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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield Lake and Canton roads to get a traffic light

  • Summit County Engineer, Alan Brubaker stated at the Nov. 18 Trustees meeting that the engineer’s office was successful in obtaining ODOT approval for a traffic signal at the intersection of Canton Road and Springfield Lake Road.

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  • Summit County Engineer, Alan Brubaker stated at the Nov. 18 Trustees meeting that the engineer’s office was successful in obtaining ODOT approval for a traffic signal at the intersection of Canton Road and Springfield Lake Road.
    This news was a part of his end-of-the-year summary of services for the township. It has been long awaited news for both the township and the Village of Lakemore. Pulling out from Springfield Lake Road to the heavily traveled Canton Road, presents even more danger to drivers since the closing of the Tri-County Plaza access road that allowed residents to come into the plaza without traveling on Canton Road.
    “This should greatly improve the safety of that area,” said Brubaker.
    Residents have awaited an answer on what has happened to the Canton Road project that had been planned a couple of years ago. Brubaker stated that ODOT has agreed that the safety of Canton Road must include a federally funded project to reconstruct the U.S. 224 intersection at S.R. 91. ODOT has revised its project to include the south leg and just north of the intersection of Arcadia.
    The remainder of Canton Road improvements south to Brittany Blvd. will be done by the County. It is anticipated that Canton Road, south of U.S. 224 will be a five lane highway with a center turn lane, curbs, gutters and a new storm water system. The traffic light at the plaza will be reconstructed and sidewalks and a walkway to Sanitarium will be added.
    Brubaker updated the trustees on other projects that have been completed in the township including a survey request for the Young Farm. A pristine untouched natural bog runs along the back of the property. The family was approached to sell that area for the new Metro Park, Springfield Bog. Trustee Dean Young stated they did not want to sell as it has been in the family since 1878. However, obtaining those bogs could have meant the difference of whether a metro park would go in there or not.
    “We discussed it and decided that if it means a park or no park, we would give it up,” he said.
    Their bog area includes about 17 acres.
    “Lauer Park is nearing completion of the boardwalk. The 28 acre park will be open soon to visitors and will have a half mile trail through the woods. Boy Scout Troop #304 will be working on the trail. Eagle Scout Steve Sievedering constructed a kiosk located there and at the lakefront that will contain information for the public. This was a part of his service project.
    Other business at the meeting included:
    • The approval of receipt and commitment of funding in the amount of $40,000 for a grant awarded by Summit County’s Department of Community and Economic Development for a Senior Playgorund. This is a fitness area for adults at the Lakefront Park. Springfield would be the first to have this kind of facility in the county.
    • Approval of an advance of $67,000 to cover balance of payment number two to C.C.M. Corporation for the salt storage road maintenance facility project.
    • The use of Express Works for the purposes of pre-employment screening and other occupational health care services.
    • Approval of 40 hours of vacation pay in lieu of time off for Chief John Smith.
    • Officer Mike McQuillen will apply for a $30,000 JAG fund grand for 2011 which would be used to replace equipment if it is awarded.
    • The Zoning Commission will continue its public hearing on the proposed comprehensive amendments to the Zoning Resolution and map on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.