COVENTRY TWP. During the Sept. 14 meeting, Coventry Township trustees heard an update from David Koontz from the Summit County Engineer’s Office about several projects that are in the works in the township.
Permits are still pending for the East Reservoir dam project and deep soil test mixing is expected to begin in November. Once work starts, construction crews are expected to work through the winter unless the temperatures dip into the teens or lower.
The county is planning to make improvements to Portage Lakes Drive from Manchester Road to Cormany Road in 2019 and 2020.
In other business Sept. 14, trustees:
- Held a public hearing about changes to electronic signs in the township. Zoning Inspector George Beckham said the old regulations were put in place about 10-years ago and were strict. The change, which has had no kickback, will allow for signs to change six times per minute. Beckham said he has met with many business owners who are in favor of the change.
- Approved a request for a road vacation of Angola Avenue Extension (Central Avenue). The road vacation comes as a request was received to vacate the right-of-way by property owner Ronald Lauber along with the signatures of 12 residents of the neighborhood. By Ohio Revised Code, the road will be split down the middle with one each half going to property owners on each side.
- Approved the application for the Brandon Michael Fugate Foundation Grant and accepted the grant award for a Hummingbird Helix 10 SI G2N Side Scanning Sonar and external GPS antenna in the amount of $1,850. The sonar will allow the township to obtain radar images from the bottom of a lake and put fewer divers at risk.
- Heard from Beckham about filing the tax assessments for the year. He said he had 10 properties demolished, mowed 14 lawns, cleaned up one property and boarded one other property up. Beckham said he is mowing a lot fewer properties compared to previous years.
- Heard from Trustee Tom Seese about utilizing the senior center more in the future. The township is planning to make improvements to the building to make it more attractive for people to rent out for gatherings. Trustees are also exploring the option to allow alcohol as long as there is an off-duty police officer.
- Heard from Trustee Edward Diebold who said the township does not construct driveway aprons. He said the township cannot use taxpayer money for them.
The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the town hall.