Jackson Township is seeking another $1 million from the state as it works toward revamping a section of North Park by adding an amphitheater.

JACKSON TWP.  The township is hoping to secure more state money as it tries to remake the southeast corner of North Park.

In 2016 the state awarded $1 million to help the township build an amphitheater in North Park. Township officials have made a second request for $1 million when Ohio Legislators put together the biennial budget next year.

Meanwhile, during Tuesday evening's meeting trustees approved a cooperative use agreement with the state covering the $1 million already awarded for the amphitheater project.

The project still is in design phases, but township officials hope construction can begin sometime in 2018. "It's moving good," Randy Gonzalez, the township's fiscal agent, said of the project's early phase.

Officials hope to build an amphitheater and new library branch in a section bounded by Fulton Drive NW, Community Parkway NW and the township's safety center. Work would require relocating the skate park and basketball courts to a different section of North Park.

The township also will have to move soccer and lacrosse fields from North Park. Officials hope those fields will be incorporated into a proposed park on Tam O'Shanter Golf Course property along the south side of Fulton Drive NW. Property owners offered 20 acres for athletic fields when they asked to have 62 acres rezoned to allow retail business. Trustees approved the zoning change, but it is being challenged with a referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot.

In a letter to Ohio Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, officials estimated building the amphitheater and parking lots in North Park would cost $4 million, while work on athletic fields at the proposed park on the Tam O'Shanter property is estimated at $2 million.

In addition to seeking more state funds, township officials are contemplating generating funds by selling naming rights to the amphitheater.

Changes at North Park are being made through the combined efforts of the township, Jackson Local Schools and the Stark County District Library, according to the letter sent to Schuring.

In other business, township trustees:

• Started the process to rezone Keck Park and about 20 acres west of the park, which is in the 7500 block of Wales Road NW. The township owns the land and officials want it zoned for business use that would allow office buildings so the property can be developed. Most of the land is zoned residential. The proposed zoning change must be reviewed by the Stark County Regional Planning Commission.

• Conducted executive sessions to interview a part-time police officer; interview a full-time firefighter; and discuss confidential information related to economic development assistance.

• Following a hearing, declared a property at 3441 Malabu Ave. NW (unit 3443) as a public nuisance.

• Paid bills totaling $968,667.

• Accepted donations toward the 2018 Community Celebration from Merry Maids ($1,000), Siegfried Enterprises ($1,000), Bell Stores ($500), Fitzpatrick Enterprises ($500), Terry's Truck & Trailer ($250), Pfund Superior Sales Co. ($250), Wenger Companies ($250), Southway Fence Co. ($100), and Tom Jackson Commercial Property ($100).

• Accepted two donations from the Jackson Boys Soccer of $100 each to the police and the fire departments.

• Accepted a $1,500 donation to the parks department from the JGSL.

NEXT UP  Trustees meet in general session at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 at township hall, with executive session or work session starting at 4 p.m.

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