Thursday, May 23, 2013
Stow to close portion of highway for road work
Several lanes of Route 8 will be closed starting Thursday night into Friday afternoon as the city of Stow makes road repairs near Seasons Road. Route 8 southbound from the Stow-Hudson border will be reduced to one lane of traffic starting at 10 p.m. tonight. The far left lane of traffic will remain open. The closures are for emergency road repairs to replace concrete slabs that comprise the roadway in the far right lanes. The Seasons Road on-ramp to Route 8 southbound will be open during this lane closure. However, the city asks drivers to proceed with caution when entering the highway using that entrance ramp.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There are only a select county offices in Ohio to begin offering this type of identification card.
Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise's office is now offering a new wallet-size veteran identification card. The new veteran identification card will serve as an alternative to the Armed Forces Discharge record known as a DD Form 214, or DD214. Summit County is among the first in the state of Ohio to provide this service to veterans. “I am proud to be among the first in Ohio to provide this service to our veterans,” said Scalise in a prepared statement. “We have made the process of getting a card very simple and convenient. This is a great example of how my office continues to bring innovative programs to the citizens of Summit County.” The veteran identification card offers many benefits to its holder. It is similar in …
Stow City Council reviews street repairs across city
Members of Stow City Council hopped a bus this week to tour the city's road projects planned for 2013, repairs already under way and proposed upgrades for 2014. Council toured 18 different points of interest that ranged from paving repairs and sidewalk upgrades to street work proposed for next year. Nick Wren, Stow's service director, said the tour included the nearly finished upgrades to Hudson Drive and Commerce Drive. "Really, to us no one area is more important than another," Wren said. The tour included: 2013 Proposed Street Projects 2013 Existing Street Projects 2014 Proposed Street Projects Stow Councilman Mike Rasor said the bus tour by council was held once before several years ago. "It's good for city council to have an …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
New legislation allows for identification of meth and other drug labs in residential properties
After several meth lab discoveries, Stow City Council is considering creating a new section of the city code that deals specifically with the identification, notification and clean-up of "clandestine drug labs" in residential properties. Council reviewed proposed legislation Monday in committee that would establish chapter 1313 in the city code to target such drug labs and spell out exactly how the city would address the properties. Amber Zibritosky, Stow's deputy law director, said the new legislation, if approved, would give city officials the ability to address properties that otherwise tend to become vacant or abandoned once identified by law enforcement as being associated with a dangerous drug lab. "This … piece of legislation gives …
Monday, May 20, 2013
City to buy about 0.05 acres as part of road widening project
The city of Stow is well into negotiations and buying properties along Graham Road for the road-widening project to start construction as early as January 2014. The most recent land buy approved by Stow City Council is for a sliver of land in front of Rocco's Pizza on Graham Road. Council signed off on spending $23,000 for about 0.05 acres of road-front property in front of the pizzeria near the intersection with Hudson Drive. Practically every road-front property on Graham Road from Bath to Hudson roads will be touched by the Graham Road widening plan to improve traffic flow. About 50 properties in total will see some sort of change, such as to the curb or sidewalk, simply because the road will be widened in front of them. Nearly all 50 …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Planning commission signs off on 14,000 square-foot building
The industrial Alpha Parkway near State Route 8 is going to get a new tenant. The Stow Planning Commission approved a site plan Tuesday for a new, 14,000 square-foot facility on 2.5 acres for QuestMark Flooring. QuestMark currently has offices on Allen Road and will be relocating to the Alpha Parkway site, according to minutes from Tuesday's commission meeting. Stow Planning Director Rob Kurtz said J & E Development, the firm that owns the facility where QuestMark operates today, is planning to build the new facility for the firm, which specializes in industrial, commercial and retail flooring. QuestMark specializes in polished concrete and polymer flooring, according to its website. Kurtz said the new building for QuestMark is the second …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Council moving to put mistakenly stricken portion of fire code back on the books
It's nothing that hasn't existed for years, but some Stow property owners are still upset about a portion of the city's building code mandating smoke alarms in residential properties. Several residents attended Stow City Council to raise concerns about a portion of the code that the city is looking to re-insert into Stow's codified ordinances after it was mistakenly stricken from the books earlier this year. Stow Fire Chief Bill Kalbaugh said the city administration was asking council to put section 1509.09 governing smoke alarms back in the city's local laws. Kalbaugh said the code section was mistakenly stricken from the books this year while the building department was updating and removing outdated portions of the code. "This has been …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
All seven Stow City Council positions will be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
All of Stow's City Council seats — four ward and three at-large positions — are up for grabs Nov. 5. The deadline to file to run is June 12 at 4 p.m. The new term begins Jan. 2, 2014. To become a candidate, a resident must pay $45 in fees and have a petition with 50 to 150 valid signatures. Here is a list of Stow's current representatives: (No elected official in Stow can serve more than eight consecutive years in the same office.) There will be a primary in September only if more than six people run for the at-large seats or more than two people are vying for any of the ward seats. For additional information, call the Summit County Board of Elections at 330-643-5200.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Council holds first hearing on proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase for law enforcement purposes
It will be at least another month before voters in Stow know if they'll see a 0.25 percent income tax increase on the November ballot to pay to put cops in schools. Stow City Council talked at length, and with some heated exchanges, Thursday about the recommendation from Stow Mayor Sara Drew's Safety Task Force to put the tax increase on the ballot in order to put Stow Police Department school resource officers in each of the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools nine buildings. An at times standing room only crowd — comprised of police officers, school children and parents — listened as council's committee of the whole debated the issue and whether or not council should vote to put it before the voters for the ultimate decision on the tax …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The city is pushing the event to autumn.
The Stow Campfire Night planned for Friday evening is canceled because of the threat of inclement weather. Parks and Recreation Director Linda Nahrstedt said the event is rescheduled for Friday Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.