Bath Township Trustees Updates
JEDD Funds Investment, Computer System and Bath Creek Restoration Project Highlighted
By Jody Miller
The Bath Township Board of Trustees met March 20 and April 10 and acted on a number of issues. Among those issues:
• The expected payment of funds in excess of $3.2 million was received by the township in mid-March. This was the lump sum payment negotiated as part of the 1998 Joint Economic Development District among Bath, Akron and Fairlawn, and approved by Bath voters in November of that year. [Bath also receives a 10-year annual payment of $250,000 and, as of Jan. 1, 2006, a portion of the one-quarter percent income tax increase in the district for the length of the agreement.] The $3.2 million is Bath’s allotted 10 percent share of the net JEDD income tax revenues for six years, from 2000 through 2005. With the receipt of the $3.2 million, trustees approved the needed documentation to invest the funds, per a revised investment policy, in U.S. Treasury Securities. The funds are to be used, per the JEDD agreement, to preserve the “unique rural-like open space residential character of the township.”
• The board also approved a resolution honoring the Bath Township Museum Board, whose work resulted in the February opening of the museum, which will showcase the history of Bath. In particular, the resolution singled out Lee Darst, museum administrator and board members Cynthia Parish, Mary Anne Krejci, Anna McMillin, Jean Hockwalt and Bob Elrod.
• Administrator Bill Snow presented trustees with a comprehensive report on the status of the township’s computer system, now 11 years old. Stating that computer requirements have increased 10-fold and that demand far exceeds the current system, Snow urged trustees to approve the first in a series of purchases to update the mainframe computer system. The approved initial $150,000 purchase includes a server, software and hardware to bring the police and fire departments on-line first with the new system. The other departments will be added in the future. The new system will allow for an interface with the joint Fire Station No. 2 and a back-up and direct (protected) link to Copley Township’s system.
• Trustees approved a 3-year, no-cost-to-Bath agreement with Oxbow River & Stream Restoration Inc., which will research and apply for a grant to fund restoration work along Bath Creek, west of Bath Pond on the nature preserve. Oxbow will perform the work needed to stabilize the creek banks. In return, Oxbow can use the project for educational purposes for the three years.
• Nearly $100,000 in payments was approved as Bath’s half-share of the cost of work on Station No. 2, the Bath-Copley joint fire station being built on Medina Road. Snow also reported that a dedication ceremony has been tentatively set for June 2 at 4 p.m. and that the station’s proposed name is “Stoney Hill Station.”
• The township accepted a $2,079 Community Development Block Grant to continue participation in the Lifeline Program for the seven Bath residents in the program. Unlike in previous years, the program is no longer 100 percent funded by the CDBG; Bath will pay $693 toward three months of the year-long program.
According to Police Chief Mike McNeely, the person responsible for the rash of car break-ins and thefts at Bath Parks has been caught and indicted. The suspect also was involved in similar incidents in the national park and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, McNeely said.
Fire Chief James Paulett reminded residents that changing clocks to Daylight Savings Time is a good time to change smoke detector batteries.
May meetings for the Bath Trustees are scheduled for May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 22 at 4 p.m. at the Bath Administration Building.
the May 2006 issue of the Bath Country Journal. Reprinted with
permission of the Bath Country Journal.