LAKE TWP.  During the regular meeting April 24, Lake Township Trustees approved a rezoning request for property at Nimishillen Church Street/Lee Knoll Street NE to go from light industrial to split light industrial and residential. 

Trustees followed the recommendation of the Stark County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) and approved the rezoning request made by Schumacher Lumber. The property is used for agricultural and the proposed use is to build eight single-family residential homes.

A public hearing was held before the regular trustees meeting. Residents living in the Hunting Hills No. 1 subdivision and surrounding areas filled the meeting room to voice their objections to the rezoning.

Residents voiced concerns over excessive demands on water and sewage systems and local roadways. The area homes use well and septic systems.

They were also concerned with roadways because some of the roads have not been completely paved since 1998. Drainage was another issue with residents, who stated that many of the culverts in the area weren’t functional and the ditches are filled with soil and debris which causes limited water drainage.

They were also concerned with the types of homes being built on the land because the eight proposed lots will be sold to private individuals using their own builders versus having a Planned Residential District.

Both Trustees Galen Stoll and Ellis Erb (Trustee John Arnold was absent) said that the property owner will have to work with the RPC to address all of those issues and more. The owner will also have to work with the Stark County Health Department for safe water and sewer usage.

Stoll said, “Our vote to approve the rezoning isn’t based on the increased tax base, it’s based on the best use of the land because we feel this is the best use for that property.”

OTHER ACTIONS: 

- Authorized paying bills as of April 24, in the amount of $65,744.

- Approved the purchase of lights and accessories at a cost of $4,668 from Hall Public Safety for the 2017 Ford Explorer SUV purchased earlier in the month.

- Approved the purchase of lights and accessories at a cost of $11,421 from Hall Public Safety for the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe purchased earlier in the month.

- Scheduled the spring cleanup dates for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 7-9 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10. Families are limited to 12 tires per household and hazardous waste isn’t allowed.

- Authorized the sale of 2009 Ford Crown Victoria as is for $3,400 to Marlboro Township.

- Authorized selling a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and 2006 PT Cruiser through sealed bids. Persons interested in bidding can submit their sealed bid through 4 p.m. on May 22. The bids will be opened at the regular meeting on May 22. The trustees can refuse the bids and reopen it for sealed bidding. The highest bid for each will be considered. Both vehicles will be on display for public inspection at the Township Hall Monday through Friday, May 1 through May 19. If bidding on both vehicles, send bids in separate envelopes to Lake Township Administrative Office, 12360 Market Avenue, N. Call 330-877-9479 or 330-699-6444 for complete details.

UP NEXT: The next Board meeting is 6:30 p.m., May 8 at the Township Hall.