CONCORD TOWNSHIP - Trustee Chris Galloway updated fellow trustees on the Ohio Township Association annual winter conference in Columbus at the Feb. 1 trustees meeting.
He stated he attended the conference the previous week, along with Administrator Kathy Mitchell and Dawson. While there they participated in the Coalition of Large Ohio Urban Townships (CLOUT) meeting. The CLOUT Legislative Reception provided the opportunity to speak with legislators from all over the state concerning issues facing large townships as well as the legislative agenda being promoted by the OTA and CLOUT Executive boards.
He said the OTA legislative agenda seems to be more focused and realistic this year, and there are some legislators willing to support the proposed bills.
“Examples are things like requiring ODOT, for townships over 5,000 people, to actually place their names on the exit signs,” Galloway said. “A lot of people out there probably think that’s kind of an odd silly thing but currently, under ODOT regulations, townships are not considered a place.”
He noted the signs at Interstate 90 and Route 44 only mentions Painesville (about 20,000 residents) and Chardon (5,000 residents), even though Concord Township has about 20,000 residents.
There is also legislation concerning home rule regulations which would allow townships more say about things like building codes and subdivision regulations.
Trustee Chair Paul Malchesky asked if it might be a good idea for Concord to reconsider the idea of home rule and Galloway said it would.
Galloway did note that the attorney who gave the presentation on home rule for townships said there were seven things townships would still not be able to do.
In other business:
• Fiscal Officer Amy Dawson said some residents had asked about trees that were taken down in the cemetery. She explained they were ash trees which an arborist identified as needing to be removed.
• Mitchell said she had received numerous calls from residents asking about the homes that were demolished on Concord-Hambden Road. She advised them they were taken down with funds from a FEMA grant because they were always flooding and the property would not be developed again.
Malchesky noted it was a Lake County Stormwater Management Department project which contributed some funds to that as well. He added township residents and businesses pay stormwater fees and the trustees make sure the township receives its fair share of services.
• Chief Matt Sabo reported the department had 211 events in January including 13 MVAs, 25 agency assists, seven fire alarms, 27 basic rescues, 85 advanced paramedic rescues, 15 public assists, eight calls for wires down and two structure fires.
Sabo reminded residents to do the following to help emergency personnel: be sure home addresses were highly visible from all directions; keep their drives and sidewalks clear of snow; and clear a three-foot area of snow around fire hydrants.
• Service Director Frank Kraska reported the department had 21 runs for plowing and used 1,000 tons of salt.
• Zoning inspector Heather Freeman reported Kochi, a new sushi and hibachi restaurant, was taking over the space in Concord Plaza at 9853 Johnnycake Ridge Rd. where Mocha Joe’s used to be.
• For the Sheriff’s Report, there were 1,483 calls for service including five injury accidents, 22 property damage accidents, five arrests and 28 new investigations.
(Editor’s Note: Complete Sheriff’s Reports can be found on the Record page of the Lake County Tribune.)
Residents were reminded to always lock their cars and close their garages at night.
Galloway said they need more ticketing done with all the illegal left turns from the north end of Crile onto Auburn Road.
Mitchell later explained people need to go south on Crile to the new Capital Parkway to get onto Route 44.
He said some new signage has been added to help the situation, but he knows the online directions and GPS still need to be corrected.
• Trustees approved the professional services agreement with SBJ Consulting at a rate of $125 per hour.
• A request for three streetlights at Concord Ridge RCD Subdivision, Phase 5 was approved.
• Trustees approved the following resolutions: authorizing the notification of intent to conduct an Internet auction for the sale of unneeded, obsolete, or unfit personal property and declaring certain personal property of the Concord Township Fire Department as not needed for public purpose and obsolete, and approving the sole of this property by internet-based auction.
• The trustees passed resolutions for the Fire Department’s conditional offer of part-time firefighter employment pending background check and physicals for the following: Jesse Selby: paramedic; Zachary Gartner: EMT-B; Daniel Green: EMT-B; and Daniel Stech: EMT-B.
• Also for the Fire Department, the trustees approved a purchase order for scheduling software from Aladtec for $3,600 and a pay increase for FTFF/paramedic Richard Sheppard, per contract, effective Feb. 5.
• The next regular meeting of the trustees will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.