TWINSBURG TWP. — Trustees are holding off establishing a policy for use of the Harvard Road ballfield in the Heights area until further input can be received from residents at a live meeting.
The issue was brought to trustees’ attention at their June session by Township Administrator Rob Kagler after he was presented with a use proposal from the Twinsburg Baseball League. Since then, he said several residents have provided comments.
At the trustees’ July 8 meeting, which was streamed online, Kagler recommended no action be taken until residents can meet live with trustees. The township has been conducting streamed sessions to comply with state guidelines issued to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"There’s no urgent need to establish a policy," Kagler said. "We haven’t gotten any objections about ballfield use, but we want to make sure residents have a thorough understanding and give them plenty of opportunities to comment. We also still welcome phone and email comments."
The next trustees meeting is Aug. 12, and it could be a few more months before the public is allowed to attend meetings. State law permits online governmental sessions until the virus emergency is over or until Dec. 1.
Trustees authorized the purchase of a 2020 Ford F-350 4x4 pickup truck through the Community University Education Purchasing Association at a cost of $35,072.
Kagler said the township possibly can use some of its approximately $175,000 in coronavirus relief fund money for the purchase since it would allow continuation of a "one person per township vehicle" policy related to the crisis. A second pickup truck, which the township was going to trade in, will be repaired and kept a while longer.
Kagler said once guidelines are clarified by the state, the township will compile a list of items for which it can use the relief money.
With contracts scheduled to expire at the end of 2020, Kagler reported conversations will begin soon toward new pacts with the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and Twinsburg Fire/EMS for police and fire protection services.
"I don’t see any major hurdles," he said. "We want to get the talks started so we can get the new contracts approved by the end of this year."
Kagler said some issues he wants to discuss with the city of Twinsburg are signage at Hadden Road/Route 82 and Wilcox Road, traffic and speed, intersection improvements and crosswalk requests on Liberty Road at the Blue Jaye Farms, Reserve at Kensington and Steffan Woods housing developments.
"Although those areas are in the city, the issues affect township residents," he said.
Kagler said Heights road reconstruction Phases 14 and 15 are under way on the western blocks of Rugby and Buchtel streets. Residents have been informed about the project timeline, and anyone with concerns should call Township Hall.
He said the township is looking at buying more picnic tables for the square and Robertson Park and a new Ventrac mower. He added a new bucket truck, the purchase of which was approved by trustees a year ago, is expected to arrive soon after a several month delay.
Trustee James Balogh proposed conferring with the county engineer’s office about eliminating a traffic hazard at Ravenna and Old Mill roads.
He explained southbound drivers on Ravenna wanting to turn right on red onto Old Mill and eastbound drivers on Old Mill wanting to turn left onto Ravenna can’t see cars coming westbound on Old Mill because of a slight rise to the east of the intersection.
Trustee Jamey DeFabio reminded groups which want to conduct events on the township square that they must fill out application forms.
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