Fairlawn has agreed not to put up new concrete barricades on Rothrock Road until a court decides whether itís legal.

Copley township and Fairlawn officials reached the agreement to hold off any further action, including canceling todayís hearing to review the evidence in the case.

Portions of Rothrock Road are in both Copley and Fairlawn.

A trial on the matter will go before Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty on April 30.

The road closure dispute started in November 2010, when Fairlawn officials learned that Walmart and Samís Club wanted to relocate from their current homes in Rosemont Commons Plaza in Fairlawn to an undeveloped area in Copley Township zoned for business since 1989.

Walmart officials said they wanted to build a 300,000-square-foot complex on a 40-acre site in the northern portion of Rothrock Road, opening a 24-hour Supercenter store that would include a full grocery line and a Samís Club that would sell gas.

Fairlawn City Council members passed legislation that would shut off access to two roads ó Rosemont Boulevard and Sawgrass Drive ó to discourage potential shoppers from cutting through their neighborhoods.

First, Fairlawn barricaded Rosemont Boulevard at its intersection with Rothrock Road, then a second barricade went up, on Rothrock near its intersection with Sawgrass Drive. A gate system was planned to go up near Sawgrass that would limit access to residents and emergency vehicles, but then a temporary plan was put in place until the gate system could be built.

But then last week a new updated plan was announced that would remove the concrete walls from Rosemont Boulevard and Rothrock and move them to Rothrock near Sawgrass with no through traffic access. Emergency vehicles would be rerouted at Rosemont Boulevard and Rothrock Road.

The new barricades on Rothrock Road, west of Sawgrass Drive, were planned to go up on April 10.

A few days later, Copley filed a preliminary injunction asking the court to stop Fairlawn from erecting the concrete barriers, until the trial.

Before the court could make a decision, Fairlawn agreed with Copley to wait for the trial.

There are three individual cases going to trial next month.

Copley township officials and Fairlawn residents Kevin Woodman and Jacob Pollock are all suing the city of Fairlawn over shutting off access to Rothrock Road.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or mmiller@thebeaconjournal.com.