FAIRLAWN: Fairlawn officials have scheduled a training day for safety forces on Monday over the closing of Rothrock Road.
Public Service Deputy Director Ernie Staten announced Friday that the training will involve detailed instructions for entering and exiting the newly installed gate system at the Rosemont Boulevard and Rothrock Road intersection.
The city is also installing other barriers on Rothrock Road at Sawgrass Drive. Police and fire vehicles will be permitted to go through the barriers.
Fairlawn officials are moving forward with installing the gate on Rothrock Road after Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty ruled earlier this month that the closing of the roadway is legal.
Copley Township filed a lawsuit against the city over barriers it had put in place to restrict through-traffic.
The township charged that the city closed the road in retaliation over plans by Walmart and Sam’s Club to move from the Rosemont Shopping Center in Fairlawn to an undeveloped parcel on Rothrock Road in Copley Township.
In her ruling McCarthy stated that the city of Fairlawn wanted to protect the residential neighborhood that would be affected by the development and that Copley was not able to prove the city acted in bad faith.
The date of closure for Rothrock Road is still to be determined by city officials.
Fairlawn Mayor William Roth said this week that he was pleased with the judge’s ruling.
“We will proceed to protect our residents and close the road,” he said.