George W. Davis
Ohio.com correspondent

GREEN: A group opposed to a racino relocating to Green has launched a petition drive to ban any gambling in the city except for nonprofit groups.


Concerned Citizens Against Casinos must obtain at least 901 valid signatures of registered voters in Green to submit its ballot initiative.


Resident Desmond Wertheimer told City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting that the petitions must be filed with the Summit County Board of Elections no later than Sept. 7 to meet the board’s 60-day deadline before the Nov. 6 general election.


To be on the ballot, City Council would have to receive the petition and create legislation for passage at council’s Aug. 14 or Aug. 28 meeting to meet the board deadline.


The petition says no casino gaming, horse racing, scheme of chance, game of chance or gambling device shall be allowed or operated in Green, except for nonprofit charitable purposes as authorized by state law or city ordinance.


Wertheimer and attorney David Mucklow are listed as the committee to represent petitioners in all matters relating to the petition and its circulation.


Rock Ohio Caesars inked a deal with the state in early June allowing the track to relocate from North Randall in suburban Cleveland to a yet-to-be-named location within a 12-mile radius of the Akron-Canton Airport. Rock Ohio, which operates the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland, is a partnership of Rock Gaming and Caesars Entertainment.


The company says it’s looking along the Interstate 77 corridor, and last year had talks with Green and airport officials about an 80-acre parcel owned by the airport along Greensburg Road.


In other business, council approved seeking funds from the state and local transportation improvement program for financial assistance to reconstruct Steese Road from the Massillon Road roundabout to Shriver Road.


Service Director Randy Monteith said Engineer Paul Pickett is preparing bidding contracts. Paving could begin in September.


Other resurfacing projects being processed include Heckman Road from Mayfair Road to the east corporation limit, Shriver from Steese to Greensburg Road, Mayfair from the railroad tracks to the south corporation limit and South Arlington Road from Nimisila Road to the south city limit.


Strip patching also is to be done on state Route 619, Mayfair, Provens Drive and Raber Road and possibly Beechnut Drive, Monteith said.


Council also approved:

• A contract with Northstar Asphalt of North Canton for three types of resurfacing material and Massillon Asphalt for tack for the city’s resurfacing projects this season.

• A $45,000 contract to Brandstetter Carroll for architectural services for new and expanded restroom facilities at Boettler Park and a possible addition at Greensburg Park.

• $15,000 in local match funds toward a state grant program to demolish abandoned, vacant and blighted residential properties.

• Paying up to $125,000 for emergency repairs to Fortuna Drive traffic signalization as a result of a vehicular accident. The funding is to be reimbursed by an insurance settlement.

• All tax incentive projects on the books for another year.

• Changing zoning totaling 246.5 acres east of Massillon Road and north and south of Wise Road and accepting the general concept plan for Union Square and Park Place developments.

• A second replat of Arlington Ridge East to permit work to begin shortly on a new Residence Inn and addition to the Hampton Inn.

George W. Davis can be emailed at mediaman@sssnet.com.