Valley Fire Association Pancake Breakfast at Valley Fire Station
Valley Fire District's Association will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, 7 May'17 from 8AM to 1PM, at its main station on Route 303 (Streetsboro Rd).
All info: Valley Fire Pancake Breakfast 2017 (posted: 18 Apr'17)
Public Hearing: Zoning Map Adoption
A public hearing will be held at the Boston Heights Village Hall at
6:30PM, Tue 14 Mar 2017 (before the monthly Council meeting). The hearing
will present an updated Zoning Map for the Village. The map update
incorporates existing, already adopted zoning changes since the last
map was adopted in 2012. Primary updates are the current uses and zoning around
Route 8 and Hines Hill Road, along with new subdivisions. As the Zoning Map
is part of the Zoning Code itself, Council must formally adopt it after Planning
Commission approval (already given) and this public hearing.
Planning/Zoning agenda for 7 December 2016 meeting(6 Dec'16)
The BZA granted a variance to allow an existing home to be used while a new house is built, and tweaked variances granted
earlier for a lettuce-growing greenhouse on Chittenden Road. The Planning Commission reviewed that greenhouse site plan,
and discussed planning fees and deposits, and various proposed changes
to the zoning code. (8 Dec'16)
Boston Heights Santa Delivery!
Santa Claus will deliver gifts to village children --
Sunday, 11 December 2016 after Noon.
Dropoff deadline is Thursday, 8 December: details here.
Village offering 2004 Ford Excursion for sale
The Village of Boston Heights desires to sell a 2004 Ford Excursion. Sealed bids will be
accepted by Friday, 16 Dec'16 at 10AM. Minimum bid is $10,000. If you want to
inspect the vehicle, contact Mayor Bill Goncy, or Betty Klingenberg for an appointment 330-650-4111 X 3.
Bids to: Boston Heights Vlg Hall, 45 E Boston Mills Rd, Boston Heights OH 44236 (17 Nov'16)
2016 Revised Capital Improvements / Road Paving Plan
Due to changes in paving priorities and newly-received state grants, the Village Engineer
has revised the Village's 10-year capital improvements and paving plan. Back in 2014,
Village Council agreed to borrow a projected $5M for a Village-wide paving and improvements plan
(via notes in anticipation of bonds to be issued by the Village). This included the now-complete
northwest residential and commercial water mains and hookups, the rebuilding of Hines Hill Road
at the new commercial district, and a complete local road paving program.
The Village Engineer's current plan can be found here:
VBH 10-year Capital Improvement Plan
Village to decide levies for roads, schools Update: The Village's Road Levy renewal, Issue 26 on the ballot,
PASSED: 68% to 32%
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center levy, Issue 47: PASSED: 63% to 37%
Woodridge Schools levy, Issue 46: PASSED: 61% to 39%
(all subject to updates from absentee/provisional ballots)
An explanation of the Boston Heights levy renewal on the ballot
Tuesday, 8 Nov'16:
Road Levy, Issue 26: 5-year, 2.75-mill levy renewal.
This levy is a renewal of the current road levy, last renewed in Nov'11 and now
up for a vote again. There is no change in the tax rate for this levy.
Because it would be a renewal of an older levy, if passed the
state of Ohio would continue to pay a portion of the millage through rollback
reduction in the rate paid by the property owners. Under current law, if the
levy is not renewed and is later re-instituted, the entire millage would be paid by property owners.
This road levy is used to maintain the local roads, bridges, culverts and ditches
within the Village. It may also provide some of the Village's matching funds for
larger paving projects that receive state and federal funding, like the current
paving on Akron-Cleveland Road and the upcoming paving of Olde Eight Road.
The members of Council supporting this renewal have offered this
and endorsement of the Road Levy renewal .
Village residents in the Nordonia Hills City School District will also be voting on:
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Issue 47: 1-mill levy renewal, continuing.
Village residents in the Woodridge Local School District will also be voting on:
Woodridge Schools, Issue 46: 10-year 6.67-mill levy renewal.
Seniors' Thankgiving Dinner: Sat, 19 Nov'16 1-4PM
Contact the Boston Heights Village Hall 330-650-4111 ext. 5 for reservations. (3 Nov'16)
Holiday Craft Fair by Fairview Cemetery Association:
Saturday, 19 Nov'16 9AM-2:30PM at the Boston Heights Fire Station
Handmade & Homemade Crafts and Soups! More Info(3 Nov'16)
Special Council Meeting: 27 Sep 2016
Village Council discussed the newly-proposed 10-year contract with Valley Fire District for fire and EMS services to the Village.
The original contract, now ending, was for 3 years. The annual contract rate will increase, with an annual 3% step
after 2 year; Valley Fire will in turn undertake hydrant maintenance, broader fire inspections, and acquire a third
ambulance. Some of the other contract provisions regarding equipment leasing and maintenence will also be modified.
It appears that some of the Village's fire equipment will sold (rather than leased) to Valley Fire, and other unneeded
equipment will be sold off. (28 Sep'16)
Boston Heights Village Fall Festival: Saturday, 1 October 2016
The Village's annual Fall Festival will be held at Matthews-Thomas Park (on Olde Eight Rd),
on Saturday, 1 Oct'15 from 1PM to 4PM.
Planning/Zoning agenda for 7 September 2016 meeting (7 Sep'16)
The BZA granted a variance for a farm sign, and the PC discussed various proposed changes
to the zoning code, including a major change in the way the Hines Hill area can be developed
commercially. (9 Sep'16)
Village Council Finance Committe agenda for the 23 August 2016 meeting(23 Aug'16)
Due to a number of items of particular interest to the citizens, the Village has
posted the agenda for the 23 Aug 2016 Finance Committee meeting in advance. Included are items
on pay for Village employees, water lines, Olde Eight Road paving, among others.
Note that the 7PM meeting is preceded by a Public Hearing at 6:30PM to discuss
a proposed change to the Village's regulation on outside parking of unlicensed vehicles.
Planning/Zoning agenda for 3 August 2016 meeting (31 Jul'16)
The BZA renewed the permit/variance for the temporary soil operations at Hines Hill and Olde Eight.
The PC approved a truck wash facility on Industrial Parkway, a mulch/topsoil distribution
facility on Olde Eight, and a towing operation on Chittenden. (4 Aug'16)
Village Council special work session, 1 August 2016 3:30PM(First Posted: 31 Jul'16)
Council will meet in a special work session to discuss Valley Fire District's proposal for renewal
of the Village's fire and EMS services contract, which expires this Fall. Valley Fire District is requesting
an extension to 5 years and a substantial increase in contract pricing, along with a redistribution
of some equipment maintenance costs back to the Village.
Announcment of Special Council Meeting 26 July 2016
Council will meet to (a) authorize a contract for employee dental insurance, and (b) to
re-start the legal process for a public vote on the renewal of the current Road Levy.
Apparently certifying Resolution 2016-3-16 (of March 2016) called for a 3 year "renewal"
even though the current levy is for 5 years (as were its predecessors). The Village must
meet a 10 August deadline for the November ballot; Resolution 2016-7-31, authorizing placement
on the ballot, may need to be re-adopted as well, since it refers to the certifying resolution.
Village Council agenda for the 21 June 2016 special meeting(First Posted: 19 Jun'16)
Council will meet to authorize contracts for paving of Akron-Cleveland Road (south of Rt. 303),
inspection/administration of that project, and inspection/administration of this summer's
local street paving projects.
Village Council agenda for the 10 May 2016 regular meeting(First Posted: 10 May'16) NOTE: Public Meeting on Natural Gas Aggregation plan at 6PM, preceding Council meeting.
This is an opt-out plan, meaning that residents will be enrolled by default unless they opt out with
a form that will be provided by mail in a few weeks.
We have posted the DRAFT agenda for the May 2016 regular Council meeting.
We will post the final agenda and legislation as soon as possible.
Council adopted the enabling ordinaces that will launch a Natural Gas Aggregation Plan for
Village residents (and small businesses using less than 400mcf/month). Further information
will be mailed to all residents from both the Village and from NOPEC, the plan administrator.
Those without a contracted gas supplier (i.e. on MVR or SCO
pricing from Dominion) will be automatically enrolled unless they "opt out", as will
be explained in the mailing. Those already contracted to a gas supplier will automatically
enrolled when (and if) their contracts expire, and may also opt out at that time. When enrolled,
the customer will receive the NOPEC standard pricing rate, which changes every few months; they
may also contact NOPEC to switch to the variable plan that tracks just under the SCO rate.
Planning/Zoning agenda for 6 April 2016 meeting
The Planning Commission approved a prelimary plan for a truck wash facility on Industrial Parkway,
and reviewed a proposal to park moving trucks at Route 303 and Akron-Cleveland Road.
Village resident objects to water bills without water service
Lifelong Boston Heights resident Mary Griffiths of Olde Eight Road has been receiving,
like some other nearby residents, monthly Cleveland Water bills — while still not
receiving Cleveland Water, or even being connected yet to the mains. She took her complaint
to WEWS TV-5. (Note: The Mayor and Village Engineer have been wrangling with Cleveland Water
over this same issue for months.)
WEWS: Local woman billed for Cleveland water, but is she connected?(17 Mar'16)
Boston Heights voters permit natural gas aggregation Update: The Village's gas aggregation measure, Issue 11 on the primary ballot,
PASSED: 73% to 27%. The Village will
shortly issue further information and
hold two public meetings to explain the program, presumably after Council formally selects
a gas supplier. (15 Mar'15)
At the primary election on Tuesday, 15 March 2016, Boston Heights voters passed
ISSUE 11, a measure that will permit Village Council to select
a natural gas supplier for Village residents. Currently the Village has no
such "gas aggregation" program, although the Mayor has in recent years
arranged for residents to receive the Hudson opt-in program rate.
Issue 11 permits Council to select any gas supplier as it sees fit; however,
all Council discussions to date have revolved around the
gas aggregation offering, as has been selected by many other municipalities in NE Ohio.
As Issue 11 has passed, if Council ultimately selects NOPEC as the Village supplier,
• Residents will receive more info by mail and can participate in two public meetings;
• Residents would be automatically enrolled in the NOPEC gas program
(with some exceptions);
• Residents could upon request "opt out" of that program initially and every 2 years;
• Residents who do opt-out will continue to select their own gas supplier (or DEOG SCO);
• Residents that do not opt-out can still cancel any time without penalty or fee;
• Residents still get natural gas delivered and billed by Dominion East Ohio Gas;
• Residents can still use budget billing from Dominion East Ohio Gas;
• Residents would pay a 2-month fixed rate for gas ($2.74/mcf for April 2016);
• Some residents may qualify for the NOPEC variable rate service, slightly under the DOEG SCO rate. (14 Mar'16)
Valley Fire District (Serving Boston Heights) improves fire ratings
Valley Fire District, which serves Boston Heights under contract as well as Peninsula and Boston Township,
has received much-improved service ratings from the Insurance Service Office (ISO). Fire Chief Charlie
Riedel suggests passing this information on to your home/fire insurance carrier; the improved
ratings may have a positive influence on future rates. (24 Dec'15)
See report: New ISO Classification for Valley Fire District
Public Hearing Zoning Code Amendment
A public hearing will be held at the Boston Heights Village Hall at
6:15PM, Tue 15 Dec 2015 (before the monthly Financial Committee meeting). The hearing
will present a minor amendment to the Zoning Code, correcting an
earlier codification error to CO 1153.08(f). The change correctly
assigned applications for certain types of residential developments
to the Planning Commission rather than the BZA.
See: Notice of Public Hearing
Note: the Public Hearing will be following by swearing-in of newly (re-)elected village officials.
Planning/Zoning agenda for 7 October 2015 meeting (29 Sep'15)
The Planning Commission discussed a landowner's proposal to rezone some of the Chittenden Road
area to Residential and to change the zoning regulations to allow cluster homes with an average
lot size of about 1/2 acre. The issues were deferred until the Village Engineer completes
a usage study of the Hines Hill and Chittenden commercial areas of the Village, expected later this year.
Boston Heights Village Fall Festival: Saturday, 26 September 2015
The Village's annual Fall Festival will be held at Matthews-Thomas Park (on Olde Eight Rd),
on Saturday, 26 Sep'15 from 1PM to 5PM.
E. Hines Hill between Olde 8 & State 8 closed til December 2015
E. Hines Hill Road between Olde 8 Road and State Route 8 has been posted for
closure from 10 August until December 2015. This is to allow a complete rebuild
and widening of that roadway to accomodate Arhaus and the adjacent retail development.
The recommended detour is via
Dean Memorial, E. Boston Mills, and Olde 8 Roads. Closure points and access
will vary during this time; see the attached announcement from the Boston Heights
Village Engineer: PUBLIC NOTICE of Construction Project: Hines Hill Road Reconstruction(10 Aug'15)
Akron Zoo community days: Boston Heights free tickets for 1-6 September 2015
The Akron Zoo will offer free tickets to Boston Heights residents for admission from 1-6 September 2015,
as gesture of thanks for county taxpayers’ support. Tickets required,
limit is four per household. (Parking at $3 is not included with tickets.) A limited number of
tickets will be available starting Tuesday, 18 August either at Boston Heights Village Hall,
or at the Akron Zoo during regular hours. Contact Boston Heights Village Hall to see if it is possible
to reserve your family's tickets early, before 18 August 2015.
Boston Heights & School District Candidates File for November Election(6 Aug'15)
The following people filed for the November general election ballot before the Summit County deadline 5 Aug'15: Boston Hts Village Council, 2 to elect:
Ronald Antal (Meghan's Lane) (incumbent)
Glenn Blakeney (Sholle Dr) (incumbent)
Heather Davis (Pinewood Dr)
Boston Hts Village Mayor:
Bob Bartko (Grandview Dr)
Bill Goncy (Olde Eight Rd) (incumbent)
Hudson City School Board of Education, 2 to elect:
James D. Field (Parkside Dr, Hudson)
Thomas J. Tobin (Aurora St, Hudson)
Nordonia Hills City School Board of Education, 2 to elect:
John Bruce (Chenook Tr, Macedonia)
Chad M. Lahrmer (Hiram College Dr, Northfield)
Liz McKinley (Lanes End, Macedonia)
Woodridge Local SchoolBoard of Education, 2 to elect:
Marilyn Hansen (Main St, Peninsula)
Jeff McHugh (Woodhaven Dr, Cuyahoga Falls)
In addition, Boston Heights voters will decide on ISSUE 54, a renewal of the current 0.75 mill levy for operation
of fire protection services. (Last year's ballot renewed a separate levy for capital and equipment
expenses for fire protection.) This levy is part of the funding for the fire and EMS services
for which the Village contracts with Valley Fire District. The renewal would be for another 3 years,
commencing in tax year 2015 (collected from 2016).
Nordonia City School District voters will consider ISSUE 21, a 1.49 mill, 5 year, permanent improvement levy.
Woodridge Local School District voters will consider ISSUE 19, a 3.71 mill, 35 year, construction bond levy.
Planning/Zoning agenda for 5 August 2015 meeting
The Board of Zoning Appeals allowed a variance for an oversize for-sale/lease sign on the
Marketplace site (former golf course), and tabled further consideration of an extensive
package of signage variances for Bass Pro. The Planning Commission approved
the preliminary site plan for Bass Pro, with a 100,000 sq.ft. building (in its initial
phase) and about 770 parking spaces, but also deferring consideration of signage.
Planning/Zoning agenda for 1 July 2015 meeting
The Planning Commission approved
the conditional use and preliminary site plans for a Dominion East Ohio Gas training center
on 17+ acres east of Route 8 and just north of the Turnpike
(on the so-called Alnola Farms North parcel). The facility will include
a 37,311 sq.ft. building, and various training structures and areas behind that building,
facing the Turnpike. The BZA approved a variance to allow the oversize building in
this district, with the proviso that the lot size remain as is, not to be divided smaller
in the future. The facility will be enclosed by a security fence, for which the BZA
allowed a variance to allow 8 ft. height but requiring landscape buffering for the
Hines Hill Road view. In addition, the PC approved an accessory use to allow a
microwave tower on the site for the gas company's data network, both for the facility
and as a regional relay point; the BZA permitted the tower height of 190 feet, somewhat
less than several of the cell towers nearby. Various conditions and requirements
accompanied these approvals, to be settled with the Village Engineer and Zoning Inspector,
and pending a final site plan approval by the PC.
Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2015.
Village registration required for newspaper, phonebook, literature distribution
At its May 2015 meeting, Boston Heights Village Council adopted a new ordinance requiring
registration with the Village in order to distribute newspapers, phonebooks, and
commercial or non-commercial printed literature of any type. The measure was
originally intended to thwart the roadside litter
(and drain blockages) created by unretrieved phonebooks and weekly newspapers. However,
it appears to apply equally to daily delivery of the Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal,
etc. There is a $35 annual fee required for this registration; interested parties
are advised to contact Betty Klingenberg, Village Fiscal Officer, for further
details, at (330) 650-4111 or
Literature Distribution Ordinance 2015-3-5
Planning/Zoning agenda for 6 May 2015 meeting
The Planning Commission conditionally approved
the final site plans for the Arhaus facility on the western side of the former
Boston Hills Country Club. Approval was deferred for
the Olde Eight perimeter buffer, pending review of more complete grading and landscaping plans.
This reflected concerns about how that buffer's mound was to be sculpted, and its setback from
the roadway. The developer's spokesman and the Village Engineer emphasized that the current
state of that mounding was entirely temporary, and that significant improvements would be made
further along in the construction project.
The PC also conditionally approved plans for a Costco store, a members-only
"warehouse club". This will be situated
around the middle of the former Boston Hills Country Club, just off of E. Hines Hill Road near
Ohio Route 8. The Costco plan includes a 150,000 sq.ft. warehouse store with tire center,
and a free-standing service (gas) station, which is also members-only.
Akron Summit County Public Library Levy (Renewal & Increase) Passes
Issue 8: Akron Summit County Public Library Levy, 1.9 mills 6 years: PASS 70% to 30%
(16177-7070 votes, as of AM 6 May'15)
As is traditional, the Boston Heights vote went the other way: 20 YES and 31 NO.
Source: Summit County Board of Elections tabulation
The only issue on the ballot in Boston Heights was for
the Akron-Summit County Library levy, and
this is only for Village voters in the Nordonia and Woodridge schools districts.
The library levy is a renewal-and-increase to 1.9 mills; more can be read about the issue
Note that Boston Heights
voters in the Hudson school district cannot vote on this issue — nor do Boston Heights
property owners in that district pay any library levy whatsoever, because of a quirk of the
Hudson Library taxation setup. Library users that feel a little guilty about that can, however,
contribute to the Friends of the Hudson Library.
"Army Reserve" land sold by USA to private owner
A once-contentious parcel of land in Boston Heights has finally been sold. The so-called "Army Reserve"
is a 22-acre parcel (# 1300941) along Olde Eight Road, just north of the Turnpike and a bit south of Hines Hill Road.
As of 3 April 2015 it was sold, apparently as a result of an
online auction last Fall, by the USA
to a newly-formed private holding company: "Olde Route 8 Land Holdings LLC" (Ohio # 2363607).
It is notable that this company shares its agent with a number of other companies associated with
Sam Petros of Petros Homes, who is connected with the developments on the former Boston Mills golf course.
That auction closed at $376K but the actual purchase price is unknown.
In 2002, this property was purchased by the Federal government in order to build a new Army Reserve Center.
The project was presented to the Village as essentially a fait accompli, but citizens and the Village
objected on the basis of heavy traffic in essentially a residential area, lack of suitable roadway access,
loss of tax duplicate, and loss of potential tax-paying business development.
After public protests, resolutions from the Village, and (perhaps more significantly) the intercession of
then- Rep. LaTourette, the Army Reserve project was moved to its current location as of 2008: on
Chamberlain Road in Twinsburg. The USA has retained ownership of the land for the past 13 years, until now.
Historical information on the dispute can be found here: Project Moved! Army Reserve Center (was) planned in Boston Heights. (2002-08) MOVED! Army Reserve Center project moved to Twinsburg (2008)
Planning/Zoning agenda for 1 April 2015 meeting
Please note: the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
has nothing on its agenda this month, and will not meet. The Planning Commission is meeting
to continue its discussion of future code updates.
Boston Heights now an official postal city address for 44236, 44264 ZIPs
The Village of Boston Heights was recently notified by the US Postal Service that
"Boston Heights, OH" is now an official city name that can be used for
Village postal addresses in the 44236 and 44264 ZIP codes. This was based on a proposal
to Council last year, and Council's resolution to make that request of the USPS, with
the further efforts of Mayor Goncy. While "Boston Heights, OH" often previously
worked as a postal address unofficially, mail was sometimes returned or delayed. This change
ensures that the Post Office will recognize our town as a legitimate address, and it can
safely be used by businesses and residents alike in the Village. Council also hoped that
this will encourage new (and old!) Village businesses to identify with "Boston Heights".
It may take some time for
this update to percolate out to commercial addressing (shopping, billing).
However, NO address change is required — residents and businesses need not take any action.
• All ZIP codes remain the same within the Village.
• Mail delivery is completely unaffected — same post office, same carrier.
• Only 44236 (Hudson) and 44264 (Peninsula) addresses are included (not 44067).
• It is still OK to use "Hudson 44236" & "Peninsula 44264" if preferred. (16 Mar'15)
USPS Letter to Boston Heights regarding last-line place (city) name, Feb'15
Planning/Zoning agenda for 4 March 2015 meeting
Please note: the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
has nothing on its agenda this month, and will not meet. The Planning Commission is meeting
to continue its discussion of future code updates.
Residents turn out to endorse continuation of the Village's pool
About 50 residents and other users turned out at the Village's public meeting, Tue 27 Jan'15,
to discuss the future and the finances of the Village's swimming pool at Matthews-Thomas Park.
The overwhelming consensus of those attending was that the Village should continue to operate the pool,
with an outside management company if that was preferable. Quite a few pool users conceded that
membership fee increases might be necessary and justified. Upon questioning, all the Council
members gave their views for and against continuing the pool operation. Concerns revolved
around the costs of operation vs. utility to the Village residents, and long-term capital and
Ultimately it appeared
that pool operations would be continued for the time being, and that the Village would attempt
to increase utilization and membership fee income, while also gathering data for long-term operations
and capital expenses.
(28 Jan'15) HHT: "Residents support keeping Boston Heights pool"(1 Feb'15) Previously: Public Meeting on the fate of the pool (Dec'14)
Village Council agenda for the 6 January 2015 regular meeting(First Posted: 30 Dec'14)
We have posted the DRAFT agenda for the January 2015 regular Council meeting (scheduled a week earlier than
usual to allow for organization of Council committees). We will post the text of the legislation asap.
Village sets public meeting on fate of the public pool at Matthews-Thomas Park Notice of Public Hearing, Tue 27 Jan 2015 at 7PM
A public meeting has been set for Tue 27 Jan'15, 7PM at Village Hall, to solicit residents' views on
the future of the Village's wimming pool. At the 16 Dec'14 Finance Committee meeting, a discussion
on the management of the pool at Matthews-Thomas Park detoured into a push for closing the pool permanently,
and demolishing it.
In recent months, the Village administration, in conjunction with Council's Lands & Buildings Committee,
has explored outsourcing the staffing and operation of the pool at Matthews-Thomas Park. At the Tuesday meeting,
Mayor Bill Goncy outlined a proposal from Hastings Water Warks Co., which would provide all staffing and operation
of the pool next summer at an operational cost of about $33K, just above last year's pool budget. (There would
also be an additional one-time equipment cost of about $4K to upgrade the chlorinator system.)
In reply to questions from Council, Fiscal Officer Betty Klingenberg stated that pool memberships had declined last year, perhaps
due to extensive closure early in the season stemming from equipment problems, and that Village residents' memberships
were in the minority. Further, membership fees covered only a portion of the seasonal pool expenses – the
balance being covered by general Village funds, primarily from the hotel bed tax.
Several members of Council proposed that the pool instead be closed permanently, rather than outsourced.
Councilors Ron Antal and Glen Blakeney suggested that as the pool was not paying for itself, and if Village residents
were not much interested in it as a resource, that the Village ought not be funding it – especially in light of
ongoing equipment and maintenance costs. Councilors Janet Miller and Ron Fenn, along with Mayor Goncy, supported
continuing pool operations through 2015 to see if outsourced management and better publicity would improve its bottom line.
To gauge public sentiment on the issue, Council and the Mayor set a public meeting before the January Finance Committee meeting,
7PM on 27 Jan'15. Council members also solicited public input directly to them by
phone or email.
In the meantime, the Mayor will explore the costs of removing the pool and associated facilities.
Village Council agenda for the 9 December 2014 regular meeting(First Posted: 8 Dec'14)
We have posted the agenda for the December 2014 regular Council meeting, along with the text of
some of the legislation and exhibits, as we have received to date. We will post the balance of the legislation
Valley Fire conducts training fire w/ local fire departments
Wondering what happened to the house that was at the north end of the Arhaus property on Olde Eight Road?
In November, it was used in a fire training exercise conducted by Valley Fire District and the fire departments of
several nearby communities, including Macedonia. (4 Dec'14) WSL:
Area departments train together(4 Dec'14)
Valley Fire Dept. training fire in Boston Hts w/ Hudson, Stow, Bath, Richfield, Macedonia, Northfield +Fire Explorers pic.twitter.com/0yfNdMWIwx
Village's Fire "Capital" Levy Renewal Passes
Issue 44: Boston Heights Fire Renewal Levy, 0.5 mills 5 years: PASS 58% to 42%
(299-208 votes, as of AM 5 Nov'14) (5 Nov'14)
Source: Summit County Board of Elections tabulation
Note that this levy is for "Provision & Maintenance of Fire Apparatus" (fire station, vehicles, equipment);
there is a separate Fire Levy of 0.75 mill for part of the operations costs, which will likely be up for renewal in 2015.
Village officials boost renewal of Fire Capital Levy for 4 Nov'14 General Election
An Issue 44 Flyer from Committee to Renew Fire Levy
is circulating within the Village in support
of the renewal of the Fire Capital Levy at the upcoming General Election on
Tuesday, 4 November 2014. The flyer is endorsed by Mayor Goncy and most of the members of Village Council.
Issue 44, the proposed
renewal Fire Levy, is for "providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings and sites".
This levy pays for maintenance and repair of the Village's Fire Station, fire vehicles, and firefighting equipment –
all of which is leased to Valley Fire District for the Village's firefighting and EMS service. This levy, if renewed, would
run for another 5 years at its current 0.5 mill rate: $15.75 per year for every $100,000 of residential valuation.
(Note that this levy's millage rate was reduced when last renewed in 2009.)
Village Council notice/agenda for 28 October 2014 special meeting(First Posted: 27 Oct'14)
Village Council held a Special Meeting at 6:45PM Tuesday 28 Oct'14, at the Village Hall, just
before the regular Finance Committee meeting. Council voted 5-1 to approve and accept an easement on
the greenspace buffering, trailways, and detention pond areas at the developments on the former
Boston Hills Country Club golf course. The easement was a feature of the legal settlement between
the Village and property owners; this "Development Area 3" will then be
restricted to a limited range of use, such as greenspace, footpaths, trailways, stormwater detention.
See the Planning Commission meeting of January 2014 for further information about this site.
Village adopts Comprehensive Plan
After several years of work by volunteers, Village officials, and independent consultants —
and a broad range of public meetings and involvement — Boston Heights has
adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the Village. Village Council adopted
the plan, as recommended by the Planning Commission, at its August 2014 meeting.
The plan is intended to guide future development in the Village, while protecting
residential values, and bolster legal support for the Village's zoning codes. Professional
assistance in creating the Plan was provided by Environmental Design Consultants of Akron,
with the support of a Connected Communities grant from AMATS.
The Plan document can be obtained from Village Hall (at cost), or can be found online at the
Village's official website, and here on Boston Heights Overlook: Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Village of Boston Heights / July 2014
Update: Walters Road re-opened, Fri 3 Oct'14 Walters Road to close for up to a week, from 1 Oct'14
Starting Wed, 1 October 2014, there will be a week-long closure of Walters Road in Boston Heights,
north of Walters Road and just south of Meadowridge, for replacement
of a culvert. Here is the Village announcement, and detour information:
Walters Road will be closed Starting on October 1, 2014 for a maximum of 7
continuous calendar days. The road will re-open to traffic no later than
October 8, 2014. Closure is located between Hines Hill and Meadowridge.
See attached for the Detour Route. The Detour Route will be clearly signed
throughout the closure period.
In advance of the closure, the contractor will be posting advance closure
signs, which will indicate that Walters Road will close starting on October
1 for a period of 7-days. These signs will be placed both north and south
of the culvert, so that residents are duly warned in advance of the pending
This notice is being sent to Hudson and Nordonia Schools, City of Hudson
(for their internal distribution to PD & FD), Boston Heights PD, Valley Fire
District, and Boston Heights Administration.
Political/Election signs in Boston Heights
At a recent Council Finance Committee meeting, it was suggested that the Village's regulations
on political signs had elicited some surprise and confusion among the Village's citizenry.
Refer to our page on Political Sign regulations in
the Village of Boston Heights, including the current Temporary Sign Registration form. There
are no new changes to these regulations.
The Village's Codified Ordinances have for many years required registration of temporary political
signs, as well as barring them from the public right of way. The
most recent change to the regulations was in
September 2012 (Ord. 15-2012) when, after a
duly advertised public meeting (attended by only two citizens),
Planning Commission meetings, and several Council meetings, the permitted lifetime for a
political sign was decoupled from any particular election. The
permitted maximum size of any one sign was also increased, for most zoning districts. Previously,
political signs regulations had been set in January 2005 by the omnibus Chapter 1179 Sign Code revisions
(Ord. 3-2005). Before that, such signs had been regulated by the former Chapter 715 of the Village's Code.
Essentially the same registration and placement requirements have been retained from these
PC/BZA meetings cancelled for October
The regular meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals,
scheduled for 1 Oct'14, have been cancelled. Next meetings are Wed, 5 Nov'14.
Council Road Committee, September 2014 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 15 Sep'14(22 Sep'14)
Among other matters, the Road Committee noted that the Service Building roof has been replaced,
and that Akron-Peninsula road repairs have been completed,
discussed road repair and paving work that is scheduled for this Fall, and equipment maintenance issues.
Village road repairs & paving to begin in Fall 2014
Boston Heights Village is sending a notification to the residents of the Ashbrooke and Brighton neighborhoods
regarding repairs and paving to some of those streets. For details, see:
Boston Heights Construction / Initial Resident Notification / Sep 17, 2014
Stormwater & drainage repairs will be carried out first, then road repairs, then general repaving of certain
streets. Walters Road will be temporarily closed for culvert replacements; details to follow.
Boston Heights Village Fall Festival: Saturday, 27 September 2014
The Village's annual Fall Festival will be held at Matthews-Thomas Park (on Olde Eight Rd),
on Saturday, 27 Sep'14 from 12Noon to 4PM. Click the banner for more info
Valley Fire Association Steak Roast at Boston Heights Fire Station
Valley Fire District's Association will hold a Steak Roast at the Boston Heights Fire Station
Saturday, 27 Sep'14 5:30PM after the Village's Fall Festival. Details and costs will
be posted when available. In the meantime, contact Mayor Bill Goncy for more information:
at Village Hall 330-650-4111. (9 Sep'14)
Progess on the Akron-Cleveland Road bridge replacement
One span of the old Akron-Cleveland Road bridge has been removed, the first phase of fill dirt placed,
and the prefabricated tunnel for the Bike-and-Hike Trail is now in place.
(14 Sep'14)Click to zoom Previously: Construction to begin on Akron-Cleveland Road bridge replacement (July'14)
Village Hall paving / stormwater project "Phase I of water quality improvements" complete
The Village of Boston Heights has completed the grant from the Ohio EPA for the purpose of improving storm water management.
Construction of new pervious pavement in the parking lot at the Village Hall is complete.
Also completed is the construction of new sidewalk and curbing.
The Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) was created in 2008 and authorizes the Ohio EPA
to provide grant funding to applicants such as local governments, park districts, conservation organizations,
and others. The SWIF grant is awarded to projects that improve the quality of water that is generated during a rainfall event.
Residents can also implement storm water improvements at home through the installation of permeable pavement,
rain gardens, rain barrels, and other means. To learn more, visit the Ohio EPA
or Summit Soil and Water Conservation District at www.summitswcd.org.
(10 Sep'14) Previously: Village explains Village Hall paving / stormwater project (Aug'13) Village receives grant to pave Village Hall parking lot (Apr'13)
Village Craft Show by Fairview Cemetery Association:
Saturday, 25 Oct'14 9AM-4PM at the Boston Heights Fire Station
Homemade crafts only! Registration details here.(13 Aug'14)
Additionally, we understand the Village's Fall Festival is set for Saturday, 27 Sep'14. Details when available.
Village launches its own website, new official email addresses
Did you know? The Village of Boston Heights now has its own official website:
Village officials have also received new Village email addresses; see our
Village contact page and
Boston Heights Officials List - 2014
. Please note that the Village's website and email addresses uses different domain names!
As always, Boston Heights Overlook and the bostonheights.org website continue to be independent of the
Village of Boston Heights, and are privately operated and edited. We anticipate no immediate changes in our coverage
of Village news and affairs.
Also of note: Mayor Goncy has arranged for new notice boards to be set up at the Village Hall (southwest corner)
and at the entrance to Matthews-Thomas Park. They are expected to have information about Village events, Council meetings,
These are not the posting places mandated by Ohio law and Village ordinances for
required and timely posting of Council legislation. Those places are (per VBH CO 123.01, Ord 18-2011):
Tequila Panchos (now Sidelines Bar & Grill), Clarion Inn, Baymont Inn, BP on Rt. 303, and Village Hall (inside).
Village Council agenda for the 12 August 2014 regular meeting(First Posted: 11 August'14)
We have posted the agenda for the August 2014 regular Council meeting, along with the text of the legislation
(as it will be considered by Council), as received from the Village offices.
We will post the final legislation and our own comments on the meeting as available.
ABJ: Tax issues to appear on November ballots in Summit County (7 Aug'14)
At its May 2014 meeting, Village Council authorized a ballot issue this November for the renewal
of the existing 5-year 0.5 mill fire levy for "fire apparatus, appliances, buildings and sites". This
property tax levy is often called the "capital fire levy" to distinguish it from the separate
"operating fire levy" of 0.75 mills, which runs for 3 years and is up for renewal next year.
Investigators seek assistance in solving arsons in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The State Fire Marshal is seeking information about suspected arsons in the
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including trail, barn and house fires. A reward is offered.
For further information, and to find out how to send in a tip, read this
Construction to begin on Akron-Cleveland Road bridge replacement
The long-planned replacement of the Akron-Cleveland Road bridge over the Bike & Hike Trail in
Boston Heights is about to start full-scale construction. The existing bridge, dating from 1954 and which has
been deteriorating for many years, will be removed and replaced with an earthen embankment.
will be maintained during construction.
The Bike & Hike trail will continue through a tunnel under the roadway just south of Route 303;
the trail has been temporarily re-routed up and over Akron-Cleveland Road during construction.
Most of the cost of the project
will be paid by various Federal funds, along with substantial contributions by Summit MetroParks
and the Village of Boston Heights. (17 Jul'14)
Akron Zoo community days: Boston Heights free tickets for 24-28 August 2014
The Akron Zoo has free admission for Boston Heights residents from 24-28 Aug'14,
as gesture of thanks for county taxpayers’ support. Tickets required,
limit is four per household. (Parking at $3 is not included with tickets.) Get your tickets
as soon as possible, either at Boston Heights Village Hall, or at the Akron Zoo during regular hours.
Village Council agenda for the 8 July 2014 regular meeting(First Posted: 7 July'14; updated 8 July'14)
We have posted the agenda for the July 2014 regular Council meeting, along with the text of the legislation
(as it will be considered by Council), which we received from the Village in response to our public records request
of 7 July 2014. We will post the final legislation and our own comments on the meeting as available.
Council Road Committee, June 2014 - Sewer Rates Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 16 June'14(19 Jun'14)
Among other matters, the Road Committee discussed sewer rates in the Village. Some residents have
expressed interest in having metered sewer rates (tied to water usage) rather than the current
flat rate charges. Any change requires the Village to convert all sewer users in the Village over to
metered rates (except for well-water users). Rates are noted in the minutes, above. It was noted
at a recent Council meeting that, at least in other Summit County locales, metered rates have
proven cheaper for some residents, and more expensive for others. It is not clear how commercial
sewer users would be affected. Council is expected to discuss the matter further. In addition,
the Committee found that there are sewer service discounts available for senior/disabled homeowners
with limited income; information on that program is attached as well.
Black Bear spotted off Boston Mills Road
We've received a report from a Boston Heights resident that a black
bear was spotted south of East Boston Mills Road, near the Boston Heights
border with Hudson, on Thursday evening, 22 May 2014. The resident
estimated the bear at 250-300 pounds, and noted that it was moving
southeast into Hudson. The Boston Heights Police were notified.
HHT: Hudson School District breaks ground on Malson Athletic Center $2 million project to be adjacent to Hudon Memorial Stadium
Boston Heights' Mayor Bill Goncy (right) wielded a shovel along with officials from Hudson,
Hudson Schools, and the Malson family at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Malson
Athletic Center. Boston Heights has pledged $500K to the Hudson Schools, targeted
to this project. This is part of the property tax compensation agreement with the
school district made in connection with the planned Arhaus headquarters project in
Boston Heights, which includes property tax abatements. Council member Glen
Blakeney also attended the ceremony.
Village Council agenda for the 13 May 2014 regular meeting(First Posted: 12 May'14; updated: 16 May'14)
We have posted the final agenda for the May 2014 regular Council meeting, and what
legislation we have been able to obtain to date. We will post the balance, and
and modified, legislation and associated contract exhibits
as soon as possible.
Of particular interest this month is:
• Council authorized the issuance of $1.285M in notes and bonds for the various
capital improvement projects planned for the next few years, including the water mains
extension, rebuilding of local streets, and widening and improvement of E. Hines Hill
Road in connection with development of the former Boston Hills golf course. Further
bond funding will be authorized later; this is just the first phase.
• Two new office assistants were hired at Village Hall, as was a Park Manager
and summer pool personnel.
• Council placed on the November ballot the renewal of the current 0.5 mill 5 year
fire levy for capital equipment, building and maintenance.
• Council authorized acceptance of a $350K state grant toward improvement of
E. Hines Hill Road in connection with the Arhaus project.
• Council authorized a settlement agreement with the estate of Dennis Cerny
that is intended to bring to a close the legal proceeding that have continued since
1997. The settlement is for a fraction of what is owed to the Village, but is
reported to be the best deal that can be expected under present circumsances. (16 May'14)
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park breaking ground in Boston Heights Sky Zone event announcement
at 4:30PM Thu, 15 May 2014, at 6217 Chittenden Rd (just north of the ODOT facility)
At the recent Financial Committee meeting, Mayor Goncy announced that
the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in
Boston Heights is moving ahead, and groundbreaking would occur on 15 May 2014. The 20,000+ sq.foot
park, to be built on Chittenden Road,
was approved by the Planning Commission in October 2013. (23 Apr'14)
Village Council notice/agenda for 22 April 2014 special meeting(First Posted: 15 Apr'14; updated 23 Apr'14)
Village Council held a Special Meeting at 6:30PM Tuesday 22 Apr'14, at the Village Hall, just
before the regular Finance Committee meeting. Council heard additional details from Mr. Brian
Cooper, of ACI Financial Advisors, on the proposed issuance of notes (loans) in anticipation of the
Village issuing bonds in the amount of $1.245M. This would be about 1/4 of the total $5M
in bonds eventually required for the entire multi-year capital improvements plan, which
comprises road repairs and repaving, an extensive upgrade of E. Hines Hill Road near the planned
Arhaus and retail/commercial district, and the water mains project for Arhaus and the northwest
neighborhoods. (23 Apr'14)
The Village Engineer's current plan can be found here:
VBH 10-year Capital Improvement Plan
Engineer rates Village streets, plans 2014 repairs
At the April 2014 Council Meeting, Village Engineer Dave Krock reported that his firm
had surveyed the Village's streets and updated the
street conditional map
Krock-Esser is now pulling together the 2014 plan for road maintenance and repair based on these ratings,
and other known problems. The Engineer will be applying for state grants to facilitate some of the
drainage repair work in Wooded View and Ashbrooke, and on Walters Road.
Village Council agenda for the 8 April 2014 regular meeting(First Posted: 4 Apr'14; updated 15 Apr'14)
We have posted the final agenda and some of the legislation from the April 2014 regular Council meeting,
received 15 Apr'14 in response to our public records request of 4 April 2014. We have not received some
exhibits (contracts, etc.) from that request.
Village Council notice of 25 March 2014 special meeting(First Posted: 18 Mar'14; updated: 27 Mar'14)
Village Council held Special Meeting at 6:30PM Tuesday 25 Mar'14, at the Village Hall, and approved
a contract for a service to allow online payment of traffic tickets, in connection
with the Boston Heights Mayor's Court. The online payment site will be hosted by the contractor, not
directly by the Village. The Village will pay $80/month for the service, with additional 'service fees' charged
directly to the payers. (26 Mar'14)
Of particular interest this month is:
• Council adopted the ordinance that authorizes the program that will bring water mains
to the neighborhoods in the northwest corner of the Village, including hookups to homes along the new
water mains. The ordinance passed 4-2, with Councilors Bartko and Antal voting "no" and
Fenn, Blakeney, Miller and Polyak "yes". It was explained in earlier meetings that the
intention is to borrow the funds for this project against future taxes expected from the Arhaus
• A pair of resolutions "unwound" (rescinded) Council's previous approval of the
termination of the previous Road Superintendent, and authorized a settlement with him that
presumably includes the special early retirement program created in December. We have been unable
to obtain a copy of this agreement, to date.
• Council authorized an agreement with the State of Ohio that will permit the Akron-Cleveland Road
bridge rebuilding project to move ahead this summer. The Village will contribute 20% of the costs,
of which Summit Metro Parks is paying a substantial portion to assure its Bike & Hike Trail access
via a tunnel. (11 Mar'14)
Village Council notice of 5 March 2014 special meeting(First Posted: 4 Mar'14)
Village Council held another Special Meeting at 6:30PM Wednesday 5 Mar'14, at the Village Hall, to
further consider a program to construct water lines and service hookups. This
is the same issue as considered at Monday's Special Meeting; Council decided to go through the standard
three readings of the ordinance rather than moving ahead to an immediate vote.
The issue received a
second reading, followed by a brief discussion. There was no debate on
building the water mains; however, Councilor Ron Antal expressed concern about the propriety and
precedent of paying for the provisions on and to private property. A discussion followed as to
the costs and public purpose of this part of the program. Mr. Antal also asked
why Brandywine Road was not included in the program; Engineer Dave Krock explained that it was
due to the very high additional cost coupled with low housing density, along with the low level of interest
expressed there in earlier Village surveys on water service. Mayor Goncy added that the more significant
problems with water well service and potential contamination were clustered in the northern neighborhoods.
Further debate and public comment is expected
at next week's Regular Meeting of Council, as well as a Council vote on the program.
The notice (linked above)
includes the planning document that explains for the proposed program to bring water service to homes on
Wolcott, Sholle, Grandview, Beverly, Richard and part of Olde Eight Roads. (4 Mar'14)
Village Council notice of 3 March 2014 special meeting(First Posted: 26 Feb'14; updated: 3 Mar'14)
Village Council will hold a Special Meeting at 6PM Monday 3 Mar'14, at the Village Hall, to consider a program
to bring water lines to parts of the northwest quadrant of the Village, and to begin the process
of contracting the engineering for that and other capital projects.
Update: We have updated the notice (linked above) with the meeting agenda, legislation, and the planning
document for the proposed program to bring water service to Wolcott, Sholle, Grandview, Beverly, Richard and part
of Olde Eight Roads. (3 Mar'14) Update: Council adopted the resolution to seek engineering qualifications, but decided not to
act on the waterline program just yet, allowing it to receive three readings before Council. It is
currently expected that a second reading will occur at a brief meeting on 5 Mar'14, and the third reading,
and vote, at the regular meeting of Council on 11 Mar'14.
As there was no public forum segment scheduled for this special meeting, Village officials held an informal
Q&A and commentary session afterwards. Aside from questions and explanations on the proposed program itself,
residents variously expressed concerns about the program being delayed by these legislative procedures, and
in objection to the entire policy of Village-provided waterline hookups from streets to homes.
Of particular interest this month is:
• Newly-seated Council member Bob Bartko made a lengthy statement concerning
Village operations, a summary of which can be found in the meeting summary above, and the audio found here
R.Bartko Council Statement, Feb'14.
• The Village rescinded its attempt to make texting-while-driving a primary / stoppable offense;
updated its traffic fines and fees; amended its engineering contract to reduce Zoning Inspector activity (and costs) in the
• Council and Village officials addressed further questions about the Arhaus project, including
an inquiry about the greenspace buffer areas.
Krock-Esser Engineering, which acts as the Village's Engineer and Zoning Inspector, also distributed a provisional
schedule for capital improvements associated with what Dave Krock called the Hines Hill Corridor – essentially
the area and projects associated with the Arhaus development. The outline included a map of planned water line
extensions in the northwest quadrant of Boston Heights.
Capital Projects Hines Hill Corridor Boston Heights Ohio, Feb 2014(14 Feb'14)
Boston Heights lands $1.5M to repave Olde Eight Road
In the latest round of funding decisions by AMATS, that agency on 31 Jan'14 allocated $1.5M to
the Village of Boston Heights proposal to repave portions of Olde Eight Road. Phase 1 and Phase 2
of the project were funded at $696K and $768K, respectively, of Federal highway funds.
According to the enabling legislation passd by Council in November 2013, $457.5K in local funds will be
required for the entire project.
According to Res. 2013-11-60, Phase 1 is the northerly section from Boston Mills Road north to the
Northfield Center Twp line;
Res. 2013-11-61 shows Phase 2 as southerly section from the Boston Mills Road to State Route 303. Both
phases consist of removal of 3 inches of asphalt, about 20% repair, 3 inches of new asphalt, and
associated signage and striping.
Presumably this work would be done after any excavation needed for extension of water mains
down Olde Eight Road, as is envisioned in conjunction with the planned Arhaus project.
An additional $248K was also allocated for the Village's Phase 3, which is repaving of Akron-Cleveland Road south of Route 303.
The reconstruction of that road's bridge over the Bike-and-Hike Trail (Ohio Edison rail right-of-way)
is slated to begin this summer; that project will also be largely paid with Federal funds.
(5 Feb'14, corrected)
More details can be found in the AMATS report and links. HHT: AMATS kicks off 2014 by approving $29 million in road projectss(31 Jan'14)
Village Council approves tax abatement for Arhaus project HHT: Boston Heights approves compensation agreement with Arhaus Furniture(2 Feb'14) See February 2014 Hudson Life Magazine for an update on: HLM: Hudson schools would benefit from new Arhaus headquarters(1 Jan'14) Our report (29 Jan'14):
Boston Heights Village Council considered the CRA property tax incentive for Arhaus Furnitue
(Homeworks) at a Special Council Meeting on 28 Jan'14.
After extensive public comment, and a great deal of explanation, Council voted to approve the
CRA agreement, Hudson Schools compensation agreement, and development agreement with the property owners,
by a vote of 5-1.
A major topic of discussion was a plan to bring "city water" to homes along northern
Olde Eight Road (at the developer's expense) and to homes on five residential streets in the
northwest quadrant of the Village (at the Village's expense, using revenue anticipated from
the Arhaus payroll).
Councilor Bob Bartko, who voted against the agreements, had earlier circulated a letter
to some Village residents decrying the revisions to the legal settlement governing this site at the former
Boston Hills Country Club — specifically, the loss of dedicated green space.
In response to a resident's
question, Village Engineer Dave Krock noted that the revised agreement requires
more extensive and specific requirements for barrier landscaping along Olde Eight Road.
A map analysis here at Boston Heights Overlook shows that about 19.4 acres of greenspace
(deedable to the Village) was lost in the revised settlement, leaving about 38.3 acres
along Olde Eight Road and along the northern border of the property.
At the same time, an additional
2.0 acres of greenspace was offered for a Hines Hill Road bike trail easement, and 10.0 acres for
greenspace incorporating a stormwater detention zone easement along Route 8. The settlement agreement
does not oblige the Village to accept either deed or easement for any of those areas.
For comparison, the
proposed Arhaus building's initial footprint is about 16.4 acres.
The Hudson School Board has already approved a plan for compensation by the
Village for a portion of its forgone property tax revenues. (29 Jan'14)
New Metro bus routes change Boston Heights access
New Metro bus routes took effect on Tuesday, 21 January 2014, which change public transport bus access in Boston Heights.
Formerly the #102 bus stopped at the Clarion Inn on each north/south pass between Northfield/Twinsburg and downtown Akron.
Now the #102 bus runs to the Northfield Park casino without stopping in Boston Heights. The #103 bus now runs between
downtown Akron and the Boston Heights Clarion Inn -- but that's the end of the line, with no stops further north.
The new #104 bus now runs through Hudson to the Twinsburg industrial parks. The express X60 between Akron and Cleveland
still stops at the ODOT Park-and-Ride lot on Chittenden Road, just north of Route 303.
New routes can be found on the Metro Regional Transit Authority website.
Boston Heights Council adopts Brandywine Watershed plan
At its December 2013 meeting, Boston Heights Village Council endorsed a new multi-community
Brandywine Creek watershed plan
(see Res. 2013-12-67
The Plan is a detailed survey of the Brandywine Creek watershed, along with conservation and development
recommendations for a number of land tracts within the various communities drained by that creek and its tributaries.
Link: Brandywine Creek Balanced Growth Initiative Watershed Plan (2013)
Village Public Forum on development of former BHCC golf course
The Village of Boston Heights held a "Public Forum" for 7PM Tuesday, 17 Dec'13 at the
Village Fire Station to discuss the proposed development of the former BHCC golf course.
Click here: Public Forum Announcement Update: At the public forum meeting on 17 Dec'13, representatives of Boston Hills Property and Premier
Development gave an overview of the proposed Arhaus Furniture development on the former Boston Hills Country Club golf course.
A 760,000+ sq.ft. distribution center and headquarters building is proposed on the western side of the property, off of the
intersection of Hines Hill and Olde Eight Road. The eastern side of the property, along State Route 8, is still slated for
future retail development, perhaps as soon as 2014.
All truck traffic will be directed east toward the highways, and the
developers will improve E. Hines Hill Road up to the truck entrance. There will be an unspecified number of
semi trailer docks on both the west and east sides the Arhaus building, likely in excess of 100. Offices will be toward
the north of the building, where a wooded buffer area will be maintained toward adjacent residences.
A substantial built-up buffer area will be created along the length of the Olde Eight Road
boundary, with the intention of eliminating lines of sight to the truck docks. Water lines would be extended from
the north along Olde Eight Road, with the developer providing tap-ins for residents along that stretch of road. Sewer
service would be brought in from Hines Hill Road.
About 230-250 employees would be moved into the facility, with the intention of adding more positions over the next few years.
Marshal Pitchford, the Village's Solicitor, explained some of the provisions of the proposed CRA tax abatement associated
with incoming employee count, guaranteed payroll, and planned growth. The facility would receive an 85% property tax abatement for 15 years
(improvements only, not the underlying land). Hudson Schools would receive a one-time payment of $500,000 and then
an increasing fraction of the Village's employment income tax revenue from the facility during the 6-15th years of the abatement.
The Village's compensation agreement with the Hudson City School District can be read here:
Hudson/VBH Compensation Agreement 17 Dec'13
Because the "zoning" of the property is governed by a 2008 legal settlement, many of the provisions of this
development are not subject to the Village's usual Zoning Code. Mr. Pitchford stated that the negotiated changes have
already been worked into an administrative amendment of that settlement, as was permitted by the original agreement.
That revised settlement, or "Agreed Judgement Entry" can be read on the Summit County Clerk of Courts website (case CV-2007-07-4696);
a replica of that document can be read here:
Agreed Judgement Entry 12-17-2013
the development is contingent on Village Council authorizing the CRA tax abatement, which will be considered in January.
Update: The Hudson Schools Board of Education approved, on 16 Dec'13, a compensation agreement with
the Village of Boston Heights concerning a proposed tax abatement for Homeworks dba Arhaus for development at
Hines Hill Road in the Village. This appears to involve a $500,000 one-time payment from the Village to the
Hudson Schools, plus annual compensation payments.
A summary of the agreement can be found in the
Hudson BOE 16 Dec'13 Agenda
Note that all of the Village comprises a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) that permits the Village to offer
property tax abatements for up to 15 years. The East Hines Hill Road area (including the former Boston Hills
Country Club) is in the Hudson City School District. This kind of agreement is commonly used to compensate
the affected school district for loss of property tax collections due to a tax abatement granted by the municipality.
Under state law, in the absence of an agreement the school district would be entitled to 50% of the new local employee income tax
collections during the abatement period (for payrolls over $1M).
At the December Council meeting, Mayor Goncy announced that the Village was working with Arhaus Furniture to
bring its new headquarters and distribution center to the Village. Informal discussion suggests that the
complex is projected for the middle of the former Boston Hills Country Club golf course on Hines Hill Road, with
green space remaining to the west and north, and future retail still slated for the eastern part of the property.
Proposed site details are expected to be offered at the Public Forum meeting.
That property's development is currently governed by a 2008 lawsuit settlement agreement, largely
outside the Village's Zoning Code.
Arhaus Furniture proposes $43M distribution center & HQ in Village
Arhaus Furniture, currently headquarted in Walton Hills, Ohio, is proposing to build a new headquarters
and distribution center in Boston Heights. The site is the central part of the old Boston Heights Country
Club golf course on E. Hines Hill Road near Route 8. The development is said to be on the order of 770,000
square feet with eventual expansion to one million square feet. (17 Dec'13)
Arhaus Press Release: Arhaus relocating corporate headquarters & distribution center to the Village of Boston Heights
The company appears to have negotiated a tax incentive agreement with the Village, with the concurrence
of the Hudson City School District. Presumably this involves a modification of the 2008 agreement that settled
the property owner's zoning lawsuit with the Village.
The Village held a "public forum" meeting to discuss the proposal, as noted below,
at 7PM Tue 17 Dec'13 at the Fire Station.
Former Boston Hills Country Club replatted, with new owners
As of 31 October 2013, the eastern side of the former Boston Hills Country Club (golf course)
has been replatted into several large parcels at the corner of Route 8 and E. Hines Hill Road.
At the same time those parcels were
deeded to new corporate entities (all of which still share a mailing address with Petros Homes).
At the same time, the smaller parcels in the northwestern wooded area of the property have
been consolidated into the remaining large western parcel that is still owned by
Boston Hills Property Investment LLC.
(9 Dec'13) Click on the small map for more detail:
Previously, on the BHCC zoning & lawsuit settlement agreement... (May'08)
Village Council agenda for the 11 December 2013 regular meeting(First Posted: 7 Dec'13, revised: 12 Feb'14)
We have now received and posted nearly all of the December legislation. Our public records request was made 11 Dec'13 and
the requested documents were remitted by the Village on 29 Jan'14. The updated agenda, linked above, also includes
our own notes and commentary. (12 Feb'14)
Of particular interest this month is: a change to Tuesday Council meetings; a change to the way Village Hall employees
are appointed; changes and clarifications of employment practices.
Village Council notice of 26 November 2013 special meeting(First Posted: 23 Nov'13, revised: 9 Dec'13)
Village Council held a Special Meeting at 6:30PM just before Tuesday's Financial Committee
meeting to make contractual appointments of the Village Solicitor (Mr. Marshal Pitchford again, 2 years), and of
the Village Engineer and Zoning Inspector (Krock-Esser Engineering again, 2 years). In addition, a revision of
the previously-approved Richfield police dispatch contract was also reviewed and approved.
Note: We received the Engineer's contract on 7 Dec'13 in response to our records request of 23 Nov'13 and have
made an update to include this document. (9 Dec'13) Note: We received the Richfield dispatch contract on 11 Dec'13 in response to our records request of 23 Nov'13 and have
made an update to include this document. Compare at $60,000 for police dispatch in 2014 to the $73,868 for combined
police & fire/EMS dispatch under the previous
Macedonia dispatch contract.
Fire/EMS dispatch is now handled by Richfield for Valley Fire District, inclusive in Valley's contract with the Village.
Council Road Committee, November 2013 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 18 Nov'13
Hines Hill Road reconstruction paving should finish up this week, with final grading and seeding
deferred until Spring'14. An ODOT paving project on Route 303 may cause some traffic disruptions;
the Village Engineer is discussing this with them. The new Village Road Superintendent, Charles Pickering,
reported on the current status of the Road Department and service garage; the Road Committee discussed
proposed improvements in facilities, equipment maintenance, and organization of the department.
Village Council agenda for the 13 November 2013 regular meeting(First Posted: 8 Nov'13)
We have now received and posted all of the November legislation. Our public records request was made 11 Nov'13 and
the requested documents were remitted by the Village on 29 Jan'14. The updated agenda, linked above, also includes
our own notes and commentary.(12 Feb'14)
Boston Heights Election Results(6 Nov'13) Council: Two new members elected, two re-elected:
Council Road Committee, October 2013 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 21 Oct'13
Hines Hill Road reconstruction continues without too many detour problems;
Akron-Peninsula Road paving project to be completed in Spring 2014;
waterline survey in northwest neighborhoods did not endorse project;
branch pickup (Mondays), leaf pickup (Tuesdays) continues along with minor road repairs.
The meeting included a tour of the Village Hall parking/stormwater project, which is 100% paid
for with a state grant.
As noted above, the Engineer's August survey of residents in the northwest quadrant of the Village
did not indicate any overwhelming support for installation of public water lines -- at least, not
if there were charges to the affected residents: Waterline Survey / Questionaire Results,
Village Engineer Aug'13(22 Oct'13) Previously: Village seeks resident views on water service... (Aug'13)
for the October 2013 Council meeting (as distributed at the meeting, which differed significantly from the agenda sent out earlier)
is now available, along with the legislation text and exhibits, and with our own commentary.
(First Posted: 16 Oct'13, revised: 26 Nov'13)
The October Council meeting agenda included an "Administrative Hearing", which turned out to be an appeal
to Council of the Mayor's termination of an employee, as allowed by Village Codified Ordinance 147.17.
After a brief recess, Council reconvened and Mayor Bill Goncy handed the gavel over to Council President Pro Tempore
Don Polyak. Mr. Polyak stated that the hearing was to consider an appeal of the August 29, 2013 termination of
employment of James Robinson -- presumably as Road Superintendent, though this was not stated explicitly. Mr.
Robinson had also been the Village’s Fire Chief. Council then voted to enter executive session "to discuss
employment matters". In response to our query, Mr. Polyak later reported that Council returned to public
session and voted 6-0 to uphold Mayor Goncy’s termination of Mr. Robinson’s employment with the Village.
Sample ballots now available for Boston Heights voters, 5 Nov'13 General Election
The Summit County Board of Elections has posted the sample ballots for the upcoming General Election on
Tuesday, 5 November 2013. Voters in each of the Village's three school districts will see slightly
different ballots. All ballots will include the same roster of five Council candidates for four seats
(see our earlier article),
and the proposed additional Road Levy (see our earlier article).
That levy, if passed, would be in addition to the current Road Levy. There are also municipal court candidates
and County levy renewal issues on this November's ballot.
Walters Road to close for repairs Sat, 12 Oct'13
"On October 12, 2013 the City of Hudson will be closing Walters Road to repair a storm water drainage pipe.
The closure will be [between] Hines Hill Road [and] Meadowridge Way.
Emergency and safety forces will need to use Hines Hill to Walters Road to access 6902 Walters Road, Boston Hts
and 6881 Walters Road, Hudson. All other residences can be accessed from the north off Twinsburg Road, see map.
The Road closure will be from 8am until 3pm weather permitting." -- City of Hudson
Carol Zeman, former long-time Clerk-Treasurer, dies
Carol Zeman, the Village's Clerk-Treasurer for many years, has passed away on Monday, 23 September 2013.
Mrs. Zeman retired from the Village last year
after 23 years of service. Before becoming
Clerk-Treasurer, she was also employed in the Village Hall offices.
All arrangements are private to the family.
Valley Fire District Meet-and-Greet at Boston Hts Fire Station, Sun 29 Sep'13
... meet-and-greet event to take place Sept. 29 at 1PM to celebrate
the joining of the Boston Heights Fire Department and Valley Fire District.
A parade from the Valley Fire District station to the Boston Heights
fire station will take place, and food and beverages will be provided.
The public also will have an opportunity to meet all the emergency responders.
Boston Heights officials signed a three-year agreement Aug. 22 with the
fire district to provide fire and emergency medical services 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. It will go into effect Oct. 1.
Boston Heights Fall Festival and Flea Market/Craft Show is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the The Friends of Matthews Thomas Park. The event is sponsored by the park and Fairview Cemetery Association.
The festival is from 1PM to 7PM and will feature entertainment for all ages, delicious fall-inspired sweets, hayrides, a log sawing competition, live music, a bonfire and a raffle.
The flea market and craft show is from 9AM to 1PM and will take place rain or shine. There are 20'x 22' spaces available. Bring your own table and canopy.
A car show will take place from 2PM to 6PM
For more information call Kim at 234-380-5561 or Sara at 330-840-4074.
Special Council Meeting CANCELLED
The Special Council Meeting previously posted for called for 17 Sep'13 has been cancelled.
The meeting had been called to hear the appeal of an employee termination.
Service Department position advertised
The Village has posted a revised advertisement for help in the Road/Service Department:
The Village of Boston Heights is looking for a full-time Service Department employee
with the following skills: supervisory experience, road and building
maintenance, snow plowing, mowing.
A CDL is required. Position includes benefits. Applications available
at the Village Hall, 45 East Boston Mills Road, Hudson, OH 44236.
Return completed application to the Village Hall or email
mayorgoncy @ windstream.net
by September 27, 2013, at 4:00 PM.
(13 Sep'13) Previously:
On 11 Sep'13, local newspapers posted a notice by the Village of Boston Heights
soliciting applications for the position of Road Superintendent. The advertisement
has since been re-posted as above.
Hines Hill Road rebuild begins Monday, west of Wooded View
Village Engineer Dave Krock reports:
Starting Monday, September 9, 2013, Section #1 of Hines Hill Road will be under construction and closed to thru traffic.
• Detours will be posted (see map)
• Local Traffic will be maintained (local property owners)
• Access for Police, Fire, Mail Delivery, [School Buses &] Garbage Pickup will be maintained
• Access to the Hike / Bike trail will be maintained (Access across Hines Hill to be maintained for trail users as well)
• Expected duration of closure is approximately 30 days
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 4 Sep'13 meeting Update:
The Planning Commission approved a piano retail store on E. Hines Hill Road (at the old Liberty Harley-Davidson building)
and informally discussed a proposed use for a commmercial building at Akron-Cleveland Road and Route 303.
The PC also discussed the disposition of the old driving range
building on Hines Hill Road, and proposed code updates.
Council approves Fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District Update:
With the introduction of a new resolution at a Special Meeting, Boston Heights Village Council
voted in favor of contracting with Valley Fire District in Peninsula
to take over fire and EMS services for the Village.
There were 5 votes for the contract (R. Fenn, D. Blakeney, G. Blakeney, R. Antal and D. Polyak), and 1 against (F. Baxter).
The resolution was adopted as an emergency measure, which generally precludes a public referendum for repeal.
Council members' statements on this change have generally accorded with
Mayor Goncy's report (7/16/2013)
as presented in last month's town hall meeting.
(Mr. Baxter has stated that he preferred to take the matter to a public ballot.)
There were some animated objections made by members of the current fire department and others attending the meeting.
In addition to unhappiness with the outcome, some felt there should have been another round of public commentary
scheduled, in addition to that at the last two public meetings.
Barring further developments, this handover of services will occur on October 1, at which time the Village's
local fire department will be disbanded. The service contract requires Valley Fire to offer a position to current
legally-qualified members of the village's fire department. Ancillary contracts lease the Village's fire station
and equipment to Valley Fire District, which will also dispatch an ambulance from the Village's fire station.
A misleading story in the West Side Leader, reporting on the 14 August meeting of the Boston Township trustees,
seemed to suggest that the contract was already signed. This appeared to be based on last week's Valley Fire District
approval of the contract, and an assumption that
it would also be approved the same night by Boston Heights Village Council. However, this did not occur and was
apparently not corrected by press time. WSL: "... Boston trustees"(22 Aug'13)
On a less contentious note, Council also voted to accept a settlement with the contractor at the former Krejci Dump
cleanup site. This will provide substantial funding for the expected rebuilding of West Hines Hill Road. (22 Aug'13)
Further info on proposed fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District Update:
Boston Heights Village Council voted not to authorize the proposed contract
that would have had Valley Fire District take over fire and EMS services for the Village.
There were 3 votes for the contract (Fenn, D. Blakeney, G. Blakeney), 1 against (Baxter),
1 abstention (Polyak), and 1 absentee (Antal). A majority was required to proceed with the proposal.
We are informed that the Board of the Valley Fire District accepted these contracts at their regular meeting on 8 Aug'13.
The Boston Heights Fire Department Association, which is a private association of Boston Heights
firefighters, mailed a letter to Village residents on 6 Aug'13 objecting to this proposal, and disputing
some of the claims made in support of the plan, including current vs. projected response times.
Previously: Public Town Hall Meeting on Fire/EMS Services: Village Hall (Jul'13)
Boston Heights & School District Candidates File for November(8 Aug'13)
The following people filed for the November general election ballot before the Summit County deadline 7 Aug'13 at 4PM: Boston Hts Village Council, 4 to elect:
Bob Bartko (Grandview Dr)
Dawn Brannan-Blakeney (Sholle Dr) (incumbent)
Ronald Fenn (Olde Eight) (incumbent, appointed for Ray McFall's post)
Janet L. Miller (Ianwood Cir)
Don Polyak (W. Hines Hill) (incumbent)
(Note: Frank Baxter did not file for re-election to Council) Hudson City School Board of Education, 3 to elect:
Sarah G. Norman
Nordonia Hills City School Board of Education, 3 to elect:
David Lewis Milstein
Robert L. Roth
Woodridge Local SchoolBoard of Education, 3 to elect:
Ashbrooke West chip-and-seal repairs delayed: Monday 12 August
Village Engineer Dave Krock reports: another update to the contractor’s schedule for chip seal.
Chip Seal will be completed on Monday, August 12 (rescheduled again due to weather) for the following locations:
1. Wellington Court cul-de-sac
2. Norbury intersection at Walters
The contractor KEE will distribute door hangers at the two locations (only the homes immediately affected by the work).
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 7 Aug'13 meeting Update:
The Planning Commission approved a used car sales operation on Chittenden Road, subject to the
approval of the Zoning Inspector. The PC also discussed the disposition of the old driving range
building on Hines Hill Road, and proposed code updates.
County's 2014 Property Reappraisal moves into Boston Heights
"Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE announces that the review phase of the
state mandated 2014 Reappraisal will move into the townships of Bath, Richfield and Boston;
and the villages of Richfield, Boston Heights and Peninsula.
County appraisers will physically evaluate residential parcels and can be identified by their
identification badges and yellow work vests. Their vehicles will be marked with a placard
stating they are from the Summit County Fiscal Office. Appraisers work
between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Fiscal Office does not perform
evaluations after 4:00 p.m.
The review phase of the 2014 Reappraisal
is expected to last through the summer.
Residents who have concerns or questions may call (330)643-2710."
Summer Road Repairs to resume in Village
Village Engineer Dave Krock reports:
• Crack sealing tentatively scheduled to start 31 July on various roads throughout the Village.
There will be no specific resident notifications for this work.
• Chip & Seal repairs scheduled for 2 August at Norbury/Walters
intersection and the cul-de-sac on Wellington Ct. This is being performed at the contractor's expense (KEE)
to rectify problems with last year's work. KEE will be putting door hangers on the doors of people affected
directly by this operation.
•Additional fog sealing of road surfaces in the Ashbrooke neighborhood will follow about 7-10 days later.
Neighborhood signs will be posted a few days in advance of this work.
All road repair work is "weather permitting"
Council Road Committee, July 2013 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 15 Jul'13
Hines Hill Road reconstruction has gone out for bids; Walters Road and other drainage projects
slated for next year; Akron-Peninsula Road paving with Boston Twp anticipated, some Ashbrooke chip-seal
road repairs to be redone (at contractor's expense) and follow-up on drainage problems there continues.
The Village of Boston Heights held a very animated "Town Hall Meeting" on
a proposal to contract with with the Valley Fire District for fire and EMS services, on
the evening of Tuesday, 16 July 2013 at the Boston Heights Village Hall.
Mayor Goncy's Report to VBH Public Town Hall Meeting Fire/EMS 7/16/2013 The Mayor
and Village Council's Safety Committee presented the outlines of the plan,
which would essentially mothball the Village's own Fire Department, terminate current EMS and dispatch
contracts with Macedonia, and contract for all fire response and EMS services with Valley Fire District.
Valley Fire would receive contractual payment for these services, and would pay to lease the
Village's fire station and equipment, providing full-time staffed response from either the Valley
station on Route 303, or from the Boston Heights station during some hours of weekdays. The net
costs were described as very close to the costs of operating the current department with existing
contracts, but would provide better coverage
with increased response manpower.
The contract is expected to include a provision requiring
Valley to offer employment to current Village Fire Department personnel, subject to legal
requirements, but seniority (and the officer command structure) would not carry over. The
primary justification offered was that staffing an all-volunteer on-call department has become
impractical in this area: daytime manpower response had become minimal, with Macedonia being called
upon to respond to all fire calls in addition to EMS calls, and that the overall department was down to ten active members.
The implication seemed to be that combination with an existing staffed department was more fiscally
sound than expansion of the town's own department into a full-time staffed operation.
Several dozen Village and area residents, including members of both Fire Departments, commented at length
on this proposal. Several members of the Boston Heights Fire Department expressed opposition to the
plan, and in particular felt that insufficient attention had been given to a departmental proposal
to operate its own ambulance and increase staffing. Some also disputed specific statements by
the Mayor and Council members about the current and historical operation of the department. Several
people felt the Village's firefighters were not being treated with sufficient consideration.
A variety of other operational questions were asked, and answered to various degrees of detail.
The contract is still being negotiated, though a current draft copy was made available at the meeting.
Mayor Goncy said there was no current schedule for a vote on a final contract. There were a number
of complaints about this matter not being sufficiently publicized; it was pointed out that it had
been under discussion in public meetings of Council and its committees since last year.
A complete (but unofficial) audio recording of the 2.5 hour meeting can be found here: Audio: VBH Public Town Hall Meeting Fire/EMS 7/16/2013(16 Jul'13)
Posted notice: Town Hall Meeting:
Proposed contract for shared services with the Valley Fire District
for Fire and EMS coverage(12 Jul'13)
Preliminary proposal from Valley Fire District, Jan'13: January 2013 Proposal from Valley Fire District(15 Jul'13)
This proposal to contract with Valley Fire District (on Route 303 in Peninsula) is the
result of the contract negotiations authorized by Village Council in April 2013:
This approach was also discussed at a
special meeting of the Council Safety Committee in March 2013,
as well as some discussions at various other Council committee meetings.
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 3 Jul'13 meeting Update:
The Planning Commission approved Prestige Homes' preliminary plat plan for a new
residential subdivision of 13 new homes on the west side of southern Olde Eight Road:
Parkside Ledges Preliminary Plan Jun'13
The 5000-6000 sq.ft. homes would be built between Ledgeview and Brighton subdivisions, on 45 acres between
Olde Eight and the Bike and Hike Trail. Engineer Dave Krock stated that he was satisfied
with the hydrological survey information he had received, and that neighboring water wells would
likely not be adversely affected. The approval was granted in conjunction with a platting variance
permitting a 1800-foot cul de sac roadway, and conditioned on the Engineer's receipt of certain
documentation related to septic installations. The PC must review and approve a final plat plan
at a later date.
Chuck Robinson, Village fireman and active citizen, dies
Charles Robinson ("Chuck") passed away on Friday, 14 June 2013. Mr. Robinson was a integral
element of the Village, serving for decades on the Boston Heights Fire Department, and as
a member and chairman of the Planning Commission. He was a frequent fixture at Village Council
meetings where he and Mrs. Robinson kept a close eye on Village activity and made sure problems
were brought into the public eye. Arrangements here.
Village Council agenda for the 12 June 2013 regular meeting(Updated: 13 Jun'13) Note: We have now received and posted most (not all) of the June legislation.
• Former Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman raised some interesting questions about discrepencies between the balances of various
Village financial reports.
• CORRECTION: Council authorized the first step in placing an additional Road Levy before the Village's voters in November.
(It had been erroneously announced at the meeting that this vote had failed.)
• Police Chief Ray Heatwall received a citation from the Summit County Sheriff for his work with the SWAT unit.
• Further road repairs and crack sealing will be carried out this year, but no further chip sealing. Bidding for the Hines Hill Road
reconstruction project should begin in July, as will bidding for the Village Hall paving project.
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 5 Jun'13 meeting Update:
The Planning Commission and the Village Engineer reviewed Prestige Homes' proposal for a new
proposed residential subdivision of 13 new homes on the west side of southern Olde Eight Road:
Parkside Ledges Preliminary Plan Jun'13
The 5000-6000 sq.ft. homes would be built between Ledgeview and Brighton subdivisions, on 45 acres between
Olde Eight and the
Bike and Hike Trail. Some of the homes would be in the Woodridge Schools and some in the Hudson Schools.
The Engineer requested updates to documentation on the septic systems, and pointed out
that the proposed 1800-foot cul de sac exceeded the maximum permissible 1000 foot length for such dead-end roads.
The bulk of public commentary and questioning from from neighboring homeowners, who were concerned about water well
impacts, septic system placements, tree preservation, and privacy and rural lifestyle issues. The Planning
Commission deferred the application until July to allow Prestige Homes to supply required documentation and to
either bring the length of the planned roadway into compliance or formally petition the PC for a platting variance
to allow the longer cul de sac.
Council Road Committee, June 2013
The Village Council's Road Committee held a special meeting 3 June 2013 to air various options
for a proposed increase or addition to the existing road improvement levy. Village Engineer Dave Krock
presented an outline of projected costs for complete asphalt repaving of all village roads over
various time periods. That presentation is available here: 2013 Proposed Road Levy Presentation, 3 Jun'13
The public discussion focused on the dissatisfaction of Wellington Court residents with maintenance of their
street in particular, and those of the Ashbrooke West neighborhood in general. Complaints included
poor original roadway construction, general neglect of those roads, last year's patching followed by
chip-and-seal treatment (including loose gravel), poor work on drainage repairs and re-seeding, and
lack of commitment by the Village to completely rebuild and/or repave the roadway in the immediate future.
Mr. Krock stated that the problems with drainage and seeding were being addressed, and some of the roadway
coating would be re-done as well. Those remedies were met with some skepticism.
There was further discussion of funding and priorities for more extensive paving work, including the possibility
of property assessments and bond issues. Paving priorities were to be guided by the review of the Village's
roads conducted last year: Boston Heights Engineer's 2012 CIP Road Report
The Road Committee planned to take the public comments under advisement,
and continue to work the numbers to come up with a comprehensive long-term road maintenance plan,
which would most likely include an increased road improvement levy on the ballot this November.
Village Council agenda for the 8 May 2013 regular meeting
The agenda and full text of legislation
for the May 2013 Council meeting is now available. (16 May'13)Update:
• The Village Council has agreed to an amended and renewed 5-year residential trash-hauling contract with Kimble (J&J Refuse)
that bumps the monthly fee up $1 for own-container users, to the same current rate for trash bin users ($15.40/mo). The
new contract allows future annual increases with the CPI. The new contract also appears to
mandate use of the large rolling trash bins, and similar recycling bins. Info letters will be sent out.
• Village Engineer Dave Krock reported that the Village had received a $345K grant for the long-awaited E. Hines Hill Road rehabilitation
project, as well as a $345K long-term loan for the same. He reported that negotiations continue on the amount of funding
that will be received for that project due to the wear and tear from the years of Krejci Dump remediation trucking. Additional
grants are being sought for park playground improvements, and for various drainage repair projects in the Village, including the Walters Road culvert failure.
• Long-serving Police Sergeant Randall Robison was commended by the Mayor upon the occasion of his retirement.
Homestead Exemption and 2.5% Tax Reduction Deadline: 3 June 2013
If you are 65 years or older, or fully disabled, and/or living in a home you own yourself, you could be looking at a
property tax reduction. The deadline for filing for the Homestead Exemption and the 2.5% Tax Reduction for tax year 2013
is Monday, 3 June 2013. Click the link above for details. (7 May'13)
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 1 May'13 meeting Update: The Planning Commission discussed the status of the former The Range building on E. Hines Hill Road;
discussed and recommended to Council revisions to the Platting Regulations and to the Certificate of Zoning Compliance
(zoning occupancy permit); discussed alternatives to construction bond requirements.
Village receives grant to pave Village Hall parking lot
The Village of Boston Heights has received a $78,600 grant from the State of Ohio that will pay for
paving part of the Village Hall parking lot. All costs will be covered by the grant; no
Village matching funds are required. This SWIF grant is intended to improve
storm water handling. To that end, the parking area of the lot
will be excavated to improve permability and drainage, and will be covered with permable pavers,
and will receive new curbing and drainage.
As the grant is also intended to promote
improved storm water handling, the Village has pledged to hold a public meeting on the project,
to promote the project via flyers and signage, and to document the project with a dedicated page on the
Village's own (future?) website. The cost of these PR materials is set at $300.
Krock-Esser Engineering (which also acts as the Village Engineer) will be handling the
surveying and engineering work at a cost of $6,600.
The construction itself is budgeted at up to $72,000. The project is expected to be carried out in Summer 2013.
Read the Boston Heights SWIF Grant Application and project planning documents
Updated 19 Apr'13: Hudson Council halts Hines Hill Road bike path project for now HHT: Hudson Council drops bike lane options for Hines Hill Road "Council members were concerned about putting a trail or bike lanes on Hines Hill Road and then waiting years for Boston Heights
to connect its trail to it... Boston Heights part of the proposed trail is $1.46 million."(17 Apr'13) Update: Boston Heights Council member Don Polyak responds:
"... This article did NOT report the decision accurately.
Hudson Council did NOT turn down the (already approved and funded by the [Hudson] Park Board) off the street trail as reported.
They only turned down the extended 4 foot bike lanes on the roadway.
They are still planning on building a bike trail (off road) from Boston Heights line to the YDC property.
This initial investment from the Hudson Park Board is the first major step in this project that will create a
connecting trail from the National Park, the Hike and Bike trail, to the new Metro Park, to the YDC property,
to downtown Hudson and beyond.
As this is a priority for many of us that believe in supporting safe recreation and our residents requests for more bike lanes,
please pass this email along as you see fit."
-- Don Polyak, VBH Council
(17 Apr'13) Update: Hudson Council member Alex Kelemen further responds:
"While the HHT headline and article were not entirely correct, not all of Mr. Polyak’s
statements are themselves correct. Hudson City Council did in fact decide not to go forward with
a path from the Boston Heights Corp line to the western drive of the YDC property at this time.
City Council will ultimately vote on the Park Board’s plan at some future time as to whether this
segment or the proposed multi-purpose path through the YDC property to Prospect Street
is approved for construction in 2013."
-- Alex Kelemen, Hudson City Council
(19 Apr'13) Previously: Hines Hill Road bike lanes in jeopardy... (Jan'13)
Public Meeting on Village Comprehensive Plan: Clarion Inn, Wed 17 April
The Village of Boston Heights and AMATS held a public meeting to discuss the
Village Comprehensive Plan project at: 7PM on Wednesday, 17 April 2013
at the Clarion Inn in Boston Heights. The meeting was
open to all residents of the Village, as well as other interested parties and stakeholders; about 40 attended.
The meeting was conducted by the consultants at Environmental Design Group, who have been working
on the Plan under a grant from AMATS, in conjunction with the Village's own Comprehensive Zoning Plan Committee.
The meeting was publicized to all residents by the
Boston Heights/AMATS letter on the public meeting
which was included in the recent Boston Heights Village newsletter mailing.
(18 Apr'13) Previously:AMATS Connected Communities Grant for Village Plan (Feb'12)
Council Road Committee, April 2013 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 15 Apr'13
Public meetings set to discuss requests for water and sewer service in the Village, and for a proposed additional
Road Levy (in addition to the current 2.75mil Road Levy that has just begun collection this year). Other issues
and projects were also reviewed, including the upcoming Hines Hill Road repairs and the Akron-Cleveland Road bridge replacement.
Village receives recycling grant for 2013
ABJ: 31 communities in Summit County receive $414,549 in recycling grants
The Village has received a grant of $948 from Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority / ReWorks to further recycling in town.
Mayor Goncy has stated, at a recent Council meeting, that he expects to combine this year's grant with last year's in order to obtain
more and better residential recycling bins. (9 Apr'13)
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 3 Apr'13 meeting Update: The Planning Commission approved new signs and use for the Olde 8 Tavern on Akron-Cleveland Road,
formerly Uncle B's, and Tequila Pancho's before that. The PC also recommended to Council a new schedule of
planning and zoning fees.
Village Council agenda for the 13 February 2013 regular meeting Update: Text of the legislation from this meeting is now available, attached to Agenda link above.
Mr. Edward Yost was appointed to the Fire Department as Fire Inspector; Mr. Toney Garabay was appointed as the Cemetery Sexton.
A measure to update the Planning and Zoning fee schedule was introduced, pending a public hearing.
Council Road Committee, February 2013 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 18 Feb'13
This was the last in a series of public meetings on the Village's plans for road and drainage projects.
The Village Engineer explained the state of the Village's roads, including recent repairs and costs for ongoing
maintenance and/or repaving. The Road Committee
made its case for an increase to the Village's Road Levy property tax in order to expand the scope of the town's
road maintenance program.
Boston Heights taxpayers have just begun paying on the current 5-year Road Levy
of 2.75 mills this year (2013, for 1st half 2012 taxes); payments of about $84 per $100K of property value will run
through 2017 if there are no changes. (19 Feb'13) For more information: Boston Heights Engineer's 2012 CIP Road Report
— including road repair cost reports
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 6 Feb'13 meeting Update: The Planning Commission approved a site plan and building addition for Clarion Inn, adding a
tour bus entrance with building and landscaping upgrades. The PC also recommended to Council a revision
of the ordinances setting planning and zoning fees, and the composition of the BZA. The PC also further
discussed updates to the subdivision platting code.
Council Road Committee, January 2013 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 21 Jan'13
The Village Engineer explained current and future road and drainage improvement projects, including
plans to finally begin the reconstruction of West Hines Hill Road this summer.
Some residents of the Wooded View / Hines Hill neighborhood suggested that the Village increase its Road Levy
property tax in order to expand the scope of the town's road maintenance program.
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 2 Jan'13 meeting (24 Dec'12) Update: The Planning Commission approved a site plan and building addition for Dun-Rite Roofing on Chittenden, and
continued discussion of the proposed restructuring of the Village's planning and zoning fees.
Village to contract for Zoning Inspector services
At the Council Finance Committee meeting of 18 Dec'12, Boston Heights Village Council
decided to contract for Zoning
Inspector services in 2013. Traditionally the Village
has employed an individual as a part-time Zoning Inspector, handling both enforcement
and planning/zoning administrative functions for about $250/month.
The Village will extend its current
contract with Krock-Esser Engineering to encompass these additional functions; currently
K-E acts as the Village Engineer and Street Commissioner. Dave Krock anticipates that
routine inspection and reporting will require 2 hours per week, charged at a flat fee
of $300/month. More extensive enforcement and administrative activity will be
charged separately. The appointment and contract amendment are expected to be made
at the January Council meeting. (18 Dec'12)
Council Road Committee, November 2012 Minutes
of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 19 Nov'12
The Village Engineer explained current and future road and drainage improvement projects.
Some residents of the Village's Ashbrooke neighborhood suggested that the Village increase its Road Levy
property tax, and extend it from 5 to 10 years, in order to expand the scope of the town's road maintenance program.
(Ed. note: Road maintenance is one of the few purposes for which ORC 5705.19 allows a municipal levy longer
than 5 years, or continuing.)
National Park confirms: Krejci Dump Cleanup is being completed, not restarted
Boston Heights Overlook contacted the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to inquire into
worries, voiced by residents in the Wooded View area, that the Krejci Dump cleanup
project was restarting rather than finishing up. Specifically, there were concerns over
trucks apparently moving soils out of the dump sites once again.
From Chris Davis, Plant Ecologist for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (and the current
CVNP contact for the Krejci project):
"A while ago, a few small spots at Krecji were found with slightly elevated
levels of contamination and those areas were removed. But the site is
still clean and meeting all regulatory requirements.
All the recent truck traffic at the site (and there's been a LOT) has been
trucks hauling/moving clean fill between the east and west sites to provide
fill to meet grading requirements. No dirt is being removed from the site.
Folks also may have seen trucks leaving the site that had dropped off
composted soil, which has been placed in wetlands, and rock to repair
gullies and cover limestone rip-rap. Again, all this material is clean and
Even the dirt they trucked off a few weeks
ago wasn't "hazardous"; it just didn't meet the super-high standards they
have at this site. Krecji is probably the least contaminated site in the
area now. They even had trouble finding composted leaves to add to the
wetlands that met standards for the site."
Hudson & Woodridge levies pass, Nordonia levy fails
• Issue 64: Hudson Schools Levy, 1.5mil 5 year PIF: PASS 66% to 34%
• Issue 65: Nordonia Schools Levy, 3mil continuing operations: FAIL 60% to 40%
• Issue 71: Woodridge Schools Levy, 6.83mil 5 year operations: PASS 55% to 45%
• 14th Congressional District representative: David P. Joyce (REP) with 54% of the vote.
• 38th Ohio House District representative: Marilyn Slaby (REP) with 55% of the vote.
• Summit County Council District #1: Nick Kostandaras (DEM) with 57% of the vote.
Source: Summit County Board of Elections and
Ohio Sec'y of State. (7 Nov'12)
Village to provide leaf pickup, branch chipping We've been corrected by Mayor Goncy:
The Village will provide leaf pickup during the Fall: place your leaves near the roadway for
pickup during the week. The Service Department will be picking up leaves every weekday.
If they're not gone after a few days, call in a request to the Village Hall: 330-650-4111.
Branch pickup and chipping will also continue, every Monday; stack branches by the road facing in one direction.
Branches and logs too large to chip will not be picked up. Do not block ditches or catch basins!(17 Oct'12)
Paper & Cardboard Recycling at Village Hall
Don't forget to bring your cardboard, paper, magazines and books for recycling at the
Boston Heights Village Hall. There is a special green recycling container in the parking lot
(more info here).
Village Council agenda for the 10 October 2012 regular meeting Update: Regular Village Council meetings will now be held at 7PM on the 2nd Wednesday of
each month, instead of 8PM. This timetable begins with the November 2012 meeting. (10 Oct'12)
(Update: The Nov'12 regular Council meeting will be 7PM on Thu, 15 Nov'12 rather than the usual Wednesday.)
Akron-Cleveland Road Bridge Replacement: Public Meeting, Wednesday 10 Oct'12
ODOT and the Village of Boston Heights will hold a public involvement meeting
to explain the planned replacement of the Akron-Cleveland Road bridge over the Metroparks Bike & Hike Trail.
This is the decaying double-bridge structure just south of Route 303. The Village is responsible for the
maintenance and replacement of this bridge, as the road is no longer a state highway. However,
Federal funding has been obtained for the bulk of the project, and the Metroparks is making a contribution.
Nonetheless, the Village itself is on the hook for a substantial financial investment in this project.
The public meeting, which will be in open-house format without a specific presentation, will be held
from 5-7PM on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, at Happy Days Lodge on Route 303 (500 W. Streetsboro Road).
For more information: ODOT Public Involvement Meeting LetterUpdate: Public comments received by ODOT at this meeting are summarized here: Akron
Cleveland Road Public Meeting - Comment Summary and Response Letter — the gist of which is a general sentiment against
a long-term closure of the road during construction. (5 Dec'12)
Change in Village Fiscal Officer; Klingenberg takes over from Huber
The Village's first Fiscal Officer, Richard Huber, has tendered his resignation effective
13 Sep'12. Mayor Bill Goncy, with the concurrence of Council, has appointed
Betty Klingenberg as Fiscal Officer for the balance of the 2012 term.
Ms. Klingenberg has been employed as a part-time assistant in the Village of Glenwillow
Finance Department, Sagamore Hills Township Clerk, assistant in the Summit County Engineer's office,
and as a member of the Nordonia Hills School Board. Mr. Huber, who had briefly worked as
the Village's Assistant Office Clerk, has been appointed as the Assistant Fiscal Officer
and so will remain involved with the Village's finances and operations.
(13 Sep'12)Previously: Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman retires; Village transitions to Fiscal Officer (Apr'12)
Village Council agenda for the 12 September 2012 regular meeting Update: Macedonia's Mayor Kuchta addressed Council on the idea of
sponsoring a regional Senior's Center in Macedonia;
he suggested the Village appoint a
representative to discuss the matter with the other communities in the Nordonia area.
Council adopted new regulations on temporary political signs, in effect immmediately (Ord.17-2012).
A 5-cent fee was adopted for scanning pages (as well as printing them) for public records requests (Ord.18-2012).
The position of Assistant Fiscal Officer was codified; it had previously existed only as an
addendum to the annual payroll ordinance (Ord.19-2012).
The position of Assistant Office Clerk was redefined to be consistent with this new position (Ord.20-2012).
Council authorized the Mayor to join the Village with County on grants for demolition projects
Council also formally sponsored the upcoming Fall Festival (Res.34-2012). Finally,
Council endorsed Mayor Goncy's appointment of Betty Klingenberg as Fiscal Officer (Res.35-2012),
and Richard Huber as Assistant Fiscal Officer (Res.36-2012). The Mayor had already noted that
Mr. Huber was resigning his current position of Fiscal Officer and would become the assistant to
the new Fiscal Officer, all as of 13 Sep'12.
Public Zoning Meeting, 6:30PM Tue 25 Sep'12
A public hearing will be held at 6:30PM Tue 25 Sep 2012, preceding the Council Finance meeting,
to discuss several proposed amendments to the Zoning Code. (Rescheduled from 12 Sep'12.)
These include modifications to some permitted and conditional uses in certain districts
a definition of Bed and Breakfast establishments (Ord.Z-2012).
Also to be discussed is the codification of how engineering and professional fees are back
charged for development within the Village, through a new professional review fund and
published fee list (Ord.V-2012);
this has previously been handled on an ad hoc basis.
Boston Heights may be tapped for area Senior Center NL: Could Macedonia be home for Nordonia Hills senior center?
Beyond the mention in the article linked here, Mayor Goncy mentioned at a recent meeting that he
had been asked to meet with Macedonia's Mayor Kuchta to discuss cooperating in this venture.
Village sets public meetings on road, drainage maintenance
Boston Heights Village has scheduled a series of public meetings this fall & winter to review
road and drainage maintenance plans with the residents of specific areas of the Village. These are:
Mon, 15 Oct'12 at 7PM for all residents along Olde 8 Road from Brandywine Road north to the Northfield border.
Mon, 19 Nov'12 at 7PM for the residents of Ashbrooke (and nearby areas).
Mon, 21 Jan'13 at 7PM for residents from Hines Hill to the Turnpike Bridge, including all side streets.
Mon, 21 Feb'13 at 7PM for residents south of the Turnpike to Rt.303.
A reminder to our readers
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affiliated with the government of the Village of Boston Heights, Ohio.
While we thank the officials of the Village, past and present, for their boundless cooperation and assistance, please be aware
that this website is edited, operated and financed entirely as a private volunteer enterprise in the service of
the community of Boston Heights.
This year 2012 marks our 10th year of operation online. Thank you for your interest!
Village Council agenda for the 8 August 2012 regular meeting(7 Aug'12) Update: With Councilors Ron Antal and Don Polyak absent, there were an insufficient number of
council members present at the meeting to suspend the requirement for three readings of each measure.
Therefore each item on the agenda just received a reading by the Mayor, except Resolution A which was
adopted by Council upon its third reading. Now Res.33-2012, this requests the County to remit any
already-collected funds it holds on the Village's behalf, where applicable to the
current fiscal year (per ORC 321.34).
Contrary to rumor, this is not a request for any loan, nor advance on unpaid taxes (which would be
per ORC 321.341 and entirely at the County Fiscal Officer's discretion).
Additionally, a number of residents of the Wellington Court area of the Ashbrooke West neighborhood
addressed Council, the Mayor, and the Village Engineer about their dissatisfaction with
drainage and road maintenance, both historical and that currently under way.
Public Meeting: Political Sign Posting Regulations
A public meeting was held at 7:30PM Wednesday, 8 August 2012 (before the regular Council meeting)
to present a proposed change in Village regulations of political signs, as a revision to the Zoning Code.
The intention appears to be to bring these regulations into conformance with various
court decisions on free speech rights, while still reasonably regulating maintenance and safety issues.
(8 Aug'12) Update: The public meeting was attended by only two citizens (including the BHO editor). There
were no comments offered other than Solicitor Marshal Pitchford's statement (in response to a query by
Councilor Ron Fenn) that in his opinion the new regulations will be conformant with various court decisions.
The regulations essentially put no specific timetable on political signs, but would now require them to be removed, or
replaced and newly registered, every 30 days. Also, the maximum sign size per sign would be regularized across all
districts, at 12 square feet (with no constraint on aggregate size or sign count). The new regulations
would not change the usual prohibition of private signs, including political signs, within the public right-of-way.
This measure received the second of three readings at the subsequent Council meeting.
Village Engineer plans summer road, ditch maintenance
Village Council recently OK'd contracts for maintenance and repair of roads and ditches/drainage
over the summer of 2012. Village Engineer Krock has released maps of the planned repairs: 2012 Road Maintenance Program 2012 Drainage Maintenance Program
Notification to affected property owners, and possibly public meetings, are planned before
work begins. (24 Jul'12)
Woodridge Schools levy on 7 August Special Election ballot
At a 7 August Special Election, Village residents in the Woodridge School District (only) will be voting on:
Woodridge Local Schools Emergency Levy, Issue 5: 6.83-mill 5-year levy, expected to raise about $3M/year.
The levy proponents' website is Support Woodridge,
and includes a levy cost calculator.
Village Council agenda for the 11 July 2012 regular meeting(11 Jul'12) Update: Council adopted a couple of zoning code corrections, as well as a new zoning map
(which does not change any zoning, but reflects the post-Route 8 upgrade terrain). Plans for a fall
flea market were endorsed and agreed to sell a surplus vehicle on eBay. A public meeting was
set for 7:30PM on 8 Aug'12 to present a planned change in political sign posting regulations
that are intended to more closely conform to existing court decisions. (12 Jul'12)
Village Council agenda for the 26 June 2012 special meeting(26 Jun'12) Update: Council resolved to seek a grant for financial assistance on the planned roadway and
drainage upgrades to West Hines Hill Road; adjusted two police officers' pay grades; authorized contracts
for extensive roadway and drainage repair programs in the Village. The Village Engineer will be finalizing
the scope of these repairs, which include crack and chip sealing of roadways, asphalt repairs, ditch and
culvert cleaning, culvert replacement and repairs. Affected residents will be notified, and there may
be a public meeting later in the summer to explain these projects. (27 Jun'12)
State Auditor releases Boston Heights 2011-2012 Audit
The biennial audit of the Village's finances and procedures was released this month, along with
a management letter advising improvements in various fiscal procedures and department management practices.
There was also an additional report on "Agreed Procedures" to ensure everything was in order
during the transition from Village Clerk-Treasurer to Fiscal Officer.
Village Council agenda for the 13 June 2012 regular meeting(13 June'12) Update: As only four of the six Council members attended the meeting, all
ordinances and resolutions were held for an additional reading (it takes at least five members
to override the standard requirement for three readings of each item). However, a special
Council meeting will be held later in the month to attend to the more urgent matters; tentatively
set for 6:30PM, Tue 26 Jun'12.
Before the Council meeting was a presentation by the Village's insurance broker on options for liability
insurance coverage for the various independent Village associations (
Fairview Cemetery Ass'n,
Friends of Matthews-Thomas Park,
Boston Heights Fire Department Ass'n.
It appears that these groups will need to obtain event liability coverage, as the Village has discovered
that its blanket liability policy may not cover the activities of such groups.
Following the meeting, Village Engineer Dave Krock presented a review of the preliminary engineering for the
West Hines Hill Road improvements that the Village hopes to make in the next year or so. (14 Jun'12)
Village Council agenda for the 9 May 2012 regular meeting(8 May'12) Update: Council tweaked the new noise ordinance, created a mechanism for carrying out
fire inspections, sorted out some insurance issues for village events, appointed Ian Paieta
as Fire Captain, Gail Graci as ass't office clerk, and set rates and policies for the Park pavilion.
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 2 May'12 meeting Update: The Planning Commission and several Boston Heights citizens held a lively
discussion on a proposal to change the Residential District zoning regulations to make
agriculture a conditional use (subject to review) instead of the current permitted use (no review).
The PC plans to further consider the matter at future meetings.
BH Firefighter Association Steak Dinner/Dance cancelled
We are informed that the Boston Heights Firefighters' Association Steak Dinner and Dance,
previously scheduled for 19 May 2012, has been cancelled. (1 May'12)
Village adopts new Noise Ordinance
As noted earlier, Boston Heights Village Council adopted, at its
April 2012 meeting, a substantially stronger Noise Ordinance. According to discussion
among Council, the changes are intended to address
some reported difficulties, under the previous ordinance, in enforcement of peace and quiet in
the Village residential neighborhoods. Primary changes include:
• A change from the old (poorly defined) quiet time after 11PM to a general restriction
on unreasonable or annoying noise;
• A specific restriction on sounds audible 80 feet from the property line, without
regard to time of day;
• A restriction on operation of machinery or engines that generate
"loud, unnecessary, unreasonable, or obnoxious noise";
• A clause permitting confiscation of portable sound equipment or vehicles
used to violate the ordinance.
(This list is not comprehensive.) The new law is now in effect. (1 May'12)
Public Hearing Zoning Code Changes and Map Update
A public hearing will be held at the Boston Heights Village Hall at
6:30PM, Tue 22 May 2012 (before the monthly Financial Committee meeting). The hearing
will present some technical changes to the Zoning Code, and an update to the
Village's Zoning Map. No property is being rezoned, but the updated map will
reflect previous zoning district changes (from 2007) and the parcel changes due to the Route 8
upgrade project. (1 May'12)
Click for the
Village notification of the 22 May'12 Public Hearing.
Sunoco Pipeline Survey
Wondering about people roaming around along the gas pipeline that runs through Boston Heights?
Sunoco has taken over ownership and may be out surveying the pipeline and its right-of-way.
Details in this Sunoco letter.
Village Council agenda for the 15 April 2012 emergency meeting(14 Apr'12)
As the 2012 pay ordinance has not yet been passed, it is necessary to amend the existing pay ordinance
in order to include the new Fiscal Officer's position. The former position of Clerk-Treasurer was
elected, for which an annual salary had been set by a separate ordinance before election. Update: Fiscal Officer Richard Huber's pay was set at $18.77 per hour.
Residents invited to meeting on Hines Hill Road plans
The Village of Boston Heights and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park have invited residents,
particularly those of West Hines Hill Road and the Wooded View neighborhood, to attend
a public meeting at the Village Hall at 7PM, Wed. 18 April 2012. Plans and timetables for
the repair or reconstruction of Hines Hill will be discussed. See
Mayor Goncy's letter(3 Apr'12)
Boston Heights Seeks Part-time Office Assistant
Details here. (4 Apr'12)
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman retires; Village transitions to Fiscal Officer
After 23 years of service to the Village of Boston Heights, mostly as Clerk-Treasurer, Carol Zeman
has retired as of 31 March, 2012. With her goes the elected office of Clerk-Treasurer; those
duties will now be carried out by an appointed employee of the Village. Richard W. Huber was
recently appointed and confirmed as the first Fiscal Officer for Boston Heights, beginning on
1 April 2012. The job remains a combination of Treasurer and Clerk of Council.
2012 FOP Reverse Raffle & Dinner - In Memory of Former Mayor Raymond C. McFall
Fraternal Order of Police &Auxiliary 2012 Dinner and Reverse Raffle will be 21 April 2012 at the
Clarion Inn at Boston Heights:
Ticket info here. (29 Mar'12)
Summit County Reverse Alert System can notify you of emergencies
The Summit County Reverse Alert system will attempt to call all listed landline phone numbers
in areas affected by an emergency situation. If you have no landline telephone and/or wish to be
notified of emergencies by cell phone, text message, or email, you can opt in to the Reverse Alert
System here: Summit County Reverse Alert System Registration (29 Mar'12)
CVNP to carry out controlled burn near W. Boston Mills Road Update: The prescribed fire was carried out on Thursday, 29 March 2012 south of
W. Boston Mills Road in Boston Township. See the CPD video here.
(31 Mar'12) Previously:
At some point between 26 March and 30 April, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
will carry out a controlled, or "prescribed", fire in Boston Township
near West Boston Mills Road. The exact date will be chosen based on weather conditions.
Please see the CVNP Prescribed Fire
document for full details and assurances.
(27 Mar'12) HHT: Park fights invasive plants with fire (27 Mar'12) ABJ: CUYAHOGA VALLEY / Burn Plan in Park(25 Mar'12)
Village Council agenda for the 27 March 2012 special meeting(26 Mar'12) Update: Council approved the contracts with Macedonia for safety dispatching
and temporary housing of prisoners, as well as one of two cemetery settlement agreements, this year's contract
with Summit Soil & Water. Council also permitted the Village to advertise for a new part-time assistant
to the Office Clerk (Deputy Clerk of Mayor's Court), as Richard Huber will be moving from that position to that of Fiscal Officer,
as of Sunday 1 April 2012.
NL: BOSTON HEIGHTS TO VOTE ON FIVE-YEAR DEAL WITH CITY [Macedonia](21 Mar'12) Update: Council approved the 5-year safety dispatch contract with Macedonia
at a Special Council Meeting on 27 Mar'12. The contract is for a flat annual fee starting
at $71,000 this year and increasing 2.0-2.5% each year thereafter.
Village Council agenda for the 14 March 2012 regular meeting(15 Mar'12) Update: Council approved Mayor Goncy's revised appointment of Richard W. Huber
to the position of Village Fiscal Officer for the balance of 2012. The term runs through
the 2nd Wedneday of 2013. Mr. Huber recently joined the Village staff as an assistant to the
Office Clerk (Deputy Clerk of Mayor's Court), and will transition to the Fiscal Officer position
on 1 April 2012. The Fiscal Officer position is new to Boston Heights this year,
and is an appointed employee position that replaces the previously
elected Clerk-Treasurer, with much the same duties.
Mayor Goncy displayed a proclamation of thanks for the retiring Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman, noting
her 23 years of service to the Village. He also prepared a proclamation of thanks to veteran
firefighter Robert Reidl, who is leaving the Village Fire Department after 42 years of service.
Council has arranged a Special Council Meeting on 27 Mar'12 to handle some time-constrained issues before
the end of the first quarter of 2012.
Woodridge Schools levy on March Primary ballot
At the 6 March Primary Election, Village residents in the Woodridge School District will be voting on:
Woodridge Local Schools Emergency Levy, Issue 10: 6.83-mill 5-year levy, expected to raise about $3M/year.
The levy proponents' website is Support Woodridge,
and includes a levy cost calculator.
(27 Feb'12) Previously:Woodridge approves March levy request (Dec'11)
Village Council agenda for the 20 February 2012 special meeting(17 Feb'12) Update: In a near-record 2 minutes and 45 seconds, Council authorized advertising for the
position of Fiscal Officer, and adjourned. Mayor Goncy's appointment is still pending a final
vote, having had two of the necessary three readings before Council.
Village Council agenda for the 16 February 2012 special meeting
Another try at revisiting the question of the Mayor's pending appointment of the Village Fiscal Officer.
(15 Feb'12) Update: Council noted a second reading of a resolution to approve the Mayor's appointment of a
Fiscal Officer for the Village, but took no further action before adjourning. Several Council members
expressed a desire that the Mayor interview other candidates, and to that end set another special
Council meeting for Monday to authorize advertising the position. Note that by Ohio
(ORC 733.262) and Village law,
the Fiscal Officer is appointed by the Mayor, which appointment is approved by Council (or not). This
differs from selection of, for example, Village Solicitor, who is selected and appointed solely by
Council (ORC 733.48).
Village Council agenda for the 13 February 2012 special meeting
Revisiting the question of the Mayor's pending appointment of the Village Fiscal Officer.
(9 Feb'12) Update: As fewer than the necessary quorum of four Council members attended, the meeting
was unable to be convened. There was some informal discussion of the scheduling of another
Special Council Meeting. (13 Feb'12)
Village Council agenda for the 8 February 2012 regular meeting Update: Council approved the 2012 budget appropriations; deferred consideration of
Mayor Goncy's proposed appointment of Melinda A. Valahovic as Village Fiscal Officer (she is currently the
assistant to the Clerk-Treasurer); agreed to settle a dispute at Fairview Cemetery. Council
agreed to allow a damaged police cruiser to be sold as salvage, having received an insurance settlement
in the matter. A new fleet of police cruisers is currently being purchased and outfitted. Council
also approved the Mayor's appointment of Dana Berchtold to the Recreation Advisory Commission (Park Board).
Village Police Chief Joe Varga Defers Retirement
In a letter to Mayor Goncy and Council,
Boston Heights Chief of Police Joseph Varga has rescinded
his earlier plan to retire in mid-2012. Chief Varga now expects to stay on the job until 2017. There had
been some discussion on his remaining Chief on a part-time basis after retirement.
(31 Jan'12) Previously:Village Police Chief Joe Varga to Retire (2011)
Property Tax Reduction Oppportunities for Homeowners
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman reminds Village residents to ensure they're receiving the 2.5%
property tax reduction for their primary home -- and if not, apply for it before June. In addition,
residents turning 65 (and up!) this year, or totally disabled, can apply for an additional
Homestead Exemption for part of their home's property taxes. Any changes won't show up on your
tax bill until next year.
Check your property tax record for HOMESTEAD Yes/No and 2.5% REDUCTION Yes/No
Links: Check your property tax record *
2.5% Reduction *
Village Council agenda for the 11 January 2012 regular meeting Update: Council bumped up the Village's fees for credit card payments, chargebacks and bad checks, and
endorsed the Mayor's appointment of Richard Huber as assistant to Office Clerk Kathi Cole.
Council also engaged attorney Marshal Pitchford as Village Solicitor for another two years
(as his current appointment ends on 31 January), but not without a great deal of discussion.
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman and Mayor Goncy cautioned Council to be aware of the probable need for a much
larger legal budget than in recent years, based on Mr. Pitchford's new contract rates and increased
work hours. Mr. Pitchford (and several members of Council) pointed out that he is currently expending
extra hours resolving Village legal issues that have been languishing for years, and which hopefully may
be brought to some final conclusion. Councilor Ron Antal suggested re-opening a search for a Solicitor
in the hope of realizing lower legal cost, but others on Council felt that last year's extensive search
process was sufficient. (A suggestion to have routine matters handled by an attorney other than the Solicitor
is probably impractical under Ohio law).
Public Meeting: Hines Hill Bike Path Feasibility Study
A public meeting was held at 7PM 9 January 2012 at the Boston Heights Village Hall.
The purpose of the meeting was to inform residents about a potential Bikeway on Hines Hill Road.
In 2001, Metro Parks established a Greenway Plan for Summit County.
This plan identified ideal locations for bikeways, and those included Hines Hill Road.
In November of this year, a matching grant was awarded to conduct a feasibility study for bikeway
along Hines Hill Road. (from the Village's legal notice) Update: Mayor Bill Goncy introduced the various speakers from Floyd-Browne Engineering, Summit County
Trailways Coalition, and City of Hudson Parks. The basic proposal being examined is to build a bike trail in
the existing right-of-way on the north side of W. Hines Hill Road eastward from its current intersection
with the MetroParks Bike & Hike Trail. The trail would cross Olde Eight Road at a flashing-signal crosswalk,
continue along (or possibly, through) the old Boston Hills golf course to Dean Memorial Parkway at Route 8.
There the trail would cross Hines Hill to the south side of the road, cross Dean Memorial (both
at pedestrian-signalized crosswalks) and continue on that side of the road eastward to the Hudson city line.
The trail would then cross Brandywine Creek on a new bridge and continue past the old Youth Development
Center, across the railroad tracks, and up to Prospect Street. It would then follow Prospect and Morse Drive
to Hudson's First and Main center, downtown. The proposal included drainage improvements for the W. Hines Hill
road area nearest Wooded View, though this was not expected to resolve the drainage problems within
those properties. There was some discussion of right-of-way and other issues, all of which was
promised to be considered as the feasibility study continues. (10 Jan'12)
See also: Hudson Park Board, Oct'11
Village Council agenda for the 4 January 2012 special meeting Update: Council recombined the Safety 1 (Police) and Safety 2 (Fire) Committees into a single
Safety Committee. Councilor Don Polyak explained that this was intended to improve fiscal and operational
coordination between Council and the two public safety departments. Mr. Polyak was also selected as
Council President Pro Tempore, who will chair the Financial Committee and step in for the Mayor when
necessary. The Council members assigned themselves to the various standing committees
-- not without some measure of controversy and discussion. (4 Jan'12)
NL: Five file for area's two new state House districts
Boston Heights joins the new 38th Ohio House District, running along the western
side of Summit and Stark Counties. Lynn Slaby (R) of Copley, and Michael J. Kaplan (D) of Peninsula
have filed for the seat, to be decided on the Nov'12 ballot. Most of the rest of Northern
Summit County is in the new 37th District. (9 Dec'11)
Boston Heights Wins Grant for Comprehensive Plan Development
For the past several years, the Village's largely volunteer Comprehensive Zoning Plan Committee
has been working on forming a Comprehensive Plan for Boston Heights. Residents may
recall the survey that was carried out by the CZPC in 2009, the results of which
were presented to Council at that time. This fall, the CZPC applied for an AMATS Connected
Communities grant in the hopes of receiving professional planning assistance in completing
the Plan. This week, the Village was in fact awarded the grant, which will be
administered and expended by AMATS on its behalf: ABJ: Agency approves federal transportation funds for Boston Heights, Ravenna(7 Dec'11) See also:Vlg of Boston Hts Application: AMATS Connected Communities Grant 2011 (Oct'11)
WSL: Woodridge approves March levy request
Woodridge Local Schools will place an emergency tax levy on the 6 March 2012 Primary Election ballot.
The Board of Education voted 22 Nov'11 to request a five-year levy raising $3M/year. Millage is
yet to be determined.
(1 Dec'11) See also:Woodridge's money woes... (Nov'11)
Village's Residential Trash Hauler adds online billing & billpay
Register here with J&J Refuse.
It's optional; you will still get a paper bill and pay by mail, if you prefer.
Village Council agenda for the 9 November 2011 regular meeting Update: Council deferred action on regulations for the upcoming Fiscal Officer position;
allowed for fire station staffing during weather/emergency events;
enabled the Mayor to contract with the County to administer "entertainment arcade" regulations;
endorsed funding for a future study of bike trails;
enabled the Mayor to contract with the new interim Engineer; and
enabled the Mayor to contract with a collection agency to pursue old unpaid fines and fees.
Boston Heights Election Results(9 Nov'11) Mayor: Goncy re-elected:
Bill Goncy WIN 57%
Janet Miller 43%
Council: Two new members elected:
Ron Antal (Meghan's Lane) WIN 39% (+1% other write-ins)
Glen Blakeney (Sholle Dr) WIN 33%
James Hudson (Olde Eight) 27%
Levies: Both Village levies renewed, Nordonia levy passed:
NL: Village to decide levies for services
An explanation of the two Boston Heights levy renewals that will be on the ballot
next Tuesday, 8 Nov'11:
Fire Dept. Operating Levy, Issue 68: 3-year, 0.75-mill levy renewal.
Road Levy, Issue 67: 5-year, 2.75-mill levy renewal.
Council member Don Polyak has offered this
and endorsement of the Road Levy renewal .
Village residents in the Nordonia Hills City School District will also be voting on:
Nordonia Schools Operating Levy, Issue 18: 6-mill continuing levy. Previously:Nov'11 Election Preview
Village Police Chief Joe Varga to Retire Update: Chief Varga rescinded this retirement plan 31 Jan'12.
Boston Heights Chief of Police Joseph Varga has informed the Village
that he will retire, effective 19 April 2012, according to
Scott Foss, Chair of Council's Safety 1 Committee.
Chief Varga had previously announced his retirement for June 2009,
but rescinded that decision in the wake of Officer Dean's death.
Mr. Foss stated that the Safety 1 Committee will begin discussions
on filling the Chief's position. According to
Village Code CO137.01
the Chief is appointed by the Mayor with the confirmation of Council. There is
expressly no residency requirement for this position.
(28 Oct'11) Previously:
Village Police Chief Joe Varga Rescinds Resignation (2009)
Interim Village Engineer appointed
Mayor Goncy has appointed
of Krock Esser Engineering Inc.,
as the interim Village Engineer. Mr. Krock is currently also the
part-time engineer for the Village of Reminderville. He will fill
out the rest of the 2011 term, due to the recent resignation of Victoria
McCauley. Village Council, the Mayor and Clerk-Treasurer will solicit
area engineers for interest in the 2012 term.
State Route 8 Upgrade Project Complete
At the October Council meeting, Mayor Goncy announced he had received a communiqué from
the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) confirming that the multi-year project
to upgrade Route 8 through Boston Heights is officially complete, as of 12 Oct'11.
Village Craft Show by Fairview Cemetery Association:
Fri, 11 Nov'11 4-8PM & Sat, 12 Nov'11 9AM-2PM (12 Oct'11)
Village Council agenda for the 12 October 2011 regular meeting Update: Council passed new regulations for any future "entertainment device arcades"
(aka Internet/sweepstakes parlors); committed to 5 new police cruisers for 2012; will advertise
for new Village Engineer, as Victoria McCauley announced her resignation. Mayor Goncy announced
that ODOT had declare the Route 8 project complete.
Village Council agenda for the 14 September 2011 regular meeting Update: Raymond Heatwall was promoted and sworn in as Lieutenant of the Boston Heights
Police Department. Kevin Skerl, ecologist for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, explained
the status of the Krejci Dump cleanup project; it nears completion, and no contamination appears
to have spread outside the dump. (14 Sep'11)
November 2011 Election Preview(20 Sep'11) Running for Mayor::
Bill Goncy (Olde Eight Rd) (incumbent)
Janet L. Miller (Ianwood Cir) (now Council President)
Running for 2 Council seats::
Ronald Antal (Meghan's Lane) [Write-In]
Glen R. Blakeney, Sr. (Sholle Dr)
James D. Hudson (Olde Eight Rd)
Issue: Road Levy 2.75mil renewal, maintenance
Issue: Fire Levy, 0.75mil renewal, operations
In addition, Hudson, Woodridge and Nordonia school districts all have Board of Education
races, and Woodridge and Nordonia are expected to have levy issues as well.
Natural Gas rate of $5.749/Mcf available to Village residents
Mayor Goncy reports that he has arranged for Direct Energy Services LLC to make available to residents
of Boston Heights the same natural gas rate offered to Hudson residents. That rate is $5.749/Mcf
($5.649/Mcf for eligible seniors), from Dec'11 thru Jun'12 billings. To take this contract rate:
• Call Direct Energy’s Customer Care Center at 1-866-803-4618.
• Have your Dominion East Ohio bill available, as you will need your account number to enroll.
• Tell the Direct Energy representative that you would like to enroll in the
Direct Choice Program for the Village of Boston Heights, at the Hudson contract rates.
Details on the offer are given in this flyer(09 Sep'11)
Village Council agenda for the 23 August 2011 special meeting
Council will decide whether to permit the Mayor to work with ODOT to repair the embankment
landslide along Route 303, using Federal emergency funding. (19 Aug'11) Update: After a bit of debate over the Village's possible financial exposure to project
time/cost overruns, Council voted to authorize the Mayor to contract with ODOT to make the
embankment repair. If completed by 16 Nov (as is projected), the entire project should be paid
for with Federal funding. (24 Aug'11)
Krejci Dump Cleanup Winding Up
Mayor Bill Goncy reports his discussion with the onsite cleanup representative for the Krejci Dump down
W. Hines Hill Road from the Village, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park:
All grids on the project are now clean and the area for truck loading should be cleaned up within a
week. Rough grading of the entire site is proposed to be completed this Fall with remaining dirt movement on
site. Spring will finish planting of all the area and can be coordinated with the Village's repair
of Hines Hill Road. The Mayor also mentioned, at the last Council Meeting, that he had asked for
updated results from ongoing contamination testing along the roadways (Ed. Note: none of which has so far
shown any contamination due to the cleanup trucking.)
(12 Aug'11) Previously:Krejci Dump Cleanup, Trucking Continues (Jul'11)
Village Council agenda for the 10 August 2011 regular meeting Update: Village Council voted (with Mr. Foss dissenting) to use $100,000 of the Village's
contingency reserve fund to add another garage/equipment bay to the Fire Station. The Fire Levy
capital funding was sufficient only to expand and improve the offices, bathrooms and meeting
areas, for just under $300,000. The total budget for the additions and improvements
to the Fire Station is now $407,850. The project is expected to begin shortly once contracts
are in place. (10 Aug'11)
Boston Heights Woodridge voters to see school levy request
Voters in the Woodridge school district will see a 5.88 mil, 10 year, emergency operating
levy on the 8 November 2011 ballot. The levy is to raise $2.85M/year for the district. WSL: Woodridge board moves 5.88-mill levy to ballot (4 Aug'11)
Boston Heights Local Election Results(2 Aug'11) Levy:
Issue 1: Nordonia Schools 6.91mil new, 5yr, operations FAIL: 56% NO to 44% YES
Nordonia Schools voters to decide school levy request
A special election on Tue, 2 Aug 2011 will decide the latest levy request for
Nordonia Hills City Schools. In Boston Heights, only voters residing within that school district
will have anything on this ballot. (14 Jul'11)
Issue 1: NORDONIA HILLS CSD -
"Shall a levy be imposed by the Nordonia Hills City School District
for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district
in the sum of $7,000,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation
estimated by the county fiscal officer to average 6.91 mills for each one dollar of valuation,
which amounts to 69.1 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing
in 2011, first due in calendar year 2012?"
Krejci Dump Cleanup, Trucking Continues
In a July 2011 update
on the Krejci Dump cleanup project, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park reports that
the contractor expects to be moving into the final phase of testing and removing
contaminated soil. The contractor has been removing additional soil since 2009, when
lingering contamination was found beyond the original cleanup. It appears that
truck traffic on Hines Hill Road may continue for a while
yet, depending on the results of soil testing in the last remediation zones. The best case
seems to be a windup of the project in Spring 2012, including revegetation.
(12 Jul'11) History:
The Krejci Dump "Superfund" toxic waste cleanup project began in Fall 2005 (see
letter) and was intended to run about 3 years. Citizen concerns along Hines Hill Road
sparked a objections and
calls for alternative routing.
At a public meeting in Boston Heights,
the project management explained their precautions, and agreed to several restrictions on truck
traffic, and to conduct contamination testing along W. Hines Hill Road. This was conducted before
and after the initial major hauling phase, with
no significant contamination found.
After the initial excavation concluded in 2008, residual contamination was detected in some
areas of the dump site; soil removal recommenced in 2009 and has continued to date.
Previously:Boston dump site still contaminated (Oct'09)
What's that new Turnpike bridge??
Several people have asked us about what seems to be a new bridge going up over the Turnpike between
Olde Eight Road and the Bike-and-Hike Trail bridges. The answer is that it's a new overhead
right-of-way for a large-diameter gas pipeline that already passes north-south through the Village.
The line has been under refurbishment for the past several years. Mayor Goncy explains: "Replacement of that transmission pipeline is being done in phases.
In this phase, the line is being rerouted overhead across the Ohio Turnpike as per that
agreement and all jurisdiction is with the Turnpike Commission in coordination with the
third lane widening on the Turnpike."(5 Jul'11)
Village Council agenda for the 30 June 2011 special meeting
Council will decide whether to certify a renewal of the 0.75 mil operating levy for the Fire Department, which was instituted
a couple of years back to provide for training and expanded services. Update: Not enough Council members attended the special meeting for any action to be taken;
the measure received a second reading and will presumably be considered at Council's next regular meeting. (1 Jul'11)
ABJ: " Boston Township prepares to celebrate its bicentennial"(15 Jun'11)
Boston Heights shares many years of history with the township, as the Village was created
from a corner of Boston Township in the 1920s. Fairview Cemetery
was actually still owned by the Township until just a few years ago when it was finally
transfered to the Village.
Cleveland water rates to climb
Boston Heights residents and businesses served by Cleveland Water will see a sharp
increase in rates over the next four years. NL: "Water rates to increase by two-thirds"(1 Jun'11)
Council Committees recommend levy renewals
The Village Council's Road Committee met on Thu, 26 May'11 to consider
renewal or replacement of the Village's longstanding Road Levy. After a lengthy
discussion on the road repair needs of the village, and of fiscal issues, the committee
voted to recommend a renewal of the existing Road Levy, at the current term and rates.
This 5-year levy was last passed in November 2006 at
a replacement rate of 2.75 mills. The current effective (residential) millage is
Subsequently, the Council's Safety 2 Fire Committee discussed the goals and results
of the Village's relatively new Fire Department Operating Levy. This was
in November 2009, at a rate of 0.75 mill for three years. After some confusion
as to whether the levy was actually due to expire, the committee voted to
recommend a renewal of this levy as well, at the current term and rates.
(There is a separate and long-standing levy
for Fire Department equipment and maintenance, currently at 0.5 mill.)
Village Council will later vote whether to put these recommended renewals on the
ballot of the November general election. (26 May'11)
Planning/Zoning agenda set for 1 June '11 meeting Update:The Planning Commission approved a parcel split at the under-construction
Paychex/Geis/Hemingway building on E. Hines Hill Road, but emphasized their previous finding
that the old Range building could not be occupied unless brought into compliance with
zoning setbacks and permitted uses. Otherwise it must be razed before occupancy of the Paychex
building. (2 Jun'11)
Liberty Harley-Davidson, The Range, & Brewsters all close
Liberty Harley-Davidson on E. Hines Hill Road has
closed so that the owner can consolidate his two locations, as explained by Mr. Passeos
on the Liberty Harley-Davidson website. He also
cited business disruptions due to the Route 8 construction project.
The Range driving range, and its onsite tavern Brewsters at the Range (formerly Arabica Coffee)
both closed recently as well.
According to a posting at the site, that closure was due to the
office project that the property owner has
begun on the same E. Hines Hill parcel. (15 Apr'11)
Village Council selects new Solicitor
After a lengthy executive session at its April meeting, Council selected a new
Solicitor to replace Constance Hesske. Pending a final contract, on 1 May 2011
attorney Marshal Pitchford
will become Solicitor through January 2012.
Mr. Pitchford is a partner at the Roetzel & Andress law firm.
(13 Apr'11) Previously:Council looks for new Solicitor.
Council considers change from Clerk-Treasurer to Fiscal Officer
A public meeting was held at the Village Hall on Wed, 16 Mar'11 at 7PM to discuss
a proposal to convert the elected office of Clerk-Treasurer to an appointed Fisal Officer.
Mayor Goncy introduced the history of the office and the overall concept of the proposed
change, and the members of Council offered the result of their inquiries among other
villages in the area. The opinions of the mayors of villages
with Fiscal Officers were all in favor of the appointed position, citing a
broader base of talent and better accountability.
The complete meeting can be
heard here: VBH Public Meeting re Fiscal Officer 3/16/2011 Previously:
Council met in a work session on Wed, 3 Mar'11 at 7:30pm, and held a related
public meeting on Wed, 16 Mar'11 at 7:00, to discuss the concept of a Fiscal Officer.
Council member Ron Fenn introduced a proposal to convert the elected office of Clerk-Treasurer
(long held by resident Carol Zeman) to an employed position of Fiscal Officer.
The State of Ohio introduced this option for villages in 2002, per ORC 733.262.
The Village of Peninsula made this same change last year.
This change must be carried out at least 120 days before the next general election for the office,
which is November 2011, so that it takes effect upon the end of the current term.
A Fiscal Officer is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council, as with most Village
appointments (but not all). Presumably this arrangement helps ensure that village fiscal matters
are handled by a competent and a properly trained manager who is responsible to the Mayor and Council.
It also allows the village to look outside its borders for this talent, if necessary. On the
other hand, it removes this office from the hands of the voters in direct election. (25 Feb'11)
Village Council agenda for the 9 March 2011 regular meeting Update: At the 9 Mar'11 Council meeting, the Village Council approved the
final tax abatement agreement that is anticipated to bring the 140-job PayChex facility to
Hines Hill Road. Council also approved the compensation agreement that pledges the
Village to pay the Hudson Schools for all property taxes foregone from this project.
Hudson Schools BOE approves abatement, pending compensation agreement HHT: Company could bring 140 jobs to Boston Heights(6 Mar'11) Ed. Note: An interesting discrepency: the schools' treasurer is quoted as estimating
a property tax loss to the schools of $65,000 whereas the developer (and so, the Village)
has estimated that loss at, initially, $46,000 per year. This point will, presumably, be settled
in the formal alternative compensation agreement between the Village and the Hudson Schools. Update: At the 9 Mar'11 Council meeting, Councilor Don Polyak reported that the
schools' treasurer had been referring to the total school property taxes, not the taxes to be
abated as was stated in the article. This sort of tax abatement applies to the improvements
to the property, not the land itself, which continues to be taxed normally.(9 Mar'11)
Village advertises for new Solicitor
As directed at the last Council meeting, the Village is advertising for a new
Solicitor (legal officer). The current Solicitor Constance Hesske is leaving the
office as of 1 May 2011. The ads state:
The Village of Boston Heights seeks to employ a Village Solicitor
for the calendar year of 2011. All job requirements can be viewed
in the Ohio Revised Code under Section 705.11,
but are not limited
to this section. Any resumes may be sent to the Village of Boston Heights
town hall at the following address:
Vlg of Boston Heights 45 E. Boston Mills Rd. Boston Hts., OH 44236
Resumes may be e-mailed to the Clerk-Treasurer at czeman @ windstream.net
Resumes need to be received by 4:00 pm on March 7, 2011.
Carol Zeman Clerk-Treasurer
(25 Feb'11) Previously: At its 9 Feb'11 meeting, Council accepted the Solicitor's
90-day notice, and will advertise for qualifications from lawyers interested
in the Village Solicitor post.
Village Council agenda for the Special Meeting of 16 Feb'11, 6PM
Approving the presentation of a proposed tax abatement agreement to Hudson Schools.
(15 Feb'11) Update: Council reviewed the proposed 100%/10 year tax abatement proposal for an office
building on Hines Hill Road, and (with a few corrections) agreed to have it presented to
the Hudson School Board for their review.
Planning Commission approves plan for office building at The Range
At its February meeting, the PC approved the site plan for the first major development
project in the Village after the near-completion of Route 8. Geis Cos. is proposing
a 25,000 sq.ft. building at The Range, as an office for a company employing about 150 people.
(This is likely to close the driving range, due to encroachment on its building and parking.)
Approval is subject to the review of the Village Engineer, and some minor changes. The
developer is, however, also seeking a CRA property tax abatement from the Village; completion
of the project is said to hinge on the outcome of that effort.
Village Council agenda for the Special Meeting of 31 Jan'11, 5PM
"For the purpose of resolving issues regarding the Village Solicitor" Update: Council, plus the Mayor in a tie-breaking vote, continued the Solicitor's
2011 contract, with the understanding that she will immediately tender her 90-day notice.
At last report, this notice has been sent to the Mayor. Presumably the Council will now begin
a concerted search for a new legal officer.
Daniel Henderson, longtime Village resident
Daniel Henderson, a resident and vocal citizen of Boston Heights since 1958, passed away
on Tuesday, 16 November 2010. Arrangements here.
Branch & Leaves Pickup
Call the Village Hall 330-650-4111 to ask for Fall branch & leaves pickup,
as the Road Department's schedule permits. (10 Nov'10)
Route 8 project nears roadway completion Update: As ODOT predicted, the local ramps and bridges at Route 8 all opened on Friday,
12 November 2010. This returns local east-west access to
Boston Mills Road, as well as access from northbound Route 8 and from the new frontage road.
Final steps of the project -- berms, landscaping, etc. -- will continue through next spring.
(13 Nov'10) HHT: "Roads open as Route 8 work winds down(3 Nov'10)
Both the main northbound and southbound
lanes of Route 8 were re-opened Friday, 22 October 2010.
The "frontage road" has become a regular two-way access road, but for the time being
it will only handle traffic between Hines Hill Road and the local Ohio Turnpike exit/entrance.
The ramp from Hines Hill Road to state Route 8 northbound is now open.
The Boston Mills Road bridge over Route 8 will remain closed while work continues on the
Turnpike exit and entrance ramps. According to ODOT, these will all be open by the middle of November.
HHT: Former owner of Hudson business indicted on tax charges
Scott Carter, formerly of Boston Heights, was arrested and indicted in federal court
for tax violations in conjunction with his company Advance Health Systems, which
was formerly located on Hines Hill Road in Boston Heights. (2 Nov'10)
Boston Heights Local Election Results(3 Nov'10) Levies:
Village of Boston Heights seeks part-time office help
"The Village of Boston Heights seeks to employ two (2) part time Clerks to assist the
full-time Village Clerk/Clerk of Courts and the Village Clerk- Treasurer. Both positions
require intermediate computer skills with knowledge of Excel and Word preferred and the ability
to adapt to various job specific software. An application can be acquired at the
Village of Boston Heights town hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
or you may call 330-650-4111 (Akron) or 330-656-2575 (Cleve)
to have an application e-mailed or faxed to you." (27 Oct'10)
Summit County offers help for septic systems, hookups
The county has received Federal funding to assist some homeowners with
failing septic systems, including hookups to available sanitary sewer lines.
Further information is here.
County Health Department offers Flu Shots
The Summit County Health Department is offering this winter's flu vaccine at various locations
in the area. Here is general information on the flu and the County program,
and here is the Flu Vaccine Clinic Schedule
A clinic will be held at the Peninsula Library from 3-5pm on Monday, 18 October 2010 and at the Hudson
Community Chapel from 4-6pm on Tuesday, 26 October 2010.
From ODOT: Hines Hill Road to close at Route 8
"Beginning Wednesday, September 8th, Hines Hill Rd. at SR 8 will be closed except for
motorists accessing SR 8 northbound from the east side of Hines Hill Rd.
This closure is anticipated to be in place through late September. Access
to local residents and businesses will be maintained.
The following detours will be used:
• To access the west side of Hines Hill Rd. use Highland Rd. to Olde
8 Rd. to Hines Hill Rd.
• Motorists on SR 8 southbound wanting to access the east side of
Hines Hill Rd. will be detoured Highland Rd. to SR 91 to Hines Hill Rd. or
SR 8 southbound to Seasons Rd. to SR 8 northbound to Hines Hill Rd.
As a reminder, SR 8 from Hines Hill Rd. to SR 303 may have occasional lane
restrictions in either or both directions during non rush hour times for
roadway work." Hines Hill to close starting Sept. 8(31 Aug'10) ODOT bans left turns from Route 8 north to Hines Hill(1 Sep'10)
PC/BZA application leadtime increased
At their meetings on 7 July 2010, both the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals voted to change
the timetable for applications to those bodies. In order to be considered at the next PC/BZA
meetings, applications must be received by the Village Hall office 20 days in advance of that meeting, by
3:30PM. (Previously the deadline was 15 days in advance.)
As always, applications must have complete and accurate information, dimensional drawings and additional documents
in the required number of copies, and contain all required names and signatures. Please consult the Zoning Inspector
to resolve any questions in advance of the deadline, before submitting an application.
Council selects Ron Fenn for open seat
At a Special Council Meeting on Thursday evening, 8 April 2010, the Village Council
selected long-time resident Ronald Fenn to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Ray McFall.
Mr. Fenn and Mr. James Mizanin both responded to Council's call for letters of interest,
and this evening each made a short presentation and answered a few questions posed by the
present members of Council. After a private "executive session" to discuss the
appointment, Council selected Mr. Fenn on a 3-1 vote. (Councilor Blakeney was required
to abstain from the process, as she is related to Mr. Fenn.)
He was immediately sworn into the office by Mayor Bill Goncy.
(8 Apr'10) Village Council agenda for the 8 April 2010 7:30PM special meeting
Council solicits applications for McFall seat vacancy
The Village Council is posting
this notice in several upcoming editions of the Hudson Hub-Times and News Leader newspapers, soliciting
expressions of interest in the Council seat left vacant by Ray McFall's recent death. Residents' applications
are requested to be at the Village Hall by 4PM on Monday, 5 April 2009.
Council expects to hold additional
public work sessions on Tuesday, 6 April and Thursday, 8 April in order to interview prospective candidates.
A Special Council Meeting will be held later on the evening of 8 April to elect a replacement member to Council
for the term ending 31 December 2013. This meeting is expected to include a non-public executive session as permitted
by the Ohio Sunshine Law -- but the final election will be made in the public meeting.
Qualifications and disqualifications for Village Council are defined by the
Ohio Revised Code ORC 731.12. Beyond that,
current Council members may elect a candidate based on their own judgement within 30 days of the
vacation of the seat, per ORC 731.43.
Council's posting of notice and solicitation of applications, in this case, is over and above any legal requirements.
This process was hashed out during work sessions on 17-18 March 2010.
Village arranges discounted electric service
As explained in a pair of public meetings in early March, the Village has contracted to
obtain a discount on regular electric service. Residents will generally see a 6% discount from the
"generation and transmission" portion of their electric bill; small businesses, 4%. All
affected Ohio Edison customers will receive a notice of automatic enrollment, along with an explanation of
how to "opt out" if they prefer not to participate.. Read: the Village of Boston Heights Electric Power Aggregation Plan (11 Mar'10)
Residential trash pickup service fees to rise From Mayor Goncy at the August Council meeting:
Due to an increase in the state tax on landfill use, J&J Refuse Inc. will
pass along a small increase to the residential service fee on future billings -- about $0.19 per month.
Village Settles Lawsuit by Contractor, Must Pay $68K
The Village of Boston Heights recently settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by a contractor who was retained
to rebuild a drainage ditch between private properties along Chittenden Road. The Village agreed to pay the original
contract price and a variety of additional charged, amounting to over $68,000.
Here is the "Stipulated Agreement"
settling Case # CV 2008107055;
payment must be made by late July to avoid back interest charges.
Update on Gas/Oil Odor Council Meeting Update: Mayor Goncy recapped the situation and attempts to remediate the oil/gas odor that has
intermittently blanketed parts of Boston Heights and Hudson for the past several weeks. The tank operators' next
step is to remove the offending oil to another location and re-neutralize the storage portion of the tank.
(10 Jun'09) ABJ: "Ohio EPA works on stench; Agency using chemical mask to cover sulfurous smell in Boston Heights"(6 Jun'09) Brief update on the odor problem in Boston Heights
from Councilman Mike Cheung (3 Jun'09) Foul Odor Identified
A strong and pervasive odor of gas or oil blanketed parts of Boston Heights and Hudson
late Thursday night, and Friday (and occasionally since then). Contrary to a
report in Saturday's Akron Beacon Journal,
the source of the odor was Dyna Guard (Hines Hill Road), not UltraSpec as originally thought. ABJ: "Ohio EPA pinpoints foul odor in Summit"(27 May'09) NN5: "Strong Gas Odor Wafts Through Local City"(22 May'09)
Permitted Construction Hours
Early-morning pile driving in the Route 8 construction zone has led to questions about
the permitted hours for such noisy activity. Boston Heights
Codified Ordinances 901.10 "Hours of Construction" sets those hours at
or 6AM through 8PM during Eastern Daylight Savings Time. (22 May'09)
Village Police Chief Joe Varga Rescinds Resignation
In a letter to Mayor Goncy, Boston Heights Chief of Police Joseph Varga has rescinded
his earlier resignation, delaying his retirement previously planned for June 2009.
(12 Mar'09) Village Police Chief Joe Varga to Retire(12 Mar'09)
"Hudson Holiday Inn" changes to Clarion Inn
As mentioned in recent Council Finance meetings, the Holiday Inn hotel at Hines Hill and Route 8
is changing to a Clarion Inn.
Sign work appears to have begun late last week.
Twinsburg Road Reopens!
Twinsburg Road, now passing under the new Route 8 bridge, has reopened a year earlier than originally planned.
It is once again possible to drive between Olde 8 and Walters & Valley View Roads. (3 Nov'08)
Village Council agenda of the 30 July special meeting(25 Jul'08) A resolution accepting the bid ... for the construction of an addition to the existing fire station Update: As a result of stale bids and a lack of consensus among the Council members, this matter has been tabled
indefinitely, with an expectation that a fresh look will be taken at Fire Department requirements. (31 Jul'08)
Village Resident sues Village over Golf Course Settlement Agreement
On 9 May 2008, Mr. Edward R. Kuchar Sr., a resident of Boston Heights, filed suit against the Village.
The suit complains, broadly stated, that the Village agreement to settle the zoning lawsuit over the
Boston Heights Country Club was carried out improperly, therefore could not immediately be carried into effect,
and was entered into in bad faith in the first place. Among other measures, the suit asks that the Village
be enjoined from carrying out the terms of the "Agreed Judgement Entry" settlement, and that
any zoning change to the property be carried out under the requirements of the normal zoning procedures.
(Please see the Summit County Clerk of Courts website for further documentation on this motion
regarding Civil Case CV-2008-05-3633.)
More on the BHCC zoning lawsuit settlement agreement...
Special Council meeting re-adopts the BHCC lawsuit settlement agreement
Village Council held a Special Meeting at 9:30pm Sunday 11 May 2008
to revisit its acceptance of the agreement to settle the zoning lawsuit over the former Boston Hills
Country Club. Mayor Goncy, Clerk-Treasurer Zeman, and Councilors Cheung, Lightner, Foss, Hudson and Miller all attended.
Councilor Slane was absent. All 5 present of the 6 elected Council members once again voted to re-accept the lawsuit
settlement agreement (after fixing a few typos in the enabling resolution). When asked, after adjournment, about
the reason for re-visiting this matter (adopted also on 11 April), Solicitor Mike Cassetty would only say that it was to
"clarify" some matters.
A brief glance suggests that
remains the same,
but the form of the accepting resolution,
Resolution O-2008, now Res 15-2008, had been modified
to detail the reasons for it being handled as an emergency measure per
ORC 731.30. It is possible that this is in response to
the complaint made by a village resident in his
motion to intervene
in the case.
(Please see the Summit County Clerk of Courts website for further documentation on this motion
regarding Civil Case CV-2007-07-4696.)
More on the BHCC zoning lawsuit settlement agreement...
Lightner returned to Village Council(3 Jan'08)
At the Special Meeting of 2 January, Council voted to appoint Kevin Lightner to the seat vacated by
now-Mayor Bill Goncy. Mr. Lighter had previously been appointed to fill out the term of
Paul Palumbo, which ended with 2007. He was the runner-up in the recent Council election.
Long-time councilor Mike Cheung was elected Council President (pro tempore). This was the first
Village Council meeting for newly-elected councilor Scott Foss.
New and old officials to take office ABJ: "Officials take oaths - ex-mayor honored"(15 Dec'07)
New councilor Scott Foss, and re-elected Janet Miller take their oaths, along with newly-elected
Mayor Bill Goncy and re-elected Clerk-Treasurer Carol Zeman. Long-time Mayor Ray McFall is honored by the County and by Village Council.
Boston Heights Marathon closes -- for now ABJ: "Road project closes gas station"(2 Dec'07) "Route 8 Marathon outlet with auto repair to be razed, may reopen in new site"
It was reported at the November Council Finance Committee meeting that Boston Heights Marathon would be closing
after Fri 30 Nov 2007, to make way for the upcoming Route 8 upgrade project. It is also reported that the business
will be seeking a new location in town. However, to date, no application has been
made to the Planning Commission for operation at a new site.(28 Nov'07)
Boston Heights Fire Dep't limits participation in fire study group
Fire Chief James Robinson: "Funding is a problem".
(This matter was discussed at the November Council Finance Committee meeting, without resolution.) Update: Council has since authorized a limited budget to pay fire department personnel to attend
the fire study group's subcommittee meetings. NL: "Communities moving closer toward fire/EMS consolidation"(28 Nov) Previously...
Village General Election Results:(7 Nov)
Issue 51: FAILED (overturned) -- Issue 52: FAILED (overturned)
Mayor: Bill M. Goncy -- Clerk-Treasurer: Carol Zeman
Council: Scott Foss & Janet Miller More Election Results and Details.
Council Meeting News(26 Sep)
Council accepts bids for repaving, road repairs, at special Council meeting on 25 September.
Carron Paving to resurface E. Boston Mills (Rt.8 to Olde 8)
at $75,278, and perform extensive road repairs elsewhere in the Village at $123,880.00.
Specialized Construction Inc. to perform crack sealing throughout the Village at $24,580. Work on Wolcott Drive
will be delayed until Spring 2008. UPDATE: Repairs and sealing to be completed by Thanksgiving, say Village Engineer(10 Oct) ABJ: "Village Donates $250 To Development Study"(22 Sep)
Team NEO Foundation will study the feasibility of regional economic development collaboration.
HHT: "Developers file complaint over village residents' referendum"(22 Jun) Village sued over "unconstitutional" zoning of former Boston Hills Country Club
property at Hines Hill & Route 8(15 Jul)
In a lawsuit filed against the Village of Boston Heights on 3 July 2007, the State of Ohio ex rel.
Boston Heights Property Investment LLC, the plaintiff, ask for declararatory judgement as follows:
that Residential zoning is unconstitutionally applied, that the retail building limit of 50,000 sq.ft.
is unconstitutionally applied, and that the suspension of the rezoning and size limit changes, due to the
pending November referendums, is unconstitutionally applied. The suit claims a right to
compensation from the Village in an amount exceeding $10 million, and demands
declaratory judgements on these claims and a determination of
"just compensation" for the Village's "taking" of this property.
Court of Common Pleas civil case # CV-2007-07-4696
The complaint document can also
also be read here.
Planning Commission recommends retail zoning for golf course.(6 Dec)
65 acres of former Boston Hills CC along Route 8 to be Retail Business.
New Conservation Development Residential zoning plan recommended, which is likely to be applied to the
remaining 100A of the former golf course.
Public meetings to follow in January & February, then Council action. Details to follow...
Village Council appoints Kevin Lightner to vacant Council seat.(8 Nov'06) Previously:
Village Council accepts resignation of member Paul Palumbo; replacement to be named by 10 November 2006. (11 Oct'06)
Issue 55 Village Road Levy passes, 61% to 39% (8 Nov'06)
Village Pool Open Late May to September
Pool hours are 12Noon-8PM.
The Village's swimming pool is at Matthews-Thomas Park, 6737 Olde Eight Road.
Click here to get the 2017 Village Pool information: fees & application
— fill out and return with fees to Boston Heights Village Hall during business hours.
Again this year: daily pool passes are available for $5 per person (or guest) from the Boston Heights Village Hall during business hours.
Matthews-Thomas Park & Village Events Father's Day Pancake Breakfast at the Park
A pancake breakfast will be hosted at Matthews-Thomas Park pavilion on Father's Day:
Sunday, 18 June 2017, 10AM-1PM.
The Village Park Board generally meets at about 5:30PM on the third Monday of each month, at the Village Hall.
More on: Matthews-Thomas Park & Pool.
Find 'M-T Park' on the map -- 6737 Olde Eight Rd.
Starting on Friday, 18 July 2014, Boston Heights residents can now recycle clothing, any other textiles, and small household goods
at the curbside. This includes worn or torn clothing, shoes and textile items.
The Village's contract with Simple Recycling
allows that company to pick up its green recycling
bags on the same day as regular Kimble pickup of household trash and container recycling. The company has sent
information and collection bags to Village residents, and will replace bags when collected. Additional bags may be
obtained by calling 866-835-5068, and may also be available at Village Hall. A list of what should and should
not be placed in the Simple Recycling bags can be found here:
What We Recycle.
Village contracts with Kimble Co. (J&J Refuse Inc.) for exclusive residential trash pickup, recycling
Previously: J&J Refuse Inc. is now going by their parent company's name: Kimble Companies. Also, online bill payment is
now available at their website. (13 Mar'12)
J&J Refuse Inc. will begin handling
all residential trash pickup
in Boston Heights starting on the first Friday in April: 6 April 2007.
You must call 1-800-201-0005 to set up your own service account! Read: The Village's
2007 Trash Hauling Notification Letter.
Local Recycling Facilities Recycle paper & cardboard at the Boston Heights Village Hall
A River Valley Paper Recycling Bin
is located at the Village Hall for recycling a variety of paper products, including clean carboard and
phonebooks, as well as the usual newspaper and office paper. This benefits the Village operations in a small
way. Some of these materials may also be recycled in your residential recycling with J&J Refuse.
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