COVENTRY TWP.  An initiative Trustee Richard Kutuchief has dreamed about since 1982 has finally become a reality.

During the Feb. 8 trustee meeting, it was announced that the United States Postal Service has accepted the township's mailing address change from Akron, Ohio, to Coventry Township, Ohio.

Kutuchief has said there is nothing wrong with Akron, but Coventry Township is not Akron. Anyone mailing something to the township can now use Coventry Township, Ohio, and it will arrive. The change does not affect zip codes.

"The United States Postal Service has been listening to us," Kutuchief said.

He said the mailing address change will not create any obstacles, but residents can still use Akron or Barberton if they wish.

Trustee Edward Diebold thanked Kutuchief for his hard work and said he has received a lot of positive feedback about the change. 

In other business Feb. 8, trustees:

- Approved for a liquor license at Honeymoon Grille, which is planning to expand to serve alcohol and serve a dinner menu. Currently, the restaurant closes at 2 p.m. Trustees approved not to have a hearing for the new liquor license application.

- Approved for preparing the renewal application for the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority, which is the township’s insurer for property and liability insurance on township buildings, vehicles and equipment. The township has used this program since 1992.

- Approved the township’s Medical Mutual Group Benefit Plan, which is up for renewal. There is about a 12 percent increase, which is standard for what the township has seen the past few years. 

- Approved to renew insurance through Aflac offering employee funded optional supplemental insurance. The township first began this last year.

- Approved for the Coventry Fire Department to apply for the 2018-19 State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services Grant through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. These funds come from fines collected for seatbelt violations.

- Approved the 2017 Annual Highway System Mileage Certification form the Ohio Department of Transportation. This is done each year and the township has 54.78 miles of road.

- Approved to place the road department’s 1999 Dodge Ram out of service and to be scrapped at City Scrap and Salvage. This was a tool truck, which has been replaced.

- Approved for Mr. Turchin to purchase 10 graves from Lockwood Cemetery at the original price he was quoted in November 2017 of $300 per grave. 

- Heard from Coventry Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer who said if anyboyd has questions about the snow removal process, they can call the road department and leave a message. Stouffer said the phone hasn’t rung all winter.

- Heard from Coventry Zoning Inspector George Beckham that there will be a public hearing at the next trustee meeting in regards to the addition of medical marijuana dispensary as a permitted use in a B-3 General Business Area. Trustees are in the final step in the text change process to amend the Zoning Code. This text change was applied for by Golden Buckeye Wellness of Tucson, Ariz.

- Heard from Beckham about litter pickup in the township set for April 21. The pickup will be in conjunction with the Portage Lakes Advisory Councils annual Portage Lakes State Park litter pickup. Volunteers can meet at the Coventry Township Townhall between 8:30 and 9 a.m. for donuts and to receive a map and trash bags. Volunteers are encouraged to pick up as much trash as they can and leave the bags by the side of the road. Following the litter pickup, pizza will be served at the Tutor House by the Portage Lakes Advisory Council.

- Heard from David Koontz from the Summit County Engineers Office about message boards that have been placed on South Main Street near Warner Road by the Ohio State Patrol to remind drivers to stop for school buses. Main Street is a three lane road and that means traffic needs to stop both ways for a school bus. Bus drivers from Coventry have seen multiple cars go when the stop sign is out on the bus. Trustee Tom Seese said school bus drivers have been trying to get license plate numbers of the offenders. He said the township doesn’t need another death of a student on South Main Street.

- Heard from Koontz also about the ongoing dam project. He said soil mixing near the clock tower is expected to begin March 12. He also said that Portage Lakes Drive will be resurfaced from Manchester Road to Cormany Road this year. A larger reconstruction project of Portage Lakes Drive is scheduled for 2020 and sidewalks could be added if the township receives a grant.

- Announced the Taste of Coventry will take place April 26 at Bricco and tickets are $35 each.

- Heard from Carol Eubank that the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Portage Lakes Historical Society 2018 Presidents' Day Community Organization Showcase is set for Feb. 21 at the Kiwanis building. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. The event will highlight non-profit organizations in Coventry Township and cost $15 per person.

The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. March 8 at Town Hall.