AKRON

Ward 8 meeting planned

AKRON: Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith will host her monthly Coffee with the Councilwoman from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave. All are welcome.

AURORA

Improvements at stadium

AURORA: New field turf is being installed and track improvements are underway at Aurora High’s Veterans Stadium, and until they are completed, the facility is off limits to the public.

Athletic Director Paul Powers said the project began Monday, and the anticipated completion date is Aug. 1, when the football and soccer teams will kick off preseason practice sessions.

The Board of Education awarded a $503,276 contract in April to Astro Turf Corp., with $50,000 extra set aside for contingencies. The funds are coming from the district’s 1.5-mill permanent improvement levy.

“With the improved technology that’s available for installing the artificial turf and track surface, we believe they will last at least 12 years,” Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli said.

— Aurora Advocate

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MACEDONIA

Income tax increase sought

MACEDONIA: The city is again planning to ask voters to approve an income tax increase, following a narrow defeat of an identical issue in May.

The City Council this month introduced legislation to place a 0.25 percentage point income tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot to raise funds for the fire, police and service departments.

“Everybody needs to get behind this; additional money is crucial to the well-being of our city,” Mayor Joseph Migliorini said.

The ballot issue, which must be submitted to the Summit County Board of Elections by Aug. 8, is the same as the one that failed by 174 votes at the May 8 primary election.

The council’s next session is not until July 26, when members will have to vote to send the issue to the ballot. The increase would raise the rate to 2.5 percent and generate $1.2 million to $1.4 million per year, according to Finance Director Rhonda Hall.

However, Hall noted residents can apply for a 0.25 percentage point refund — a stipulation when voters passed a 0.25 percentage point increase in 2017 to resurface roads — so the rate actually would be 2.25 percent.

— Nordonia Hills News Leader

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STOW

Home invasion investigated

STOW: Police were investigating a June 9 robbery in which a Mac Drive man reported that two unknown men stole $8,000 from him.

Police Capt. Anne Stirm on Thursday referred to the incident as a “home invasion.”

“Through investigation, we have potential suspects,” Stirm said.

She added, however, that “the victim provided a very limited description of the suspects.”

On June 9, the Mac Drive man said he was robbed at gunpoint at his home during the early evening and the robbers took $8,000 in cash in an envelope, then fled.

Anyone with information should call Stow police at 330-689-5700.

— Stow Sentry

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SUMMIT COUNTY

Council president hours

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Summit County Council President John Schmidt will host public office hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St.

Schmidt, the District 2 council representative, will answer questions and hear concerns from constituents.

District 2 includes most of Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, and parts of Akron including East Akron, Goodyear Heights and North Hill.