Bath Township Trustees Meet
In two recent meetings of the Bath Township Board of Trustees (Jan. 23 and Feb. 6), several items of business were approved that will have a lasting impact on the township, including the organization of and appointments to the Yellow Creek Watershed Committee and the acceptance of a donated clock.
Many of those on hand for and recognized at the meeting of Feb. 6 were members of the Yellow Creek Watershed Committee.
Trustee Donald Jenkins explained that Bath is taking the leading role among the nine communities within the Yellow Creek Watershed, one of the two cleanest watersheds in the Cuyahoga River/Lake Erie basin. This committee will work to provide a blueprint to improve water quality and storm water management and to educate stakeholders about the best ways to protect and preserve the watershed, Jenkins said.
“It’s about clean water,” said Jenkins.
According to the committee, the goals are “to preserve the clean water, protect the pristine areas and restore the areas that are compromised.” Through subcommittees devoted to education, preservation/conservation and restoration, these community members (from Bath, Akron, Copley, Brecksville, Richfield Township and Village and Granger Township) have set up action plans and goals to implement their plan of attack.
“It is incredible what Bath Township is putting forward,” said Jim Bambrick, committee chair, adding that the committee’s goal is “long-term, for the next 50 to 100 years.”
In addition to Jenkins and Bambrick, Yellow Creek Watershed Committee members include: Jeff Van Fossen, Maryanne Rackoff, Bart Frazzitta, Bruce Robinson, Marguerite France, Jeff Kerr, Nancy Ray, John Vittum, Bill Trommer, Terry Greathouse, Mike Samolis, Ira Sasowsky, Norma Setteur, Rosalie Steiner, Laurie Lappin, Martin Murphy, Chuck Reitz, Sabet Sabet, Jack Sahl, Dan Fritz, Judy Hanna, Bill Pierce, Dan Richards and David White. Resource personnel are Jim White, Laura DeYoung, Elaine Marsh and Mike Rorar.
Work of the above committee promises to have a lasting effect on the township. So, too, will the gift of an anonymous donor who has donated an historic-looking, black clock to be installed at the front entrance to Historic Bath Town Hall. The clock (see graphic above) will be visible from the roadway and will be installed as soon as weather permits.
In other business:
• Trustees approved the purchase of four cruisers for the police department as part of the planned rotation of vehicles with more than the 80,000-mile threshold. This purchase includes three Chevrolet Impalas, at a net cost of $40,965, including trade-ins, and one Ford Crown Victoria, at $20,397, with trade-in.
• Payment of $11,250 to Elite Designs Ltd. was approved for completion of the Ira Road Cemetery stone wall construction. Stone walls at this cemetery and at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery (now under construction) were designed by Vittum-Andrew Associates and are being constructed using bridge stones taken from the West Bath Road bridge when that structure was replaced in 2004, following irreparable flood damage.
• Work on the Cleveland-Massillon Road Sewer Line Improvement Project is underway (behind Gasoline Alley). A sewer line is being installed from the Robinwood Hills Package Plant that will extend up Wye Road for tie-in to the Botzum Sewage Plant. This will eliminate the last package plant in Bath. Once the sewer line work is completed, Wye Roadwill be rebuilt.
• To comply with township subdivision regulations, the developer of the Shade Park subdivision will place $12,000 in escrow. The township has requested the funds from the county for use in township parks.
• Steven Weinert was hired as a probationary, part-time volunteer firefighter trainee, effective Feb. 6.
• Service Director John Peltier advised residents to make sure that leaves and yard waste debris are not clogging the storm sewers. Some recent flooding incidents have occurred for this reason.
• The township has received 38 resumes for the zoning inspector’s position and interviewing is ongoing.
• Administrator Bill Snow commented on the death of Bob Elrod, saying that his name was synonymous with Historic Bath Town Hall, as the “keeper of the keys.”
• Trustees approved replacement of outdated fire department equipment with the purchase of biphasic units with 12-lead EKG capability for $59,239, to be paid for with funds from the nonresident ambulance billing fund.
• Trustee James Nelson reminded residents that Summit County’s “Reverse 911” has been in effect since June. This telephone warning system can be activated to call home phone numbers and alert residents in a specific area of emergencies affecting them, such as chemical spills or weather-related events. Nelson advised that if you receive an automated message, don’t be too quick to hang up without listening.
Trustees are scheduled to meet March 6 at 7 p.m. and March 20 at 4 p.m.
From the March 2006 issue of the Bath Country Journal. Reprinted with permission of the Bath Country Journal.