Ward 8 event
AKRON: Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 councilwoman, will host a Coffee with the Councilwoman from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.
HUDSON: The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to permit rezoning a section of property at 1975 Norton Road, opening the door for “Highfield Farm” to come to Hudson.
This rezoning will allow property owner Ken Kuryla to break ground on what he describes as a “premier event venue” based on the look and feel of a Napa Valley winery.
The proposed event hall would host a bistro for public dining and a 5-acre herb, vegetable and fruit farm to service the restaurant. Kuryla said it would obtain “food with integrity” from farms in a 50-mile radius.
Council member J. Daniel Williams said he has walked the property and “likes what’s being proposed. ... [It] makes lots of sense.”
William Wooldredge describes it as “a really wonderful project” that will bring business to Hudson.
Mayor William Currin voiced concerned about the effect of the rezoning on nearby residences.
Community Development Director Mark Richardson said the area closest to residential properties is buffered by a thick area of mature trees and the change would not present problems.
PLAIN TWP.: The Board of Education on Wednesday approved the hiring of Mark Yocum as principal of Warstler Elementary.
A Malone College graduate, Yocum taught in North Canton schools for nine years and previously taught at Warstler and in Sandy Valley schools.
The board also agreed to lease an additional 3,200 square feet of space to Mercy Medical Center for its clinic at GlenOak High School and is accepting bids to resurface the track at GlenOak at a cost not to exceed $75,000.
Following their regular school board meeting, members held a work session with Plain Township trustees to discuss school safety.
Resident Dawn Campanelli asked about the sidewalks that had been proposed for Schneider Street, where three schools — Warstler, Oakwood Middle and GlenOak — are located.
After wrangling over who dropped the ball in applying for grants for the sidewalks, both boards agreed to work together to try to find grants for the project.
EDINBURG TWP.: The Edinburg Township Fire Department will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a community celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Edinburg Park, 4324 Rocksprings Road, Rootstown.
The annual community safety day will offer an afternoon of food, fun, activities, and displays from numerous safety agencies.
There will be a dunk tank with WNIR’s John “Couchburner” Denning at noon and a K-9 demonstration by the Portage County Sheriff’s Office at 3 p.m.
The event is free to everyone.
Park access limited
Two entrances to Hampton Hills Metro Park will be closed for asphalt work Tuesday, weather permitting: the Main Entrance, 2925 Akron-Peninsula Road, Akron; and the Field Entrance, 1940 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
Only the road approaches are being resurfaced. The lots themselves will remain crushed limestone.
The Top O’ the World Area, 1285 Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls, will be open during the work, barring heavy rain, so the park’s two hiking trails still can be accessed.
For more information, go to www.summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511.
TALLMADGE: Police are advising motorists to avoid the area of North Avenue and East Howe Road from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Summit Racing Equipment is holding its annual “Super Summit” at the county fairgrounds, and the popular event is expected to cause traffic congestion.
Those not attending should consider taking an alternative route to minimize delays and help ease the traffic congestion, Tallmadge police said.
Business to expand
WADSWORTH: The City Council on Wednesday approved an incentive package for an expansion of ECS Tuning Inc.
A distributor of auto parts, ECS plans to invest $6 million to expand its Seville Road facility by up to 40,000 square feet and add machinery and furniture.
With the expansion, the company is expected to add 105 permanent jobs over the next three years, which would expand payroll by $3.4 million annually.
As an incentive, the city is providing a 65 percent real estate exemption for 10 years and a grant of 40 percent of the payroll taxes for the new employees for nine years.
In addition, the city will provide the school system 10 percent of the new payroll taxes the city receives from the expansion.
Service Director Chris Easton told the council’s Economic Development Committee at its June meeting that the state of Ohio and the Medina County Economic Development Committee also are providing incentives for the company to remain and expand.
Assistant Service Director Harry Stark said Wednesday that three other states had been courting the company.
WADSWORTH: A Wadsworth woman has been indicted on a charge of setting fire to her home last fall.
Jill Tucker, 58, was arrested Thursday by Wadsworth police detectives after a Medina County grand jury indicted her on one count of aggravated arson. She was being held in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
She is accused of starting a fire Oct. 13 inside her home at 168 S. Pardee St. Police say Tucker was alone inside the house when the fire began about 3 a.m.
It took firefighters from Wadsworth, Rittman, Seville, Guilford Township and Sharon Township about five hours to extinguish the blaze, police said.
An investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and a Wadsworth police detective ended in early June with the grand jury indictment.
Police did not identify how the fire started or why Tucker might have started the blaze.
Route 94 to close
SUGAR CREEK TWP.: State Route 94, just south of Goudy Road, will close for railroad crossing repairs Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.
The road is expected to reopen June 28.
The posted detour will involve U.S. 30 and state Route 241. Locally, Goudy, West Lebanon and Hackett roads can be used to avoid the crossing.