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code section was mistakenly stricken from the books this year while the building department was updating and removing outdated portions of the code.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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Stow council will hold first talks on proposed tax hike for school resource officers
The 0.25 percent income tax increase Mayor Sara Drew proposed in April to put police officers in Stow schools will have its first review by Stow City Council Thursday. Council is scheduled to talk about the issue Thursday and the suggestion, which came from Drew and the Stow Safety Task Force, to put the tax increase on the Nov. 5 ballot. The measure, if placed on the ballot by council and approved by voters, would generate between $1.6 million and $1.7 million annually based on the city's existing collections. That money would be earmarked specifically for law enforcement spending to hire nine school resource officers. The measure likely would include some flexibility so money collected from the increase can be used to pay for personnel, …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The candidates, voting information and issues that will affect Stow.
As we look ahead to November's election, Stow Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. The primary candidates listed below were registered for the May 7 ballot, but because the candidates were uncontested from within their own parties they will all automatically move on to the Nov. 5 election. Stow Municipal Court Judge Kim Hoover has filed as a non-partisan candidate and is expected to appear on the November ballot. The Stow Sentry reported former State Sen. Kevin Coughlin also has filed as a non-partisan candidate for the Stow Municipal Court Clerk race and will appear on the November ballot. Stow Municipal Court Judge Stow Municipal Court Clerk
Monday, May 6, 2013
Find the district's latest audit report here.
For clean and accurate record-keeping, the Stow-Munroe Falls School District was given an Auditor of State Award with distinction recently. In the latest audit, the state noted there were no findings and the district is considered to be a low risk auditee. The report is for record keeping between July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Click here to read the full audit report on the state's website.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Here's where you can expect traffic impediments during the next several weeks
Almost like dandelions, orange barrels are popping up around Stow as the city works on several road and utility projects. The image above is taken from a Google custom map showing the multiple road projects under construction throughout Stow this spring. To see the full, interactive map click on this link. Stow City Engineer Jim McCreary told Stow City Council the paving projects on Stow Road and Hudson and Commerce drives should be finished in the next three weeks. Nicholas Wren, the city's assistant public service director, said the work on Norton Road may result in periodic lane closures. "They will maintain at least one lane of traffic throughout that area," he said.