Streetsboro mulls

levy for rec center

If Streetsboro eventually builds a recreation center funded by a 5-mill levy, it would be located on the current City Hall property, according to Mayor Glenn Broska.

The mayor also said the plan would include a new City Hall and fire station , as well as some additional details he said he could not discuss yet.

City Council is considering placing a 5-mill levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.  It would pay for construction and operation of the proposed recreation center, but that's not all, according to Parks and Recreation Director Greg Mytinger. 

Revenue from the levy also would pay for all current operations, as well as investments in current parks and a possible trail network on the west end of the city.

The levy would raise $2.2 million annually and cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $175 per year, he said.

Some of the features administration members would like to include in the recreation facility include a senior center, community rooms, a warming kitchen, child watch area, cardio equipment, free weights, group exercise rooms, basketball courts, indoor field, walking track, aquatics center, locker rooms and administrative offices.

Mytinger said earlier plans for a 4-mill levy were cast aside because "at this time, we do not think it would cover the operations of the department," in addition to paying for and operating a recreation center.

— Bob Gaetjens, Record-Courier


Portage is eyeing

jail work overseer

Progress on an estimated $13 million expansion of the Portage County Jail is expected after Portage County commissioners last week approved an overseer for the project.

The commissioners entered into contract negotiations with Granger Construction for construction manager at-risk services. According to the resolution, proposals were sent to 13 firms on Dec. 28, 2016. Of those, only seven returned proposals.

County commissioners interviewed representatives from the Lansing, Michigan-based Granger, as well as Turned Construction Co. headquartered in New York City. After evaluating both companies, the board selected Granger.

The resolution is only for negotiation of services. No money has been spent as of yet.

Ground has not been broken on the estimated $13 million, 132-bed female pod expansion. Commissioners decided in February not to act on legislation for a construction manager at-risk, citing inaccurate information that the jail population was declining when it was actually increasing.

Funds for the project are expected to come from revenue collected under the 5-year, 0.25 percent sales and use tax imposed by commissioners in 2015.

— M. Merchant, Record-Courier



Portage ready for

awareness efforts

Portage County commissioners and the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have become local partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the campaign to help communities become more aware of out-of-the-ordinary activity.

Local efforts in the "If You See Something, Say Something" national campaign will focus on offering basic education for residents that may or may not be needed but is a helpful tool in keeping safe, said 

PC OHS/?EM planning, training and exercise officer Cody Brookover said during the next year, Portage residents will see or hear periodic public service announcements, see information online and in print and may attend educational presentations.

"It involves paying attention to your surroundings and if something has changed and seems suspicious. Then you need to contact local law enforcement. We know residents might be unsure about what to report so the campaign helps define that," Brookover said.

PC OHS/?EM will offer community presentations about the "See Something, Say Something" campaign to groups, businesses, local government and organizations. To arrange a talk, call 330-297-3607 or email or

You can find information online at and at Portage Prepares, preparedness education and public information, at Portage Prepares is also on Facebook and on Twitter @PortagePrep.


Portage is hoping

to be reimbursed

The Portage County Board of Elections is hoping to get back $1.3 million it spent last year on new voting equipment.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has asked county elections officials to submit information outlining their preferred voting system, along with estimates for what it would cost to update their equipment.

But the Portage County board plans only to submit a reimbursement form, hoping to get money back from last year's purchase of new equipment.

Faith Lyon, director of Portage County's election board, said her office isn't interested in purchasing any more equipment. 

Last year, the office purchased 103 electronic scanners, 63 Express Vote machines for voters with disabilities, and new computers and software at the price of $1.3 million.

The voting equipment issue is increasingly on the minds of county and state officials, as voting machines purchased a decade or more ago are in need of repair or replacement.

— Marc Kovac, Statehouse bureau