AKRON

Fatal car accident

AKRON: A 51-year-old Akron man died in a one-vehicle accident at Bruce Road and Burr Place.

A motorist saw Michael Kollar’s disabled vehicle about 7 a.m. Monday. Police then responded and found Kollar deceased in the vehicle.

Investigators believe a low-speed accident happened sometime during the night. There were no witnesses to the crash, according to an investigator with the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An autopsy is pending with the medical examiner’s office.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Pregame party

BARBERTON: The Committee to Elect Diana Stevenson Clerk of Barberton Municipal Court will host a College Bowl Fiesta from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Polish American Club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave. in Akron.

The Fiesta Bowl pregame party will include Mexican food and beverages.

The donation is $35 per person or $50 per couple.

For more information, email keepstevensonclerk@gmail.com or call 330-618-1431.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP

New fees in 2013

JACKSON TWP.: Residents will see changes in Zoning Department fees in 2013.

Zoning Department Inspector Joni Poindexter said at a trustees meeting last week that fees have not changed since 2006.

New fees will affect zoning certificates, applications to the Board of Zoning Appeals, zoning amendments, conditional-use permits and other zoning fees trustees establish.

For more information on the fee changes or for requests for zoning permits or certificates, call 330-832-8023.

STARK COUNTY

Bonds for YMCAs

CANTON: Tax-exempt bonds will help the YMCA of Central Stark County expand its facilities and services.

On Monday, county commissioners agreed to allow the Stark County Port Authority to issue $4.5 million worth of bonds to build the planned Eric Snow YMCA at 405 Second St. NW and to enhance the Paul and Carol David YMCA at 7389 Caritas Circle in Jackson Township.

Commissioners also approved an indemnification agreement that ensures the county cannot lose money on the bonds. FirstMerit Bank will buy the bonds, said Steve Paquette, port authority director.

Using tax-free bonds instead of conventional financing saves up to 2 percent on interest costs, said Tim Shetzer, YMCA of Central Stark County’s chief executive officer.

Construction is to begin in March, weather permitting, on the $3 million downtown Eric Snow YMCA, Shetzer said. Completion is expected in January 2014 for the 26,000-square-foot building. The two-story, energy-efficient structure will take the place of an older Y that was demolished.

When that project is finished, work will start on the Jackson Township facility, which will see construction of 11,660 square feet of building space and an expanded parking lot at a cost of $1.5 million. The work is expected to take one year.

Plans call for the Jackson Y to receive additions to the exercise studio and wellness center.

STATE NEWS

Recount contested

NEW PHILADELPHIA: A Democratic contender for the Ohio House this fall is contesting a recount that left him eight votes shy of victory.

The lawsuit Josh O’Farrell file Monday in the Ohio Supreme Court argues that election boards in Tuscarawas and Holmes counties threw out about 50 votes improperly.

O’Farrell was declared the loser earlier this month in a race against incumbent Republican state Rep. Al Landis. With Landis’ win, House Republicans scored a key 60-vote majority in next year’s legislature.

The suit requests that votes be counted that were cast in the wrong precinct due to poll worker error, were impossible for the optical scanners to read and should have been remade, or lacked signatures or other identifying information on the ballot or ballot envelope.

— Associated Press