Township trustees get updates on operations


TWINSBURG TWP. – Administrator Rob Kagler gave a number of updates about township operations at the trustees’ June 10 meeting.

He said employees who were working at home or off-site during the state’s stay-at-home edict brought on by the coronavirus pandemic returned to in-office and in-shop locations as of June 8. However, the township’s offices remain closed to the public.

“The staff did an outstanding job keeping things going during the shutdown,” said Kagler, who added the two community gardens are now open, branch chipping has resumed and trash and recycling collections are back to normal.

Kagler urged residents who encounter problems with Kimble Co. trash/recycling pickup to call Township Hall. He also directed residents who want to dispose of large items to call the township before putting them on the curb.

Since area rec centers that the township partners with have reopened, membership applications can be requested, filled out and turned in.

Kagler reported the Heights Phases 14 and 15 road improvements are under way on the western blocks of Rugby and Buchtel streets, and residents should call Township Hall if they have questions or concerns. Tri-Mor Corp. is doing the work at a cost of $1.2 million.

Kagler reported a discussion about possible township participation in the Summit Port Authority’s Energy Special Improvement District is scheduled to take place at the July 8 meeting.

In March, he told trustees the district initially would focus on commercial/industrial and multi-family housing entities, and may later extend to single-family homes. The program allows the cost of energy improvements to be assessed to property tax duplicates.

Kagler also said the township is seeking residents’ input on the future use of the Heights park ballfield. Discussion and possible trustees’ action are planned in July. “We’ve had a half-dozen inquiries about the field, and the Twinsburg Baseball League has made a proposal,” he said.

Trustees adopted a resolution authorizing the township to request and accept federal CARES Act funds through the state of Ohio and Summit County as laid out in Senate Bill 310.

All CARES Act funds received must be spent to cover township costs applicable to coronavirus relief. Senate Bill 310 established a procedure for distribution of the funds to local governments.

Trustees approved supplemental appropriations for 2020 which reflect a net increase of $105,418 in the general and road/bridge funds, and OK’d paying obligations amounting to $737,606 and then and now commitments totaling $8,323.

Upcoming township meetings are as follows: June 29 and July 7 – board of zoning appeals at 6 p.m.; July 7 – zoning commission at 7 p.m.; July 8 – trustees with an executive session at 6 p.m., work session at 6:30 and regular session at 7. All meetings will be live-streamed on the township’s website.

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