SPRINGFIELD TWP.  After hearing a presentation by Summit County Public Health Creating Healthy Communities, Springfield Township trustees approved a policy that bans smoking of any kind in recreational areas of the township.

The smoke-free policy is Springfield Township’s commitment to providing safe and healthy environments for children. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S. Also, exposure to second-hand smoke has negative health impacts, and the U.S. Surgeon General has determined there is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Smoking will not be permitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week in areas such as playgrounds, community gardens and athletic fields controlled by the township. That includes areas such as restrooms, spectator and concession areas for athletic areas. For playgrounds, the policy prohibits smoking in the playground area, parking lots and areas directly adjacent to where children are playing.

Smoking is defined as inhaling or exhaling smoke from any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other tobacco or plant product, or inhaling or exhaling aerosol or vapor from an electronic delivery device.

Other business:

- During the Dec. 14 meeting, trustees also approved legislation that allowed for the township to enter into an agreement with Oswald Companies and agent Brian Felecianio to provide medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage for township employees. Oswald Companies will facilitate the transition from the current policies to the newly adopted proposals. The township will be contracting with Anthem for medical, dental, vision and life insurance effective Jan. 1.

- Police Chief Dave Hoover gave the monthly report stating the department had a total of 1,094 incidents for the month of November. Approved legislation for the department was the acceptance of the resignation of Officer Jamie Mizer, effective Dec. 29.

- Business for the fire department was a nunc-pro-tunc payment for a repair of a fire department heart monitor in the amount of $1,395.

- Trustees also approved a resolution to join the Summit County lawsuit against individuals or entities related to the marketing, prescribing, distribution or sale of opioids.

- For the Parks Department, a motion was approved to amend a previous motion to contract with CT Consultants to increase the amount of the contract for a total of $22,500 for the Spartan Trail Master Plan and copies.

- The property at 1553 Carter Drive was declared to be a nuisance and for abatement to be initiated. No one was present at the meeting to represent the property on Carter Drive or 1784 Krumroy Road. The Board did receive a letter from the property owner of the Krumroy property requesting additional time for clean up. The trustees did extend the time to Jan. 11, 2018. If the cleanup has not been completed at that time, an order will be issued to have the property cleaned up.  Also a property at 2789 Old Home Road was slated for nuisance abatement. No one was present to represent the property.

- In other zoning business, Glenn King’s term on the Board of Zoning Appeals was renewed for the period Dec. 31, to Dec. 31, 2022.

- Resident Glen McVay said he was concerned about the budget crisis for Springfield Township.

- Resident Pam McVay said she would like to see larger ‘No Swimming’ signs posted.

The board went into executive session to discuss the status of negotiations with a public employee union and also to discuss hiring of a public employee. No business followed.

The next regular trustees meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 11 at town hall,