BATH TWP.: Trustees this week approved a number of appointments and reappointments to various township boards and committees.
On the Bath Zoning Commission, Nancy Fay and Maryellen Burnham were reappointed. Fay was named as a regular commission member and approved for a five-year term. Burnham moved to first alternate and Melanie Baker was appointed as second alternate.
For the Board of Zoning Appeals, Michael Mack was reappointed to a five-year term and Leslie Kreeger was reappointed as second alternate.
Two reappointments and one new appointment were made to the township’s Appearance Review Commission. Bill Healy moved from alternate to a five-year term; Curtis Smock moved to first alternate and Monica Bunner was appointed as second alternate for a one-year term.
Given the resignation of Advisory Council member Debbie Brown, who relocated, Julie Nitzsche was appointed to fill a spot on the nine-member trustee advisory group.
Greg Chandler will become a member of the Friends of Yellow Creek Committee and Kevin Cannon was appointed to the Heritage Corridors of Bath.
Tax deal off
CANTON: A Kentucky-based developer has backed away from a tax break in the face of City Council’s request that local labor be used on a proposed hotel.
Covington-based Corporex Capital LLC had sought a 75 percent, 10-year abatement of real estate taxes for a hotel proposed for the Interstate 77 interchange at Faircrest Street Southwest.
Legislation stalled in City Council in May when members asked for a local labor agreement as a condition of the tax exemption.
“Corporex has decided to move forward with their project without the city’s incentive,” Development Director Fonda Williams said in an email.
The tax break would have been worth nearly $1.2 million.
City Council voted Monday to postpone the legislation indefinitely.
In other action, council rezoned three properties and vacated parts of two alleys to facilitate the construction of a CVS pharmacy on the southwest corner of Tuscarawas Street West and Harrison Avenue Southwest. The 13,225-square-foot store is projected to open in the spring or summer of 2015 with a drive-through window and a clinic on 1.5 acres.
The project will also add parking space to an adjacent commercial building.
Council also approved a contract with Burgess & Niple of Columbus for engineering services related to the replacement of water meter and meter transmitting units. The cost is not to exceed $348,500. Members Mary Cirelli and Frank Morris voted against it.
She said the $2 monthly cost for the metering upgrade would be too expensive for some customers. Morris questioned whether the consulting services were needed.
STOW: Authorities say the investigation continues into a wrong-way crash on state Route 8 over the weekend.
Police Chief Louis A. Dirker Jr. said in news release Tuesday that “alcohol is suspected and charges are pending.”
The incident started around 11:45 p.m. Saturday when Stow police received “multiple 911 calls about a wrong-way driver” driving northbound in the southbound lanes of state Route 8.
As officers were making their way to the highway, there was a report of a head-on crash near Seasons Road.
Dirker said the wrong-way driver, Joshua Toot, 29, of Minerva, attempted to flee from the scene but was apprehended.
The driver of the second car, Michael Pappas, 22, of Akron, was injured in the crash.
SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP
SUGAR CREEK TWP.: The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, is accepting registrations for its Summer Days Enrichment program for youngsters.
That includes a class on animals for kindergartners on July 9-10, animal families for first-graders on July 11-12, adaptations for second-graders on July 16-17 and finding niches for third-graders on July 18-19.
The fee is $34 for an adult/child pair.
The fee is $17 for an additional child or adult.
Register by calling 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.
WADSWORTH: The Ohio Department of Transportation will close the state Route 261 entrance ramp onto Interstate 76 starting July 10.
The closure, expected to last two weeks, is part of the ongoing construction work on I-76 in Medina County.
At that same time, ODOT will begin construction on the westbound state Route 94 exit ramp from I-76.
The ramp will remain open, with the work being performed in phases for about two months.
ODOT also will reopen the westbound exit ramp at state Route 57 and the westbound entrance ramp from Route 94.
The ODOT project — which consists primarily of construction on the westbound side of I-76 between Route 57 and the Summit County line — is running about 30 days behind schedule, due to both contractor and ODOT delays, according to the city of Wadsworth.
CLEVELAND: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it has completed nearly 2,800 disability compensation claims for Ohio veterans who had waited more than two years as the agency deals with a backlog of claims.
The VA says the nationwide backlog had been reduced by about 65,000 claims in recent months through extra efforts to speed up decisions for veterans who had been waiting at least a year for decisions on their claims.
The head of the VA’s Cleveland regional office says workers have been putting in long hours and now will turn their attention to claims pending for at least a year and try to address some remaining older claims.
The VA is aiming to clear a national backlog of hundreds of thousands of claims by the end of 2015.
Pet law signed
COLUMBUS: For the first time in Ohio, people responsible for caring for animals can be charged with a felony for harming one.
Gov. John Kasich signed the law Sunday in Columbus creating a fifth degree felony charge for any kennel owner, operator or employee who abuses an animal in their care.
The law is known by animal activists as Nitro’s law, named after a Rottweiler who died at the hands of a Youngstown kennel owner in 2008.
The dog and eight other animals were found starved to death when humane officials raided the kennel.
Owner Steve Croley, who said he couldn’t afford to feed the animals, was found guilty and sentenced to four months in prison. Under Ohio law, Croley faced misdemeanors and a minimal amount of time behind bars.
Offenders now may face felony charges on the first offense.