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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

The township minutes are posted on our website at www.bostontownship.org and outside the fiscal office at the Boston Township Hall. Trustee meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Zoning commission meets the second Tuesday of the month and the Board of Zoning Appeals meets the fourth Tuesday of the month.

WEBSITE: Visit our Website at www.bostontownship.org to find up-to-date Township information. Contact numbers for the Trustees: Amy Anderson: 330-657-2439, Randy Bergdorf: 330-655-5698, and Bill Clifton: 330-657-4032. Fiscal Officer: Catherine Anson at 330-657-2059; Road Department: Dave Krusinski at 330-657-2600; and Zoning Inspector: John Schneider at 330-657-2601 or 234-900-9145.

Boston Township Voting: In consultation with the Summit County Board of Elections and to better address requirements to meet Covid-19 guidelines, voting for Boston Township residents will move from the community room upstairs where it has been held in the past to the Boston Township Trustees` meeting room on the lower level. This room can be arranged better for social distancing and provides one way in and one way out.

Road Department: A few years back, Volkswagen settled claims against the company by setting up the EPA Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund. From this fund, grants will be issued to communities upgrading and replacing old road equipment. The township voted to apply to this program and should we be successful, we will have the opportunity to purchase a new road department truck for only 30% of its regular cost. The township and the village have signed an agreement for the provision of salt this winter. The township will sell salt to the village at $79 per ton with a $3 per ton loading fee. Additionally, the township voted to extend the current agreement with the village for the rental of space at the township garage for an additional six months (with the option for further extensions) at the rate of $500 per month.

The last brush pick-up will be October 5, 2020. Leaf pick-up begins October 15, 2020 and ends December 15, 2020. Please do not place your leaves on the road. Place your leaves near the roadside allowing room for our machinery to operate safely. Keep leaves away from signs and posts and not in ditches.

Covid-19 Issues: The trustees voted to set up a CARES Act Fund account to handle money for Covid-related issues. From this fund, the trustees voted to purchase the necessary equipment to better facilitate virtual meetings for the trustees and the zoning boards. Also, the trustees approved a Covid-19 action plan for the township.

Police Levy: The township`s current police levy will be expiring at the end of 2020. The trustees voted to place the police levy on the November 3, 2020 ballot as a renewal levy. A renewal levy brings in the same amount of money for the township that the expiring levy generates and will not raise property taxes. The 7-mill, 5-year levy will generate $150,508 per year. For the owner of a home appraised at $100,000, the cost of the levy will be $211.92 per year. The Boston Township Police Levy will be listed as Issue #31 on the November 3rd ballot.

Zoning: The trustees voted to reappoint Linda Littler to the Zoning Commission for a five-year term expiring September 4, 2025. Also, both the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals approved resolutions delaying hearings for zoning matters because of Covid-19 restrictions. Public meetings have been limited to only ten in attendance. With five board members, the zoning clerk, the solicitor, the trustees` zoning liaison and, when necessary, the court reporter, the attendees would already be at nine leaving very little room for applicants and others to testify. For matters as important as zoning hearings, the two boards did not feel that virtual meetings provided enough reliability.