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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry trustees discuss flooding concerns

  • Coventry Trustees discussed flooding in and near the Brewster Creek Watershed at Penguin and Glenmount avenues.

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  • Flooding in and near the Brewster Creek Watershed at Penguin and Glenmount avenues was the topic of discussion at an Oct. 10 trustees meeting.
    Trustee David Calderone gave a comprehensive history of the flooding issue, noting that it has been researched and reviewed by former trustees and township engineers for 20 years.
    “The Township Trustees have no direct responsibility in those claims because it doesn’t involve township roads — it involves the City of Akron, country streets, county drainage and private property,” Calderone said. “There is no real direct responsibility of the Coventry Township Board of Trustees to mitigate that problem.”
    Calderone said Coventry Township has, on it own, sought solutions to the problem and noted that previous trustees and engineers were reviewing options that cost between $2 million and $5.5 million to complete.
    “Indirectly, we all have sworn to protect, serve and support our residents. And that is the position we are taking,” Calderone said. “The problem with Brewster Creek is large, but what we are trying to do is focus on mitigations that are specific to Coventry.”
    Calderone introduced engineer James Rozelle of Stark Water Engineering of Dayton Ohio who has researched this flooding problem and gave a presentation with some problem-solving suggestions.
    “It’s all solvable,” Rozzelle said. “The problem is money. It always boils back to who is going to pay and how are we going to pay to get this done? The township has limited resources to even get involved in most of this.”
    Rozelle encouraged trustees to seek funding to support projects through a conservancy district or a sub district.
    The flooding matter only was discussed Oct. 10. No legislation has been introduced to fix this issue.
    In other business Oct. 10, trustees:
    • Approved an amount of $3,400 from Mulch Makers of Ohio, Inc. for two leaf drop-offs — Nov. 9 and Nov. 23. Both 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Logan Field.
    • Approved a motion authorizing $500 payable to Lightner Tire Co. for Logan Field tire scrap recycling Nov. 9.
    • Approved a motion authorizing the removal of four trees at a cost of $4,400 to J&J Tree Service. Two trees at the Coventry Senior Center will be removed, and two trees on the fire lane off of Onaway Avenue will be removed.
    • Approved a motion authorizing an additional $21,770 to Gangle Excavating for property demolitions under the Moving Ohio Forward Grant: 283 Iris Ave. ($6,680), 660 Fruit Drive NE ($6,700), 640 Fruit Drive ($5,400) and 965 Portage Lakes Drive ($2.990).
    n Approved a motion authorizing Gangle Excavating $2,500 to remove miscellaneous items from 3621 Manchester Road and $3,750 to subcontract HEPA Environmental for asbestos abatement of that property.
    • Approved a motion to appoint Holly Miller to the Board of Zoning Appeals until Dec. 15, 2015, and to appoint Jack Cousins to the position of First Alternate. The appointments were necessary as Robert Stouffer resigned his position with the Board of Zoning Appeals.
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    Township Trustees will have their next meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Town Hall.