Trustees prepared for the upcoming year by swearing in two of their trustees for their new terms.
Tom Seese and Edward Diebold each took the oath of office at the Dec. 1 meeting.
During the regular session, the trustees continued a previous discussion regarding the TREX program and the liquor license transfer requested from Portage Lakes Brewing Company.
Zoning Inspector George Beckham received a request for a liquor license from Portage Lakes Brewing Company and noted that there are no liquor licenses to be granted. However, under the Ohio TREX program, a liquor license can be obtained by transferring one liquor permit from one jurisdiction to another jurisdiction. Culinary Inc. transferred its permit to the President of Portage Lakes Brewing Company on Oct. 29.
To help with an future issues of this kind, trustees finalized guidelines surrounding the matter. They are:
n Coventry Township Trustees must review and approve all TREX transfers.
- The applicant of an economic development transfer must meet with the township trustees and must substantiate that the transfer would qualify as an economic development project.
- At least one week before meeting with trustees, the applicant must submit a written report to the trustees detailing the cost and description of the project, the estimated number of jobs created and projected earnings from the project.
- Alcohol sales cannot account for more than 25 percent of the total retail sales in the establishment.
- The grant or denial of the proposed transfer is the sole discretion of the Coventry Township Board of Trustees.
In other business Dec. 12, trustees:
- Approved the payment of $1,865 to Gangle Excavating for the disposal of hazardous waste (dry cleaning fluid) at Hickle's Dry Cleaners at 3723 Manchester Road.
- Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Summit County Combined General Health District and Coventry Township for storm water services for 2014 through 2018 at a cost not to exceed $17,942.22.
- Approved the purchase of a gift card from Ohio State Parks for $500 for Dr. Thomas Hetrick. After 25 years of service as the township's volunteer Medical Director, Hetrick is retiring.
- Appointed Diebold and Seese as the board's representatives to the Volunteer Fire and Dependent Fund for 2014.
- Heard from Yolanda Walker, a representative of ReWorks/Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority regarding the organization's five-year plan. The Trustees approved the plan for Coventry Township.
- Were reminded that Senior Center will be closed the week of Dec. 23.
The next Coventry Township Trustee meeting is at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the town hall.