SPRINGFIELD TWP.  The Springfield Township Board of Trustees held a special meeting Feb. 15 to accept the resignation of Parks Director Doug Foltz.

Foltz has been with the township as park director for almost five years. He recently accepted a position as park director for the City of Canton. At the meeting, Foltz thanked trustees for the opportunity.

"It has been a pleasure to work with the community and I think we have come a long way," he said. "It takes a lot of good people to make it happen."

Foltz said he will continue to help with the master plan for the Spartan Trail.

"It is important to continue the mission statement to make great trails for the community," he said.

Since Foltz has been working as parks director, the parks of have been updated, the Spartan Trail has further been developed, playground equipment has been added to Lakefront Park, programs have been added, signage has been updated, the trail at JEDD Park which he worked with teacher Betty Kern has been developed and the lakefront is being used for many events. More than $575,000 in grant money has been acquired during the last three years.

"People from all over Northeast Ohio like to come to our beautiful lake," Foltz said.

Foltz said he "hated to leave" as he has made so many friends in the township and enjoyed working with the parks board, parks department, the community and the township employees.

"It has been a pleasure to work with you and we will always be friends," he said.

Trustee Dean Young thanked Foltz and said, "I feel a little like it is a death in the family. I reflect on what you have brought to the community and to remind people we really didn’t have a parks department here until April 2013. You have done a lot for us and given us the inspiration to do more. It is with regret, but we will accept your resignation. Springfield’s loss is Canton’s gain. We wish you well."

Linda Lohr, volunteer auxiliary Springfield  Police coordinator, presented Foltz with a Springfield Township shirt from Community Policing Officer Dan Rafferty and herself. Lohr said Foltz has worked with them on so many projects over the years.

In other business, trustees:

- Approved a transfer of funds to operating supplies and went into executive session to discuss the hiring of a public employee. 

- After the executive session trustees approved to extend counsel for the township, Warren Price’s contractual agreement to include for him to also perform the duties of township administrator, overseeing the daily operations of the township. It is a 40 hour a week position and his job description will follow the Ohio Revised Code Section 505.031. Having a township administrator is anticipated to save Springfield money.

- A reception was held for Foltz with many community members and those he has worked with over the years in attendance. Foltz said he wanted to thank the trustees and especially Young as it has been his vision for the trail and to build more recreational amenities for the township.