COVENTRY TWP. Traffic on Boston Avenue northbound between Covelin Avenue and Angola Drive will soon be one way.
During the Dec. 14 meeting, Coventry Township trustees approved a recommendation by the Summit County Engineer for the traffic pattern change. Trustees held a public hearing and no one opposed the change.
Coventry Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer said his department has had multiple calls to remove vegetation near the road to improve sight distance. He said all that can be trimmed has been done but concerns remain and that is why the one-way traffic pattern will make it safer. Stouffer said it would cost thousands of dollars to rework the intersection.
Coventry Fiscal Officer Robert Saffian said he lives in the area and has almost been hit. He said the road is only 11 feet wide, calling it a big safety issue. Trustee Richard Kutuchief said it sounds like the concern has been well studied and that it seems like a good plan.
Trustee Edward Diebold said letters went out to all those impacted by the change.
Proper signage is expected to be put up soon.
In other business Dec. 14, trustees:
- Swore in Diebold and Trustee Tom Seese for another term to the board.
- Approved a three-year contract with the Summit County Sheriff's Office for policing in the township.
- Approved for Fire Chief John Dolensky to purchase a four-wheel drive chase vehicle (SUV) in the amount not to exceed $50,000. Dolensky said he has been wanting to replace the vehicle for three years and this will replace his 2004 vehicle which he drives to go to calls.
- Heard from Dolensky who said a new firetruck was recently delivered to the township.
- Heard from Stouffer who said all the roads were cleared following a recently snowfall. He said it took crews about 10 to 12 hours to get through all the routes. He said it took a little longer because of the snow being so wet. He also said when temperatures are in the teens salt won’t work, which may have residents believing their street has been skipped.
- Heard from Zoning Inspector George Beckham who said Portage Lakes State Park did not remove the buoys in the lakes this year in hopes to encourage caution for snowmobilers on the lake.
- Heard from Beckham about an application the township has received for a medical marijuana dispensary in Coventry. The dispensary would be located in the building behind Starbucks on Arlington Road. He said a public hearing was held at the Zoning Commission meeting, but no action was taken. There will also be public hearings in February and March. He said the applicant has a dispensary in Arizona and is well versed on the differing laws from state to state. Beckham also said he met with the owner of the game room near Swartz and Arlington Road. He said there have been 75 calls in the past year, with some of them pertaining to the neighboring gas station. The same owner owns the game room on Arlington Road near Killian Road and only had one sheriff call to that location. Beckham said clearly there is an issue and he is working with the owner to improve the situation.
- Appointed for Diebold and Seese to be representatives to the Volunteer Firefighters Dependent Fund for 2018.
The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Town Hall.