Monday, April 22, 2013
The Twinsburg Board of Education voted Monday to put a 5-year renewal levy worth 4.9 mills on the ballot during the Aug. 6 special election
In a divided 3-2 vote, the Twinsburg Board of Education voted Monday to put a 4.9-mill renewal levy on the ballot during the Aug. 6 special election. School board members were united in their belief that the renewal levy is needed but had disagreements on the timing. Board President Kate Cain-Criswell and members Stephen Shebeck and Ron Stuver voted to hold the levy in August. Vice President Paul Crosby and Board Member David Andrews voted no because they believed the levy should be in November. The district administration supported putting the levy on the ballot in August. The 4.9-mill levy was last approved in 2007 and brings in about $4.4 million annually for the district. School officials say the district would have to make cuts and …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Several Patch blogs got you talking this week. We gathered the conversation starters, in case you missed 'em.
We love to get you talking, and this week we had a few blogs that touched on some hot-button issues. Take a glance at these blogs and let us know where you stand in the comments section. We appreciate your input! 1. Rose Petsche couldn't believe Rob Portman's "no" vote on the bi-partisan background check for the purchase of firearms bill. She asks, "Is there any question that money buys political votes?" Read what else she said here. 2. Dr. Barbara Berkeley says this pill is guaranteed to help you lose weight. Which pill? The answer may surprise you. 3. Psychologist Gene Benedetto asks, "Have you really seen any government program that does not wreak of corruption and fraud?" Do you believe crisises are used to create more programs that …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Blogger Rose Petsche says she is disappointed Rob Portman voted "no" on the bi-partisan background check bill. Are you?
Monday, April 15, 2013
Restoration work should be complete by the fall in 2016.
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County was awarded $868,000 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to complete the restoration of Pond Brook in northern Summit County. Pond Brook flows through the district’s Liberty Park in Twinsburg, Twinsburg Township and Reminderville, and is a major tributary to Tinker’s Creek, the largest of the Cuyahoga River’s sub-watersheds. The restoration began in 2006 to repair the ditching, draining and damming done more than a century ago. The project is sponsored by the Ohio EPA's Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program. The grant will enable the park district to restore 6,500-feet of Pond Brook — most of which is south of State Route 82. Mike Johnson, chief of natural resources for Metro Parks, said…
Taxpayers who own land that contains valuable natural resources should be aware that arranging for the development of the resources by means of a lease creates tax consequences.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The app will be available on May 1, 2013.
GPS directions, downloadable maps, park alerts, news releases, events and links to all the popular social media outlets — that's what Metro Parks, serving Summit County is promising in its new free app. It will be available for download on smart phones May 1. It will include directions to 14 parks, 40 trail maps covering 125 miles, birding hot spots in the park district, 25 historical landmarks, sledding hills, fishing areas, restrooms and pavilions/shelters, said spokesman Timothy Hite in this Akron Beacon Journal story. Creating an app usually costs thousands of dollars. Find out how the park system developed it for less than $500 in the full ABJ article.
Rookie Police officers Matthew Pfeiffer and Ken Weinhardt joined the force in March, but were officially sworn in Tuesday night by Mayor Katherine Procop.
The city is considering hiring Golf Sense Inc. to make recommendations on how to improve Gleneagles Golf Course
City officials are looking for ways to improve the play experience at Gleneagles Golf Course and are considering hiring a consultant to study the city-owned course. Twinsburg City Counsil is considering an ordinance to hire Golf Sense Inc. to study the course and make recommendations on how it can remain competitive with the area's other municipal and private golf courses. Golf Sense beat out three other firms for consideration. The ordinance to hire the firm had its first reading Tuesday night. The study will examine each hole and look for ways to improve their design and landscaping to make a better experience for golfers. The goal, of course, is to help the course bring in more revenue and more rounds of golf each year.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Twinsburg City Council recently gave final approval to a ballot measure that would ask the voters to decide whether to repeal a quarter-cent income tax.
Twinsburg City Council recently gave final approval to a ballot measure that asks city voters to decide in November whether to reduce the city income tax rate. If voters approve the measure Nov. 5, the city's income tax will fall to 2 percent from 2.25 percent. The move by city council keeps a promise that city officials made back in 2009 to repeal the income tax within 4 years, once the city weathered the "economic storm." City council members have said that putting the wheels in motion to repeal the extra tax is one of their priorities this year. The quarter-percent income tax brought in about $3 million extra in 2011, and about $3.2 million in 2012. The tax was initially approved to help bolster city revenues after the Chrysler plant …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
On March 7, the prosecutor's office started sharing photos, events and press releases.
Want to find out the latest updates coming from the prosecutor's office about prison sentences, upcoming events and safety tips? If you're a Facebook user, an easy way to do that is to "like" the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. The office joined Facebook on March 7. As of April 3, 2013, the page had 179 fans. So far, the prosecutor's office has shared updates on: High-profile cases: Interesting events: Photos: Click here to "like" the Summit County Prosecutor's Office page on Facebook.