City Council to vote on beekeeping rules

Cuyahoga Falls City Council will vote Sept. 12 on legislation to allow urban beekeeping. On Sept. 6, Council's planning and zoning committee voted 3-0 to bring out that legislation with a favorable recommendation.

Planning Director Fred Guerra said last year the city received several complaints and inquiries about urban beekeeping.

"Based on these complaints and inquiries, it was decided to amend the General Development code to allow beekeeping on single-family residential lots and in E-1 Employment Districts."

The amendment would both allow and regulate beekeeping, he said.

The committee's vote came following discussion during its meeting and a public hearing that took place the same evening where four people including the city's planning director spoke in favor of the ordinance and two people spoke against it. The amendment is being recommended by the city's Planning Commission which approved it on July 6.

City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

City locks in new natural gas rate

The city of Cuyahoga Falls has locked into a new natural gas rate with its current supplier IGS Energy, according to Mayor Don Walters.

The city's current contract with IGS Energy began in April 2015 and continues through March 2017. The current rate of $2.67/MCF (1,000 cubic feet of gas) is set to expire with the September billing period.°°

The new rate with IGS Energy begins in October.°The current offer is for the remaining six months of the contract. The offer provided is a fixed monthly rate of $3.49/MCF through the March 2017°billing period, according to a news release from the city.

Under the terms of the aggregation program, eligible residential and small commercial customers will be included in the purchasing group automatically unless they elect to opt out of the program.°This includes those currently enrolled in the program and those currently on Dominion's SCO program. IGS Energy will be sending information to all eligible customers. °

Current participants in the city's gas program will continue to be enrolled in the new program.°This is an opt-out program. Letters will be mailed from IGS to each customer explaining the program. Participants will have the option to terminate at any time without cancellation fees.

Dominion East Ohio customers paying the SCO rate will be automatically moved into the city's program.°This is an opt-out program, providing each customer with the opportunity to opt out. Letters will be mailed from IGS to each customer explaining the program and options. Customers choosing not to participate should contact IGS to opt out.

Customers that are on another choice program with a different supplier will not receive a letter. They may call IGS to join, but they should review their current contract first, according to the news release.

For more information regarding the city of Cuyahoga Falls' natural gas aggregation program, contact IGS Energy at:°1-877-353-0162.°Continue to watch the Falls News-Press and the city's website at°°for updates.

Fall Clean-up in Falls continues through Sept. 16

Fall Clean-up for all city of Cuyahoga Falls sanitation customers continues through°Sept. 16.

Place all Fall Clean-Up refuse at the curb on the regular pickup day by 7 a.m. for collection, along with regular refuse and recyclables. There will be no additional charges for extra trash on a regular pickup day during Fall Clean-up. If residents have any questions, the sanitation department can be contacted directly at 330-971-8010.°

Branches (less than 2 inches in diameter) and cuttings must be tied securely at both ends with heavy twine or rope in bundles not to exceed 5 feet in length and 24 inches in girth. Limit five bundles a week. All yard wastes (grass clippings, garden waste, leaves, etc.) placed at the curbside must be in yard waste carts or yard waste bags. Brush and yard wastes are collected separately. Do not exceed 45 pounds per bag or bundled brush. Do not place dirt or mulch in yard bags. Yard bags must be placed on customers' curbs by 7 a.m. on their pickup day.

Unacceptable materials include: any waste not contained in a plastic bag or paper bag or box, yard waste not placed in special paper yard waste bags, unbundled brush, tree trunks, logs or large parts of trees, demolition material, construction material, stone, rock, broken or whole bricks or cement, gravel, cinders, ashes, dirt, mulch, asphalt, earth, vehicle parts or tires, motor oil, lead-acid batteries, gasoline tanks, propane tanks, pet feces that is not double bagged, or carpet that is not rolled (5 feet by 2 feet) and secured at both ends.

Lane restrictions on Route 8 between Graham Road, Route 303

State Route 8 between Graham Road and State Route 303 has various nightly lane restrictions for pavement repairs.

Route 8 between Graham Road and Route 303 is reduced to two lanes in each direction for pavement repairs until further notice.

Route 8 between Graham Road and Route 303 will be reduced to one lane in each direction nightly between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. until further notice, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. This work is the beginning of a $930,000 project to make various pavement repairs on state Route 8 between Graham Road and State Route 303. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late September.