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New!  Village Council notice/agenda for 22 April 2014 special meeting PDF (First Posted: 15 Apr'14)
Village Council will hold a Special Meeting at 6:30PM Tuesday 22 Apr'14, at the Village Hall, just before the regular Finance Committee meeting. This is to consider ordinances authorizing notes (loans) in anticipation of the Village issuing bonds in the amount of $1.245M. (15 Apr'14)
New!  Valley Firefighters Association to hold Pancake Breakfast: 4 May'14
The association for Valley Fire District (which handles the Village's fire/EMS services) is holding a pancake breakfast at their home station, Valley Fire Station, 5287 Dogwood Drive just off State Route 303 towards Peninsula: Sunday, 4 May 2014, 8AM-1PM. (10 Apr'14)
Click here for the full-info poster.
New!  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 PDF. 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. (10 Apr'14)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 8 April 2014 regular meeting PDF (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. (16 Apr'14)


Do you have an issue you wish to discuss with your Village Council members? Boston Heights Officials List - 2014 PDF (1 Apr'14)
New!  WSL: Woodridge renewal levy on May ballot (3 Apr'14)
Boston Heights voters in the Woodridge School District will see a 10.87 mill levy renewal on the ballot of the Primary Election on 6 May'14. The levy covers nearly 1/4 of the district's operating funds and is proposed for a 10-year renewal instead of the previous 5-year term.

Previously:
Woodridge Schools voters to see renewal levy on May ballot (Feb'14)
New!  Planning/Zoning agenda for 2 April 2014 meeting
New!  Summit County Public Health 2013 info for Boston Heights PDF (24 Mar'14)
New!  Fairview Cemetery Association's Easter egg hunt April 12
The annual Fairview Cemetery Association's Easter egg hunt for Boston Heights will be Saturday, 12 April'14 12 Noon - 1:30PM at the Village's Matthews-Thomas Park, 6737 Olde Eight Road.
Please consider bringing toiletries and/or canned food for a collection box to help sustain the Emergency Assistance Center.
In case of inclement weather, egg hunt and festivities will be moved to the Boston Heights Fire Station, 15 E. Boston Mills Road. (19 Mar'14)
New!  ABJ: ODOT nixes idea of turning Route 8 into interstate (20 Mar'14)
NL: ODOT rejects I-380 proposal (19 Mar'14)
Previously: AMATS proposes redesignating Route 8 as I-380 (Jan'14)
New!  Village Council notice of 25 March 2014 special meeting PDF (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)
New!  ABJ: Benefit to Arhaus relocation: Some Boston Heights homeowners finally will get city water (12 Mar'14)
HHT: Some Boston Heights residents can opt in to Cleveland water (9 Mar'14)

Previously:
Regular Council Meeting, 11 Mar'14
Special Council Meeting, 5 Mar'14
Special Council Meeting, 3 Mar'14
New!  Village Council agenda for the 11 March 2014 regular meeting PDF (First Posted: 10 Mar'14; updated 12 Mar'14)

The "final" agenda is now linked above, with all legislation & exhibits, plus our own notes and commentary on the Council meeting. (12 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 headquarters development.
• 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)

New!  Village Council notice of 5 March 2014 special meeting PDF (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. (6 Mar'14)

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)

New!  Village Council notice of 3 March 2014 special meeting PDF (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. (4 Mar'14)

New!  Planning/Zoning agenda for 5 Mar'14 meeting
New!  HHT: Boston Heights gas well explosion in January ruled accidental (26 Feb'14)

Previously:
Gas Well Explosion at Hines Hill & Olde Eight Rd (Jan'14)
New!  Council Road Committee, February 2014
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 17 Feb'14 PDF (19 Feb'14)
New!  Hudson Life Magazine: Arhaus, village officials detail plans for $35 million Boston Heights headquarters PDF (27 Jan'14)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 11 February 2014 regular meeting PDF (First Posted: 13 Feb'14; updated 5 Mar'14)

The updated agenda, linked above, now includes all February legislation, along with our own notes and commentary on the Council meeting. (5 Mar'14)

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. PDF
• 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 winter months.
• Council and Village officials addressed further questions about the Arhaus project, including an inquiry about the greenspace buffer areas.

Look! 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 PDF (14 Feb'14)

New!  Woodridge Schools voters to see renewal levy on May ballot
Woodridge Local School District, which includes a southwestern slice of Boston Heights, has placed a renewal levy issue on the May primary ballot. This will be a 10-year 10.87 mill levy, which is a renewal of an existing 5-year, 11.37-mill emergency levy that ends this year. (Note that, unlike municipal levies, school emergency levies can be "renewed" at different rates and terms.) The proposed renewal levy would continue to raise $5.27M per year for the district's general expenditures. (7 Feb'14)
Previously:
WSL: Woodridge forecast shows need for levy renewal next year (17 Oct'13)
CFNP: Woodridge Local School District takes first step toward placing renewal levy on May 2014 ballot (15 Dec'13)
CFNP: Woodridge Local School Board votes to put renewal levy on ballot (19 Jan'14)
New!  Gas Well Explosion at Hines Hill & Olde Eight Rd
Update:
CPD: Cause of Boston Heights gas well explosion remains undetermined (4 Feb'14)

NL: No injuries, gas well explosion destroys cars in Boston Heights (23 Jan'14)
Follow on Twitter: Boston Heights Explosion (23 Jan'14)
New!  Planning/Zoning agenda for 5 Feb'14 meeting
New!  AMATS proposes redesignating Route 8 as I-380
SS: Officials looking at redesignating Route 8 as Interstate 380 (2 Feb'14)
ABJ: Planning agency AMATS says it’s time for state Route 8 to be designated as interstate (12 Jan'14)
The AMATS proposal is here: AMATS: Route 8 Redesignation PDF. (16 Jan'14)
New!  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. (2 Feb'14)
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)
New!  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).

2008/2014 BHCC Site 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)

Village Council notice & agenda of 28 January 2014 special meeting PDF (First Posted: 23 Dec'13; updated 12 Feb'14)


Previously:
Arhaus (Homeworks) to receive Ohio job creation tax credit (Jan'14)
Planning Commission approves Arhaus site plan (Jan'14)
Arhaus to build headquarters in Boston Heights (Dec'14)
New!  Regional Income Tax Agency offers taxpayer assistance
Boston Heights Village Hall passed along this notice of assistance available to Village taxpayers in filling out their 2014 RITA income tax forms. All residents 18 years and over must file a RITA tax return or notice of exemption. (29 Jan'14)
Returns are due 15 April 2014. Information, forms, and electronic filing access may be found here.
New!  Arhaus (Homeworks) to receive Ohio job creation tax credit
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Arhaus Furniture will receive an 800K+ Ohio job creation tax credit, paid over 8 years, for payroll to be added at its planned Boston Heights facility. This is separate from, and in addition to, the property tax abatement that the company is seeking from the Village of Boston Heights.
ABJ: Arhaus furniture retailer receives state tax credit to expand in Boston Heights (27 Jan'14)
CPD: Six business projects in Northeast Ohio expected to create nearly 450 jobs get state development packages (28 Jan'14)
New!  New in town: Sidelines Bar & Grill has opened at the former Tequila Pancho's site on Akron-Cleveland Road in Boston Heights, just south of Route 303. (25 Jan'14)
HHT: New 'Hudson' restaurant, Sidelines Bar and Grill, features local sports teams (22 Jan'14)
Note: Yes, this is in Boston Heights, not Hudson.
New in town: Track First, a racing accessories store, has opened at # E1 in the Boston Commons complex on Chittenden Road. (25 Jan'14)
New!  Council Road Committee, January 2014
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 20 Jan'14 PDF (23 Jan'14)
New!  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. (21 Jan'14)
New!  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 PDF). 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) PDF.

HHT: Hudson City Council could vote on Brandywine Creek watershed plan (15 Jan'14)


Previously:
Brandywine Creek plans flow again... (Jul'13)
New!  Planning/Zoning agenda for 6 Jan'14 meeting
Arhaus Site on BHCC The Planning Commission considered a preliminary site plan for the Arhaus office and distribution center complex proposed for the former Boston Hills Country Club. The property's zoning is governed by a legal settlement, which can be read here PDF. (24 Dec'13)
Update: After review and discussion, the Planning Commission approved the site plan for the proposed Arhaus Furniture development on the former Boston Hills Country Club golf course, subject to a few modifications and contingencies, primarily related to engineering requirements. (7 Jan'14)

There is also a Special Council Meeting scheduled for 28 Jan'14, on the Arhaus development tax abatement.

HHT: Plans approved for future Arhaus Furniture site in Boston Heights (12 Jan'14)

New!  Macedonia disgruntled over EMS contract cancellation, seeks compensation from Boston Heights
NL: Nordonia Hills fire departments bolstered cooperation, equipment, personnel in 2013 (8 Jan'14)
Valley Fire celebrates Boston Heights fire/EMS contract
WSL: Valley Fire District presents awards at Christmas party (9 Jan'14)

Previously:
Valley Fire District Meet-and-Greet (Sep'13)
Peninsula, Boston to benefit from fire district changes (Sep'13)
Boston Heights to close fire department... (Aug'13)
Council approves Fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District (Aug'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 7 January 2014 regular meeting PDF (First Posted: 3 Jan'14; updated 23 Jan'14)

We have now received and posted all of the January legislation. The updated agenda, linked above, also includes our own notes and commentary. (22 Jan'14)

There is also a Special Council Meeting scheduled for 28 Jan'14, on the Arhaus development tax abatement.

 
New!  HHT: Arhaus Furniture looks to build $35 million headquarters in Boston Heights (20 Dec'13)
HHT: Hudson BOE approves tax abatement for proposed agreement with Boston Heights (22 Dec'13)
CPE: Arhaus Furniture to Move 230 Employees to New Corporate HQ in Boston Heights (22 Dec'13)

Previously:
Walton Hills Mayor wants Arhaus Furniture to stay... (Dec'13)
Arhaus Furniture proposes $43M distribution center & HQ in Village (Dec'13)
New!  CPD: Walton Hills Mayor wants Arhaus Furniture to stay in the village instead of moving to Boston Heights (19 Dec'13)

Previously:
Arhaus Furniture proposes $43M distribution center & HQ in Village (Dec'13)
New!  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 PDF
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 PDF.
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 PDF.
Additionally, however, the development is contingent on Village Council authorizing the CRA tax abatement, which will be considered in January. (18 Dec'13)

We have made our own audio recording of this meeting available online: Boston Heights Public Meeting: Arhaus BHCC Development 17 Dec'13 PDF

Furniture Today: Arhaus to build new Cleveland-area headquarters (17 Dec'13)


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 PDF.
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). (17 Dec'13)

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. (13 Dec'13)

That property's development is currently governed by a 2008 lawsuit settlement agreement, largely outside the Village's Zoning Code.
New!  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.

CPD: "Arhaus Furniture building $43 million headquarters in Boston Heights in 2014" (17 Dec'13)

New!  Boston Hills Replat 2013 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)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 11 December 2013 regular meeting PDF (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.

New!  Planning/Zoning agenda set for 4 Dec'13 meeting
The Planning Commission approved a motor sports / racing supply retail store in the Boston Commons complex on Chittenden Road. (5 Dec'13)
New!  Village Council notice of 26 November 2013 special meeting PDF (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. (27 Nov'13)

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. (11 Dec'13)

New!  Council Road Committee, November 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 18 Nov'13 PDF
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. (19 Nov'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 13 November 2013 regular meeting PDF (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)
New!  Boston Heights Election Results (6 Nov'13)
Council: Two new members elected, two re-elected:
  • Janet Miller WIN 25%
  • Don Polyak WIN 23%
  • Ronald Fenn WIN 20%
  • Bob Bartko WIN 17%
  • Dawn Brannan-Blakeney 15%
  • Issue 25: Additional Road Levy, 2.75mil continuing: FAIL 65% to 35%
Source: Summit County Board of Elections tabulation (6 Nov'13)
New!  Planning/Zoning agenda set for 6 Nov'13 meeting
(6 Nov'13)
New!  NL: Cleveland and Akron piano dealerships consolidate to central Boston Heights location (5 Nov'13)
HHT: Steinway & Sons announces Boston Heights showroom (30 Oct'13)

Previously:
The Planning Commission approved a piano retail store on E. Hines Hill Roads (Sep'13)
Steinway Hall in Akron moving to former motorcycle dealership in Boston Heights (Jul'13)
New!  Boston Heights history: Ethel Michek, the Pumpkin Lady
Ethel Michek, the Pumpkin Lady Pumpkin People #1 Pumpkin People #2 Pumpkin People #3 ABJ: ‘Pumpkin Lady’ really put on a display for Halloween (28 Aug'13)
New!  Council Road Committee, October 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 21 Oct'13 PDF
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. (22 Oct'13)

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 PDF (22 Oct'13)
Previously:
Village seeks resident views on water service... (Aug'13)
New!  Village Council notice of 22 October 2013 special meeting PDF (First Posted: 18 Oct'13)
Village Council will hold a short Special Meeting at 6:45PM just before Tuesday's Financial Committee meeting to take care of a routine budgetary matter.
New!  Seniors' Thankgiving Dinner: Sat, 23 Nov'13 1-3PM
Contact the Village Hall 330-650-4111 for reservations. (11 Oct'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 9 October 2013 regular meeting PDF (First Posted: 8 Oct'13, revised: 26 Nov'13)

We have now (25 Nov'13) received all of the October legislation text in response to our public records request made on Tuesday, 8 Oct'13. Lately received were:
Agreement for bookkeeping help from the State Auditor
Richfield police dispatch contract
Note: the Richfield contract may be superceded by a revision adopted by Res-2013-11-65 at a Special Council Meeting on 26 Nov'13.

The agenda 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)

Developments of interest include: a change to the places Village legislation is to be posted; permission for the Police Department to work with certain County squads, and to add a K-9 dog; contract with Richfield for police dispatching; agreement with the State Auditor to resolve some accounting problems in the Village books; sell an old fire engine; donate some old police equipment; account for additional funds to repair Hines Hill Road.

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.

New!  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. (8 Sep'13)

Boston Heights - Hudson Schools Ballot PDF
Boston Heights - Nordonia Schools Ballot PDF
Boston Heights - Woodridge Schools Ballot PDF
New!  Walters Road to close for repairs Sat, 12 Oct'13
Walters Rd Closure 10-12-13 "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 (4 Oct'13)
New!  Planning/Zoning agenda set for 2 Oct'13 meeting
(1 Oct'13)
New!  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. (24 Sep'13)
New!  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.
from: WSL: Boston Trustees... (19 Sep'13)

Previously:
Peninsula, Boston to benefit from fire district changes (Sep'13)
Boston Heights to close fire department... (Aug'13)
Council approves Fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District (Aug'13)
New!  Boston Heights Fall Festival, Flea Market & Craft Show set for Sat, 21 Sep'13
Flea Market & Craft Show, 9AM-1PM, Sat 21 Sep'13 - spaces available
Car Show, 2PM-6PM, Sat 21 Sep'13
Fall Festival, 1PM-7PM, Sat 21 Sep'13:
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.
Boston Heights Fall Festival

New!  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. (13 Sep'13)
New!  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. (12 Sep'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 11 September 2013 regular meeting PDF
There is also a public hearing at 6:45PM on proposed updates to the Subdivision and Platting Code.
(First Posted: 9 Sep'13)

The agenda and text of the legislation for the September 2013 Council meeting is now available, along with our own commentary. (16 Sep'13)
New!  Hines Hill Road rebuild begins Monday, west of Wooded View
Village Engineer Dave Krock reports:
NOTICE
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
(5 Sep'13)

Previously:
West Hines Hill Road rebuild project to begin this fall (Aug'13)
New!  WSL: Peninsula, Boston to benefit from fire district changes (5 Sep'13)

Previously:
Boston Heights to close fire department... (Aug'13)
Council approves Fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District (Aug'13)
New!  WSL: New police chief hired in Peninsula [Joe Varga] (5 Sep'13)
Long-time Boston Heights Chief of Police Joe Varga, who retired last year, has now been appointed Chief of Police for the adjacent Village of Peninsula. That job has been vacant for several years.
Previously: Chief of Police Joe Varga retires (Nov'12)
New!  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. (5 Sep'13)
New!  West Hines Hill Road rebuild project to begin this fall
Engineer's notification of Hines Hill Road project, August 2013 PDF (29 Aug'13)

Previously:
Council member Don Polyak updates residents... (Jul'13)
New!  Village explains Village Hall paving / stormwater project
Read the Press Release & Info Sheet on Boston Heights SWIF Grant project PDF. (29 Aug'13)
Update: The construction of the Village Hall paving project (including stormwater handling) is scheduled to begin 11 September 2013 – weather permitting – according to Fiscal Officer Betty Klingenberg. (6 Sep'13)

Previously:
Village receives grant to pave Village Hall parking lot (Apr'13)
New!  Village seeks resident views on water service in northwest Village neighborhoods
The Village of Boston Heights is once again looking at water service in the northwest quadrant of town. A survey has been mailed to residents around Olde Eight north of the Turnpike to assess financial options, which may include property assessments in addition to any grants that might be available.
Read the Boston Heights survey on water service to northwest neighborhoods PDF. (29 Aug'13)

Previously:
Discussion of water and sewer service in the Village (May'13)
New!  Bike rider shot in Boston Heights, kids arrested
WOIO-19: "Young hooligans shoot bike rider after crime spree" (28 Aug'13)
New!  NL: Boston Heights to close fire department under contract with Valley Fire District (28 Aug'13)
ABJ: Boston Heights ends volunteer fire department, contracts with Valley Fire (28 Aug'13)

Previously:
Council approves Fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District (Aug'13)
New!  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) PDF 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. (23 Aug'13)

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)


Previously:
Mayor Goncy has called a Special Council Meeting on this coming Thurday evening in order to have Council reconsider the question of a fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District, via a new Resolution 2013-8-43. A similar Resolution 2013-8-38 failed to pass at the 14 Aug'13 regular Council meeting.
Resolution 2013-8-33 was added later to this meeting's agenda; this measure would approve a settlement agreement with the Kreji Dump cleanup contractor, regarding the condition of Hines Hill Road.
Village Council agenda for the 22 August 2013 special meeting PDF (19 Aug'13, updated 19 Aug'13)

Previously:
Further info on proposed fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District (Update) (Aug'13)
Public Town Hall Meeting on Fire/EMS Services: Village Hall (Jul'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 14 August 2013 regular meeting PDF (First Posted: 12 Aug'13)

We have now received most (not all!) of the August legislation text , in response to our public records request made on Monday, 12 Aug'13.
The revised agenda and text of some of the legislation for the August 2013 Council meeting is now available, along with our own commentary. (15 Aug'13)
Of principle interest is the failure of Council to endorse the proposed fire/EMS contract with Valley Fire District.
New!  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. (14 Aug'13)

Earlier: The Village of Boston Heights issued a newsletter giving further information about a proposed contract for fire and EMS services with Valley Fire District; the issue will be considered by Council at its regular meeting on 14 August 2013:
Look! Vote on Proposed Contract with Valley Fire District for 24/7 Professional Fire and EMS Services PDF
The enabling resolution for these contracts has been updated (replacing the version given in the mailed newsletter, above) and can be found in our copy of the August Council meeting agenda:
Look! Resolution 2013-8-38 (proposed) PDF
The drafts of the proposed contracts (as of 7 Aug'13):
Look! Draft Services & Lease Contracts with Valley Fire District, 7 Aug'13 PDF

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)
New!  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:
  • Steve DiMauro
  • Patti Engelman
  • Sarah G. Norman
  • David Zuro
Nordonia Hills City School Board of Education, 3 to elect:
  • Daniel Gallagher
  • Doug Masteller
  • David Lewis Milstein
  • Robert L. Roth
  • Tammy Strong
  • Jim Szabo
Woodridge Local SchoolBoard of Education, 3 to elect:
  • Jan Flasco
  • Tammy Heffernan
  • Marlene Martin
  • Jeff McHugh
  • Linda J. Ocepek
  • Dale Patterson
  • John C. Schneider
  • Patrick Shade
Source: Summit County Board of Elections listing
New!  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). (8 Aug'13)
New!  Summit Kids Month, August 2013 Boston Heights endorses County's Summit Kids Month
At the July 2013 meeting, Boston Heights Village Council endorsed the County's "Summit Kids Month" initiative for August 2013. Complete details can be found at First Things First in Summit County. (1 Aug'13)
New!  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. (8 Aug'13)
New!  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." (29 Jul'13)
New!  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" (26 Jul'13)

New!  Council Road Committee, July 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 15 Jul'13 PDF
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. (17 Jul'13)
New!  ABJ: Steinway Hall in Akron moving to former motorcycle dealership in Boston Heights (21 Jul'13)
"The new Boston Heights location will be called Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland."
New!  Council member Don Polyak updates residents on Hines Hill Road rebuild project
Mr. Polyak's report on Hines Hill Road project, July 2013 PDF (15 Jul'13)
Update: The Village Engineer has set the project out for bids by 7 Aug'13. Also out for bids is the Village Hall parking lot paving project, which is a stormwater demonstration project to be paid for with Ohio EPA SWIF grant #12SWIF-06 of $78,900.

Previously:
Resident meeting on Hines Hill Road plans (Apr'12)
New!  HHT: Brandywine Creek plans flow again in Hudson (16 Jun'13)

Previously:
Cuyahoga Valley group seeks common ground on water issues (May'08)
New!  Public Town Hall Meeting on Fire/EMS Services: Village Hall, Tue 16 July 2013

Update:
WSL: "... details of the [proposed contract for fire and rescue services between the Valley Fire District and the village of Boston Heights] have been hammered out, but it still needs to be approved by Boston Heights and Valley Fire District members..." (1 Aug'13)

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.
Look! Mayor Goncy's Report to VBH Public Town Hall Meeting Fire/EMS 7/16/2013 PDF
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. (16 Jul'13)
Look! 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 PDF (16 Jul'13)
Look! Posted notice:
          Town Hall Meeting: Proposed contract for shared services with the Valley Fire District for Fire and EMS coverage PDF (12 Jul'13)
Look! Preliminary proposal from Valley Fire District, Jan'13:
          January 2013 Proposal from Valley Fire District PDF (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: Resolution 2014-4-16. 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.
New!  Village Council agenda for the 10 July 2013 regular meeting PDF (Posted: 9 Jul'13)
There was also a public meeting on the Village's 2014 budget at 6:30PM before this Council meeting.
The agenda and full text of most of the legislation for the July 2013 Council meeting is now available. (1 Aug'13)
New!  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 PDF
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. (5 Jul'13)
New!  Hudson plan for Hines Hill bikeway to Boston Heights still in flux
HHT: Hudson Veterans Trail links community to neighbors (16 Jun'13)

Previously:
Hudson Council halts Hines Hill Road bike path project for now (Apr'13)
Hines Hill Road bike lanes in jeopardy... (Jan'13)
New!  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. (17 Jun'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 12 June 2013 regular meeting PDF (Updated: 13 Jun'13)

Note: We have now received and posted most (not all) of the June legislation. (13 Jun'13)
Update:
• 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.
(13 Jun'13)
New!  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 PDF
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. (6 Jun'13)
New!  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 PDF
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 PDF
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. (4 Jun'13)
New!  HHT: "Golf outing to honor fallen Officer Jarod Dean seeks support"
The 5th annual Jarod M. Dean Memorial Golf Outing will be June 15, 8AM at Ellsworth Meadows in Hudson. The organizers are seeking additional sponsors and players; proceeds go to the FOP scholarship fund. Jarod Dean, a Boston Heights police officer, died in the line of duty 19 Jan 2009. (22 May'13)
Click here: Jarod Dean Memorial Outing Application & Info. PDF

Previously: Officer Jarod Dean
New!  Council Road Committee, May 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 20 May'13 PDF
Discussion of water and sewer service in the Village, the upcoming Hines Hill Road repairs, Walters Road culvert repair and walkways, and the Akron-Cleveland Road bridge replacement. (21 May'13)

Look! For more information: Boston Heights Engineer's Water & Sewer Report PDF — including a discussion of extension costs. (29 May'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 28 May 2013 special meeting PDF (16 May'13)
 
New!  Village Council agenda for the 8 May 2013 regular meeting PDF

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.
(9 May'13)
New!  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)
New!  ABJ: Hudson Board of Education names Phillip Herman new superintendent (7 May'13)
New!  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. (2 May'13)
New!  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 PDF. (25 Apr'13)
New!  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)
New!  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 PDF which was included in the recent Boston Heights Village newsletter mailing. (18 Apr'13)

Previously: AMATS Connected Communities Grant for Village Plan (Feb'12)
New!  Council Road Committee, April 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 15 Apr'13 PDF
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. (16 Apr'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 10 April 2013 regular meeting PDF

The agenda and full text of legislation for the April 2013 Council meeting is now available. (17 Apr'13)
New!  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)
New!  Village newsletter available here: (not a publication of Boston Heights Overlook)
Boston Heights News, April-June 2013 PDF (8 Apr'13)
Back issues below
New!  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. (4 Apr'13)
New!  Council Road Committee, March 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 18 Mar'13 PDF
(19 Mar'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 13 March 2013 regular meeting PDF

The agenda and full text of legislation for the March 2013 Council meeting is now available. (26 Mar'13)
New!  NL: Boston Heights Village [Council] appoints Ed Yost as Fire Fnspector (13 Mar'13)
[As reported from the Feb'13 Council Meeting]
New!  Special Meeting: Safety Committee meets 6PM, 7 Mar 2013 PDF
"The purpose of this meeting is to discuss further the contract proposals received from the Valley Fire District and the City of Macedonia" — Mayor Bill Goncy (6 Mar'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 13 February 2013 regular meeting PDF
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. (20 Feb'13)
New!  Council Road Committee, February 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 18 Feb'13 PDF
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)

Look! For more information: Boston Heights Engineer's 2012 CIP Road Report PDF — including road repair cost reports and projections.

New!  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. (7 Feb'13)
New!  Council Road Committee, January 2013
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 21 Jan'13 PDF
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. (22 Jan'13)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 22 January 2013 special meeting PDF (18 Jan'13)
New!  HHT: Hudson City delays paving Hines Hill Road until next year (23 Jan'13)
HHT: Hines Hill Road bike lanes in jeopardy in Hudson (13 Jan'13)

Previously:
Proposed Veterans Trail connects downtown Hudson to surrounding communities (Nov'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 9 January 2013 regular meeting PDF
New!  Explosion at CNG-One on Akron-Cleveland Road
NL: No injuries in propane eExplosion in Boston Heights
(4 Jan'13)
New!  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. (3 Jan'13)
New!  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)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 12 December 2012 regular meeting PDF
Raymond Heatwall sworn as VBH Chief of Police, 12 Dec'12 Mayor Goncy, with Council concurring, appointed Lt. Ray Heatwall as Chief of Police for the Village of Boston Heights. Long-time Chief Joe Varga retired last month.(12 Dec'12)

New!  Council Road Committee, November 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 19 Nov'12 PDF
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.) (28 Nov'12)
New!  HHT: Proposed Veterans Trail connects downtown Hudson to surrounding communities
The connection through Boston Heights referenced in this article is the Hines Hill Bikeway, aka "Heights to Hudson Trail", that was discussed at public meetings in Boston Heights this past year. The Village has been considering how this project might fit in with the planned refurbishment of West Hines Hill Road, after the Krejci Dump project is finally completed. This is just one of several trails proposed for Boston Heights in the Summit County Trail & Greenway Plan. Others are the "Gateway Trail" to Peninsula and the CVNP, and the "Brandywine Creek Trail" along the creek to Northfield and Macedonia. (23 Nov'12)
ABJ: Eight new regional trails costing $46 million on map for Summit County (25 Oct'12)

Previously:
Hines Hill Bike Path Feasibility Study (Jan'12)
See also: Hudson Park Board, Oct'11 PDF

New!  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 uncontaminated.

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."


Previously:
Krejci Dump Cleanup Winding Up Again (Sep'12)
September 2011 Krejci Dump status report (Sep'11)
Fall 2011 Krejci Dump status report (Aug'11)
Wikipedia: Krejci Dump
New!  How Boston Heights Voted in the November 2012 election
Note: Based on the initial count data from Summit County Board of Elections and may not include absentee or provisional ballots.
(19 Nov'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 15 November 2012 regular meeting PDF
Update: Council accepted the retirement letter submitted by Police Chief Joe Varga, taking effect 25 November 2012, and approved the Mayor's appointment of Lt. Ray Heatwall as acting Chief at that time. (15 Nov'12)

New!  ABJ: Local history: Death stalks corridors of Boston Heights hotel in 1967
"A silent killer stalked the corridors of a crowded hotel in Boston Heights, creeping from room to room during a night of unexpected horror. (12 Nov'12)
New!  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)
 
New!  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)
New!  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). PDF.
New!  Council Road Committee, October 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 15 Oct'12 PDF
The Village Engineer explained current and future road and drainage improvement projects. Some residents of the Village's northwest neighborhood expressed interest in water and sewer service, and complained of some vacant properties. (17 Oct'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 10 October 2012 regular meeting PDF
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.)
New!  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). (28 Sep'12)
For more information: ODOT Public Involvement Meeting Letter PDF
Update: 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)
New!  Council Road Committee, September 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 17 Sep'12 PDF (20 Sep'12)
New!  WSL: Woodridge planning massive cuts if levy fails (13 Sep'12)
Previously: Woodridge Levy fails yet again, will return to ballot in Novembert (Nov'12)
New!  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)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 12 September 2012 regular meeting PDF
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 (Ord.21-2012). 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.
New!  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 (Ord.W-2012), and 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. (13 Sep'12)

New!  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. (12 Sep'12)
New!  Krejci Dump Cleanup Winding Up Again
The long-running cleanup of the Krejci Dump toxic waste site, in Boston Township & Northfield Township, may finally be winding up after seven years. The project, which involved trucking hundreds of tons of contaminated soil through Boston Heights, has had several delays as additional toxic materials were found requiring further excavation. Final restoration work that had originally been planned for Spring 2012 is apparently only being started now in Fall 2012, and is expected to be completed by year's end. Boston Heights Village's plans to repair East Hines Hill Road have been on hold until this truck traffic abates, and funds long promised by the Park Service are paid.
CVNP: Krejci Dump Site Cleanup and Restoration (29 Aug'12)
HHT: Cleanup of former hazardous waste dump site complete (9 Sep'12)
ABJ: Final restoration to begin soon at former toxic dump in Cuyahoga Valley park (5 Sep'12)

Previously:
September 2011 Krejci Dump status report (Sep'11)
Fall 2011 Krejci Dump status report (Aug'11)
Wikipedia: Krejci Dump
 
New!  Village seeks office assistant
The Village of Boston Heights is once again advertising for a part-time office assistant. (24 Aug'12)
Previously: Council confirms new ass't office clerk (May'12)
New!  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.
Village maintenance letter & map PDF
(21 Aug'12)
Previously: Engineer plans summer ditch, road maintenance (Jul'12)
New!  Council Road Committee, August 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 20 Aug'12 PDF (21 Aug'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 15 August 2012 special meeting PDF (15 Aug'12)
Council will consider, and discuss with stakeholders, the plan to create a community foundation that will act as an umbrella organization for volunteer groupds operating in association with the Village.
New!  HHT: Bike lanes could become part of [Hudson] resurfacing projects in 2013
"The city could add bikes lanes along both sides of a 0.35 mile stretch of Hines Hill Road from Boston Heights border to the YDC driveway..." (12 Aug'12)
Previously: Hines Hill Bike Path Feasibility Study (Jan'12)
Alert!  A reminder to our readers
This website, Boston Heights Overlook at BostonHeights.Org, is not operated by, responsible to, nor 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!  (9 Aug'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 8 August 2012 regular meeting PDF (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. (9 Aug'12)
New!  Public Meeting: Political Sign Posting Regulations PDF
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. (9 Aug'12)
New!  NL: Nordonia Hills asking for 3 mill levy to hire teachers, restore some busing
The 3 mill levy will appear on the 6 November ballot, and "... would generate about $2.8 million annually and cost homeowners about $92 annually per $100,000 of their home's market value." (8 Aug'12)
Previously: Nordonia Hills School Board delays decision on levy (Aug'12)
New!  Woodridge Levy fails yet again, will return to ballot in November (8 Aug'12)
• Issue 5: Woodridge Schools Levy, 6.83mil 5 year, operations: FAIL 51% to 49%
Source: Summit County Board of Elections tabulation.
Note: total votes 1715 against, 1625 for; in Boston Heights: 45 against, 18 for (out of 209 registered voters).
WSL: Woodridge levy fails... (9 Aug'12)
Previously: Woodridge Schools levy on 7 August Special Election ballot (Jul'12)
New!  NL: Nordonia Hills School Board delays decision on levy
"The Board scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 6 to discuss the matter further and make a decision on whether it will place a levy on the Nov. 6 ballot, and if so, how much it will be." (2 Aug'12)
 
New!  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 PDF
2012 Drainage Maintenance Program PDF
Notification to affected property owners, and possibly public meetings, are planned before work begins. (24 Jul'12)
New!  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. (17 Jul'12)

A sample ballot for Boston Heights / Woodridge voters is here.
For more information, including early voting starting 3 Jul'12, see the Summit Co. Board of Elections.
Previously: Woodridge levy fails again (Mar'12)
New!  Council Road Committee, July 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 16 Jul'12 PDF (17 Jul'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 11 July 2012 regular meeting PDF (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)
New!  ABJ: Boston Heights police say rebuilt Route 8 safer, hand out fewer speeding tickets
"Police still keep a close eye on the highway, but motorists, in general, are obeying that new speed limit, [Police Chief] Varga said. (5 Jul'12)
 
New!  Village Council agenda for the 26 June 2012 special meeting PDF (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)
New!  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. (11 Jun'12)
New!  Council Road Committee, June 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 18 June'12 PDF (19 Jun'12)
New!  Village seeks bids on Infrastructure Maintenance
The Village of Boston Heights and issued requests for bids, by 22 June 2012, for the
2012 Road Maintenance Program
and the
2012 Drainage Maintenance Program
(1 May'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 13 June 2012 regular meeting PDF (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)
New!  NL: Magazine should have included Boston Heights in school district [Nordonia] (6 Jun'12)
 
New!  Council Road Committee, May 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 21 May'12 PDF (22 May'12)
New!  CNG-One is now performing natural gas vehicle conversions at its facility in Boston Heights, on Akron-Cleveland Road.
HHT: Boston Heights company offers system to help fight high gas prices (10 May'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 9 May 2012 regular meeting PDF (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. (10 May'12)
New!  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. (3 May'12)
New!  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)
New!  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)

Click to read Boston Heights 2012 Noise Ordinance PDF

New!  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.
 
New!  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. (24 Apr'12)
Details in this Sunoco letter. PDF
New!  Council Road Committee, April 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 16 Apr'12 PDF (17 Apr'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 15 April 2012 emergency meeting PDF (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. (15 Apr'12)
New!  Village Council agenda for the 11 April 2012 regular meeting PDF (10 Apr'12)
Update: Council approved a substantially stronger noise ordinance for the Village, allowed for temporary alternative members for the Planning Commission, and adopted several other measures. (14 Apr'12)
New!  ABJ: Gambling businesses thriving under Summit County’s regulations
"... the county began regulating Internet cafes and sweepstakes parlors last year in nine townships and on a contract basis in the village of Boston Heights. (10 Apr'12)
  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 PDF (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. (1 Apr'12)
  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 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)
  HHT: [Hudson School] District's 1.5-mill levy renewal planned for fall
Hudson Schools Superintendent Steve Farnsworth will recommend a renewal of the existing 1.5-mill Permanent Improvement Fund levy, which will not increase tax rates. (28 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 PDF 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 PDF (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. (27 Mar'12)
  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. (27 Mar'12)
  Council Road Committee, March 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 19 Mar'12 PDF (20 Mar'12)
  HHT: Turnpike work to resume in spring through Hudson [& Boston Heights] (14 Mar'12)
  Village Council agenda for the 14 March 2012 regular meeting PDF (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. (15 Mar'12)
  2012 Boston Heights cruisers New look for Boston Heights Police cruisers
Design by Grafix Shoppe and Officer Lou Keller for the new 2011 Dodge Chargers cruisers.
  Woodridge Levy fails again (7 Mar'12)
• Issue 10: Woodridge Schools Levy, 6.83mil 5 year, operations: FAIL 53% to 47%
Source: Summit County Board of Elections tabulation.
Note: total votes 2326 against, 2077 for; in Boston Heights: 59 against, 22 for.
Previously: Woodridge weighing budget-cut options (Mar'12)
  WSL: Woodridge weighing budget-cut options (1 Mar'12)
ABJ: School districts face tough choices if ballot issues fail (2 Mar'12)
Previously: Woodridge Schools levy on March Primary ballot (Feb'12)
  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)
  Council Road Committee, February 2012
Minutes of the Village Council's Road Committee meeting, Mon, 20 Feb'12 PDF (21 Feb'12)
  Village Council agenda for the 20 February 2012 special meeting PDF (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. (20 Feb'12)
  Village Council agenda for the 16 February 2012 special meeting PDF
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). (17 Feb'12)
  Village Council agenda for the 13 February 2012 special meeting PDF
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 PDF
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). (9 Feb'12)
  More on AMATS Connected Communities Grant for Village Plan
AMATS has posted its Request for Qualifications seeking a consultant for the Boston Heights Comprehensive Plan project: Request for Qualifications – Village of Boston Heights. (3 Feb'12)

A short video explaining the Connected Communities Grant program, and the Village's project, is here:






Previously: Boston Heights Wins Grant for Comprehensive Plan Development (Dec'11)
  Peace Officers Memorial Commemoration
The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society, which was of significant assistance to the Village in saluting Officer Dean, will hold its 27th annual commemoration in May: Info poster. (2 Feb'12)
  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 * Homestead Exemption
  Village Council agenda for the 11 January 2012 regular meeting PDF
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). (12 Jan'12)
  New in town: Sculpt Fitness personal training gym has opened a new facility in Boston Heights, on Akron-Cleveland Road (across from Tequila Pancho's).
HHT: New gym offers open space exercising (11 Jan'12)
  Public Meeting: Hines Hill Bike Path Feasibility Study PDF
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 PDF

  Village Council agenda for the 4 January 2012 special meeting PDF
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)
  Village Council agenda for the 14 December 2011 regular meeting PDF
New Council members Glenn Blakeny & Ron Antal, & re-elected Mayor Bill Goncy, were sworn in by Judge Lisa Coates; outgoing Council members Janet Miller and Scott Foss received the thanks of the Village.
  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)
  ABJ: Election filing deadline brings surprises in Summit County
Boston Heights Councilor-Elect Ron Antal files for Summit County Fiscal Officer on the Nov'12 ballot. (8 Dec'11)
  NL: County engineer proposes new stormwater utility fee
Homeowners could pay around $12 a year under a proposed countywide stormwater management plan. (7 Dec'11)
ABJ: Summit engineer proposes stormwater utility fee (28 Nov'11)
See also: NEORSD stormwater fees (Apr'11)
  ABJ: New Census report shows incomes and home values still not recovering in most area communities
... but Boston Heights is an exception. (7 Dec'11)
ABJ: How local communities compare (7 Dec'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. (1 Dec'11)
  WSL: Woodridge’s money woes worsened by levy defeat (23 Nov'11)
  HHT: Voters OK village levy renewals for fire, roads (13 Nov'11)
HHT: Boston Heights voters keep mayor; elect two to Village Council (13 Nov'11)
NL: [Nordonia] Voters approve schools operating levy (9 Nov'11)
See also: Boston Heights Nov'11 Election Results (Nov'11)
  Village Council agenda for the 9 November 2011 regular meeting PDF
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. (10 Nov'11)
  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:
  • Issue 67: Road Levy, 2.75mil 5 year, maintenance: PASS 68% to 32%
  • Issue 68: Fire Levy, 0.75mil 3 year, operations: PASS 68% to 32%
  • Issue 18: Nordonia Schools Levy, 6.0mil continuing, operations: PASS 56% to 44%
  • Issue 21: Woodridge Schools Levy, 5.88mil 10 year, operations: FAIL 52% to 48%
Source: Summit County Board of Elections tabulation and write-ins
  NL: Village Mayor faces challenge
Mayoral campaign remarks from both incumbent Mayor Bill Goncy and challenger, and president of Council, Janet Miller. (6 Nov'11)
ABJ: Five of six Summit County village mayoral races are contested (31 Oct'11)
Previously: Nov'11 Election Preview
  NL: Voters will choose two Council-at-large seats
Council campaign remarks from two of the three candidates for the open Council seats. (3 Nov'11)
Previously: Nov'11 Election Preview
  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 explanation and endorsement of the Road Levy renewal PDF. (4 Nov'11)

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 David Krock, 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. (26 Oct'11)
  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. (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 PDF
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. (12 Oct'11)
  HHT: Boston Heights fire station expands to add ambulance
A groundbreaking ceremony last Tuesday officially launched the construction of the long-debated additions to the Boston Heights Fire Station. (2 Oct'11)
Previously: Funds allocated to Fire Station additions (Aug'11)
 
  Village Council agenda for the 14 September 2011 regular meeting PDF
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)
Village Levies:
  • 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. (12 Sep'11)
  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 PDF (09 Sep'11)
  Village Council agenda for the 23 August 2011 special meeting PDF
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)
  HHT: Former business owner sentenced to prison for failing to pay taxes
Scott Carter, formerly of Boston Heights, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to Federal tax evasion, both personal and in conjunction with his (former) company Advance Health Systems, which had been located on Hines Hill Road in Boston Heights. (10 Aug'11)
Previously: Mr. Carter pleads guilty to Federal charges (Apr'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 PDF
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
A small turnout (34%) of Boston Heights voters overwhelmingly opposed that levy:
Issue 1: 31 votes for, 72 votes against; Summit County Board of Elections tabulation
  HHT: Route 8 project nearly done (3 Apr'11)
ODOT: "final phase of the state Route 8 project will be complete by the fall"
  Dean Memorial Parkway dedicated
Dean Family + Mayor Goncy Dean Family Ribbon Cut
A ceremony honoring the Village's late Officer Jarod M. Dean, and dedicating the new Dean Memorial Parkway, was held on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 at 10AM, at the parking area between the Clarion Inn and Bevan Law offices. Mayor Goncy, Chief Varga, and a number of other officials spoke on Officer Dean's service and on the project. The Mayor presented a commemorative plaque to Officer Dean's parents, who then cut the ribbon opening the newly-dedicated roadway.
ABJ: "Boston Heights dedicates Dean Memorial Parkway" (22 Jul'11)
HHT: "Road named for fallen officer" (22 Jul'11)
NN5: "Dedication ceremony honors fallen Boston Heights officer" (22 Jul'11)
Info: Dean Memorial Dedication PDF
  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?"
  Village Council agenda for the 13 July 2011 regular meeting PDF
  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 CVNP disclosure 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) Pipeline Bridge I-80
  Village Council agenda for the 30 June 2011 special meeting PDF
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)
  Sgt Hack Purple Heart Boston Heights Businessman David Hack receives long-delayed Purple Heart
David Hack, CEO of US Wings Inc. on Hines Hill Road, was presented with the Purple Heart in a ceremony on the Hudson Green on Thu 30 June 2011. Congressman Steven LaTourette presented a number of medals to Sgt. Hack (US Army, retired), including that Purple Heart for wounds suffered during his service in Vietnam. (30 Jun'11)
HHT: "Sgt. David Hack awarded Purple Heart" (6 Jul'11)
PD: "Hudson's David Hack gets Purple Heart, other medals earned during Vietnam War service" (30 Jun'11)
RepSCL: "After 43 year wait Hudson Viet Nam Veteran gets Purple Heart" (4 Jul'11)
NN5: "Hudson veteran injured during Vietnam War gets Purple Heart award after 43 years" (30 Jun'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.
  HHT: "Sewer rate increases not finalized for all customers" (15 Jun'11)
Note: Summit County DoES also manages sewer billing for Boston Heights customers.
Previously: Local sewer rates to climb
  NL: "[Nordonia] Officials: Busing will return if levy passes" (9 Jun'11)

Previously: Nordonia Schools to try again on operating levy
  Village Council agenda for the 8 June 2011 regular meeting PDF
 
  Local sewer rates to climb
Boston Heights residents and businesses served by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will also see a sizable increase in rates over the next few years. This is for regular sanitary sewer service and is unrelated to the NEORSD's controversial stormwater fee.
ABJ: "Northern Summit will see sewer rate hike" (3 Jun'11)
"District trustees OK increases affecting residents through 2016"
NL: "Sewer rates increasing in 2012" (3 Jun'11)

Previously: NEO Region Sewer District plans rate hikes
  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)
  Nordonia Schools to try again on operating levy
Boston Heights voters in the Nordonia Hills City School District (in the northern 1/3 of the Village) will see another try at an operating levy on the ballot for the 2 August Special Election. This fourth try is a $7M levy of about 6.91 mills.
NL: "Fourth school levy try is $7 million 'emergency'" (11 May'11)

Previously: May'11 Levy Results; Nordonia levy fails
  Ray McFall, late long-time mayor, honored by County officeholders
The late Raymond McFall, former Mayor of and council member for Boston Heights, was honored with the County's 2011 Cliff Skeen Lifetime Achievement Award.
HHT: "Former Boston Heights mayor posthumously honored" (8 Jun'11)
ABJ: "McFall Honored " (27 May'11)

Previously:
Raymond C. McFall - Obituary and more on Ray McFall.
  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 2.7336 mills.
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 passed 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)
  Village Council agenda for the 11 May 2011 regular meeting PDF
  Boston Heights Local Election Results (3 May'11)
Levies:
  • Issue 4: Hudson Schools 4.9mil new, operations:
    PASS: 54% YES to 46% NO
  • Issue 5: Nordonia Schools 6.5mil new, operations
    FAIL: 54% NO to 46% YES
A small turnout (38%) of Boston Heights voters overwhelmingly opposed both levies:
Issue 4: 51 for, 94 against; Issue 5: 27 for, 72 against.
Summit County Board of Elections tabulation

HHT: "[Hudson] School Levy Passes" (4 May'11)
NL: "Voters reject third Nordonia Hills levy bid" (4 May'11)
  More on Liberty Harley-Davidson Closure
ABJ: " Akron Harley-Davidson dealer isn't ready to give up the ride" (1 May'11)

Previously:
Liberty Harley-Davidson, The Range, & Brewsters all close (Apr'11)
  Regional Fire Districts & Proposals Reviewed by ABJ
ABJ: " Area fire districts on ladder of change"
" Consolidation a possibility to streamline, save costs, but department resistance eludes hopes in the region" (1 May'11)

More on previous local fire district discussions (May'09)
  FNP: Letter: Three mayors support Hudson school levy
Mayor Bill Goncy joined the mayors of Hudson and Cuyahoga Falls in endorsing the upcoming Hudson Schools continuing operating levy. (24 Apr'11)
  Judge rules: no NEORSD stormwater fees for Boston Heights
Judge Pokorny of Cuyahoga County granted a summary judgement on 21 April 2011, ruling that Boston Heights and several other Summit County communities are not subject to the new stormwater fees proposed by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Four Summit County communities are still embroiled in this case, however.
The fees had been held in abeyance after Summit County and the affected communities filed a lawsuit claiming that the NEORSD does not have jurisdiction over stormwater remediation in Summit County and therefore cannot apply the fees here.
HHT: "Hudson 'off the hook' for regional sewer district plan" (27 Apr'11)
TB: "[Twinsburg] City, township 'off the hook' from sewer district plan" (21 Apr'11)
CCBN: "Court gives Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District OK to manage storm water" (22 Apr'11)
Previously:
Regional sewer board delays fees
Regional Sewer Board imposes new fees...
  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)
  Marshal Pitchford, Esq. 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. (25 Feb'11)
  Village Council agenda for the 13 April 2011 regular meeting PDF
  HHT: Former business owner pleads guilty to failing to pay $800,000 in taxes
Scott Carter, formerly of Boston Heights, pleaded guilty to Federal tax evasion charges in conjunction with his (former) company Advance Health Systems, which had been located on Hines Hill Road in Boston Heights. (10 Apr'11)
Previously: Mr. Carter indicted on Federal charges (Nov'10)
  HHT: Route 8 roadwork to start Monday (3 Apr'11)
ODOT: "The project is scheduled to be completed in mid July..."
  NEO Region Sewer District plans rate hikes
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will hold a number of public meetings to explain its proposed rate increase:
Link: Meeting Schedule PDF
The nearest meeting will be at 7PM on Tue, 19 Apr'11 at the
Barlow Community Center, 41 S Oviatt St, Hudson OH.
WKYC-5: "Public meetings set for NEORSD sewer rate hike"
  Planning/Zoning agenda set for 6 April '11 meeting
Among other issues, the PC reviewed the proposed addition to the Village Fire Station.
Link: Preliminary Site Plan Drawings, 21 Mar'11 PDF
Update: Planning Commission decisions 6 Apr'11 PDF
  2010 Census shows Boston Heights growth
HHT: Village grew from 1,186 residents in 2000 to 1,300 in 2010
(30 Mar'11)
SS: "Population growth has benefited the Stow Municipal Court District"
(3 Apr'11)
  Boston Heights voters to see school levy requests
Woodridge Schools removes levy request from May ballot (31 Mar'11)

Previously:
Hudson Schools places 4.9mil levy, Nordonia 6.5mil levy for May election.
HHT: Levies for [Hudson] school district... set for May 3 ballot
NL: [Nordonia] Schools to seek 6.5 mill levy in May
WSL: Woodridge gearing up for levy (Cancelled!)
(14 Feb'11)
  ABJ: "Payroll-services company moving to Boston Heights" (16 Mar'11)

Previously:
Council approves final abatement agreements (Mar'11)
Hudson Schools BOE approves abatement, compensation (Feb'11)
Council approves abatement, sends to Hudson Schools (Feb'11)
Planning Commission approves PayChex building & site (Feb'11)
  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. (16 Mar'11)
The complete meeting can be heard here:
VBH Public Meeting re Fiscal Officer 3/16/2011 Audio

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 PDF
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. (9 Mar'11)
  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. (9 Feb'11)
  Village Council agenda for the Special Meeting of 16 Feb'11, 6PM PDF
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. (16 Feb'11)
  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. (3 Feb'11)
  Village Council agenda for the Special Meeting of 31 Jan'11, 5PM PDF
"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. (2 Feb'11)
  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. (17 Nov'10)
 
  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)
  HHT: [Hudson] School district starts cutting after levy fails
Following the recent failure of the Hudson Schools levy, the school district has immediately cancelled all field trips and implemented a pay-to-play fee. Layoffs are also planned, as is the cutoff of busing for Hudson High School students, beginning after the holidays. (4 Nov'10)
  NL: "[Nordonia] Voters reject school issue by 2,260 votes"
Following the recent failure of the Nordonia Schools levy, the school district has scheduled a cut in busing services to begin 20 Nov, with layoffs to follow in the new year. (3 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. (3 Nov'10)
  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:
  • Issue 1: Hudson Schools 5.9mil new, operations: FAIL 53% to 47%
  • Issue 2: Nordonia Schools, 6.5mil new, operations: FAIL 58% to 42%
Summit County Board of Elections tabulation

HHT: "[Hudson] School Levy Fails" (2 Nov'10)
  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)
  HHT: "Letter: Community leaders support [Hudson] school levy (25 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. (20 Oct'10)
  Resident apologizes to Village for Hines Hill puppy mill affair
Louis Simboli appeared before Village Council at its meeting of 13 October 2010, and apologized for his conduct in connection with his dog breeding activites on Hines Hill Road. He promised to make full financial restitution.
Mr. Simboli had recently been found guilty of several counts of animal cruelty in this matter. Judge Lisa Coates and parole officer Amy Anderson, of the Stow Municipal Court, also attended the meeting; the judge stated that this appearance was part of the arrangements for Mr. Simboli's restitution. (14 Oct'10)

Previously:
Hines Hill puppy mill shut for good; resident pleads guilty (2010)
Puppies seized from Hines Hill recovering... (2010)
Sick puppies seized in Boston Heights (2010)
Boston Heights dog breeder probed (2006)
  Macedonia cuts may imperil EMS coverage for Boston Heights
NL: "Macedonia may cut dozens if tax issue fails Nov. 2" (13 Oct'10)
  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 PDF. 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. (30 Sep'10)
  Bobcat spotted in Boston Heights, off Olde Eight
According to news reports, village resident Julie Morgan captured a view of the big cat, using a motion-triggered camera, as it passed through yards along Olde Eight Road.
Read more about bobcats here.
CPD: "Snap of a shutter confirms bobcat sighting in Boston Heights" (25 Sep'10)
WKYC-5: "Boston Heights: Bobcat photographed in resident's backyard" (24 Sep'10)
WOIO-19: "Peek-a-Boo: Bobcat spotting in Boston Heights residential neighborhood" (24 Sep'10)
Previously: Woman reports seeing a cougar (May'10)
  Boston Heights Mayor Court traffic cases decline
"Mayor's courts reporting uptick in cases [elsewhere]" (20 Sep'10)
  "Whatever happened to plans for a soccer stadium in Macedonia?" (20 Sep'10)
Previously: on the defunct soccer stadium proposal (2008)
  Hines Hill puppy mill shut for good; resident pleads guilty
ABJ: "Survivor shakes off bad start" (19 Sep'10)

Previously:
Puppies seized from Hines Hill recovering... (2010)
Sick puppies seized in Boston Heights (2010)
Boston Heights dog breeder probed (2006)
  Doris O'Donnell Beaufait profiled
"Female Journalist Doris O'Donnell Drew Ted Williams' Ire, Then His Respect" (14 Sep'10)
"Diamond is a woman's friend" (18 Sep'10)
  Hudson Schools to hold public Q&A with administrators
"Superintendent Address: The State of the Schools" to be held 7PM Wed 22 Sep'10, at Hudson High School Auditorium; reception follows. (14 Sep'10)
 
  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)
 
  Regional sewer board delays imposition of stormwater fees"indefinitely".
CPD: "Sewer district delays storm water fee indefinitely, cites lawsuits" (18 Aug'10)
Previously: Regional sewer board delays imposition of stormwater fees.
  Stolen car leads to rammed Boston Heights cruiser, chase, arrest
NN5: "Man charged in 100+ mph police chase" (2 Aug'10)
ABJ: " Stolen car chase leaves police cruiser damaged, ends with Tasing in Akron" (2 Aug'10)
 
  HHT: "Route 8 project motoring along on schedule, says ODOT" (1 Aug'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.
  Boston Heights dodges tax shortfall with Route 8 project
ABJ: "Municipalities suffer income-tax decline" (1 Jun'10)
  Hines Hill Puppies recovering; rescue groups seeks donations
HHT: "Puppies seized from Hines Hill recovering as resident faces charges" (26 May'10)
Also: Louis R Simboli of Hines Hill Road has been charged in Stow Muni Court with several counts of "Cruelty to Animals"

Previously (2006):
Sick puppies seized in Boston Heights (2010)
Boston Heights dog breeder probed (2006)
  Regional sewer board delays imposition of stormwater fees.
ABJ: " Sewer district postpones storm-water fee" (25 May'10)
NL: "Sewer district's new stormwater fee still on hold" (26 May'10)
Previously: Regional Sewer Board imposes new fees...
  State Auditor releases Boston Heights 2008-2009 Audit. (20 May'10)
  Stow proposes fee jump for Muni Court covering Boston Heights
ABJ: "Stow fighting court deficit"
...wants state to redistribute the financial burden among area communities (16 May'10)
SS: "Court to create new supervisor's position" (16 May'10)
SS: "City seeks increase in court charges" (16 May'10)
SS: "Technology fee increase would improve muni court's efficiency" (16 May'10)
ABJ: "Stow clerk wants to raise court fees to upgrade technology" (8 May'10)
 
  ABJ: " Woman reports seeing a cougar"
Sighting on state Route 303 east of Peninsula leaves Ohio wildlife official with some doubts (12 May'10)
REPRINT HERE
  Officer Jarod Dean Honored at Peace Officers Memorial
SN: "Cordray speaks at Police Memorial Service" (7 May'12)
ABJ: "Boston Heights officer saluted in Ohio tribute" (7 May'10)
HHT: "Officer Dean remembered in state ceremony" (6 May'10)
NBC: "Fallen Officers Honored During Motorcade, Ceremony" (6 May'10)
ABJ: "Fallen Boston Heights officer to be honored Thursday" (5 May'10)
  Boston Heights Local Election Results (4 May'10)
Levies:
  • Issue 4: Hudson Schools 5.9mil new, operations: FAIL 56% to 44%
  • Issue 13: Woodridge, 2.03mil renewal, operations: PASS 70% to 30%
  • Issue 16: Akron-Summit Co. Public Library, 1.4mil replacem't: PASS 63% to 37%
Summit County Board of Elections tabulation

HHT: "[Hudson] School Levy Fails" (5 May'10)
  Update:HHT: "Humane Society seizes sick puppies" (5 May'10)
CPD: "15 ill puppies taken from Boston Heights home" (2 May'10)
ABJ: "Officers seize 15 puppies from Boston Hts. home; Dog sold by owner showing signs of parvovirus" (1 May'10)
HHT: "Humane Society: 15 'sick and dehydrated' puppies removed from [Boston Heights] property" (30 Apr'10)

Previously (2006):
Boston Heights dog breeder probed
Old!  Clarion Inn Celebrates Updates with "Grand Re-opening"
HHT: "Stuck in Route 8 construction, inn does some work of its own" (2 May'10)
Old!  ABJ: Metro Parks agrees to "work with" Village on Akron-Cleveland Road bridge (22 Apr'10)

Previously: Bridge load limits lowered, 2007.
Old!  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 PDF
Old!  Ray McFall, Councilor & Former Mayor, Dies
Russ Pry's Remembrance of Ray McFall (2 Apr'10)
Raymond McFall, member of Village Council and former long-time Mayor of Boston Heights, died in the afternoon of Friday, 12 March 2010. Mr. McFall succumbed to the ill health that he had been battling since shortly after the November '09 election that returned him to Council after his many years as Mayor. Recently, the Village Hall Council Room had been formally named "McFall Hall" in honor of his long service. (12 Mar'10)
Please see: Raymond C. McFall - Obituary.

New!  CPD: "Mayor Raymond C. McFall led his lifelong Boston Heights" (17 Mar'10)
New!  HHT: "Former mayor's death a 'tremendous loss' for Boston Heights" (17 Mar'10)
ABJ: "Former Boston Heights Mayor Raymond C. McFall dies" (13 Mar'10)
 
Old!  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. (19 Mar'10)


History of most recent Council vacancies:
* Lightner returned to Council (2008).
* Village Council appoints Kevin Lightner to vacant Council seat. (2006).
Old!  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 PDF
(11 Mar'10)
Old!  Beacon Journal compares police coverage
ABJ: " Strength in numbers? Boston Heights at top" (13 Feb'10)
Old!  Nordonia School Levy Rejected
Nordonia School District voters rejected a 6.5mil permanent levy on Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010, voting down Issue 1: 79.6% NO to 20.4% YES. This issue had proposed an additional continuing property tax levy for general expenses at an initial rate of 6.5 mills, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011. It would have added about $398 to the annual taxes on a $200,000 home in that school district, and raised over $6.5M per year. (3 Feb'10)
ABJ: " Voters defeat Nordonia Hills, Streetsboro tax levies" (3 Feb'10)
Previously:
NL: "[Nordonia] School levy supporters begin 'shortest campaign' in years" (13 Jan'10)
ABJ: "Nordonia, Streetsboro to seek school levies Feb 2" (10 Jan'10)
Old!  Memorial held for fallen police officer
The Boston Heights Police Department held a memorial service for the late Officer Jarod M. Dean at Fairview Cemetery, on Tuesday, 19 January 2010. Officer Dean was killed in traffic while on duty, one year ago. (20 Jan'10)
HH: "Officer Dean Remembered" (24 Jan'10)
ABJ: " Police salute fallen colleague; Memorial service honors Boston Heights officer" (21 Jan'10)

HH: "Boston Heights to remember officer" (6 Jan'10)
   
Old!  Regional sewer board imposes new fees in Boston Heights.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District voted on 7 Jan 2010 to impose a new fee for storm water remediation projects in its jurisdiction, including parts of Summit County -- and including the northern part of Boston Heights. The residential fee is said to "average" $57/yr and would be imposed on all properties in the district. Commercial property fees would be much higher. Fees would rise every year. Summit County has filed a court case claiming that the NEORSD does not have jurisdiction over stormwater remediation in Summit County and therefore cannot apply the fees here.
HH: "Sewer district approves stormwater plan, goes to court" (8 Jan'10)
ABJ: " Sewer panel plans to vote on new fee" (6 Jan'10)
ABJ: "Summit County files suit against sewer district" (31 Dec'09)
HH: "County, communities ask courts to decide stormwater jurisdiction" (31 Dec'09)
ABJ: "Summit may sue sewer group over plan" (15 Dec'09)
HH: "County opposes regional stormwater fee" (2 Dec'09)
Previously: Sewer Board Stormwater fee proposed
Old!  Village Council Special Meeting set for 4 January 2010, 7PM PDF
Janet Miller selected as Council president; committee membership set; Kathleen May appointed to BZA.
Regular meeting is Wednesday, 13 January 2010, 8PM.
Old!  Village Council agenda for the 9 December 2009 regular meeting PDF
Akron Judge Elinor Stormer appeared to swear in new Council members: Frank Baxter, Dawn Brannan-Blakeney, Don Polyak. Ray McFall will be sworn at a later time.
Old!  Mayor pledges reduced-speed warning sign on Akron-Cleveland Road
CPD: "PD Road Rant: Notifications" (24 Nov'09)
Old!  Boston Heights toddler receives heart transplant
HHT: "Tallmadge class sends cards to heart recipient" (18 Nov'09)
HHT: "New heart keeps 4-year-old smiling" (23 Sep'09)
Previously: Kendra Seitz Benefit - Fri, 9 Oct'09
Old!  Boston Heights Election Results (4 Nov'09)
Council: Four new members elected:
  • Frank Baxter (E Boston Mills Rd) WIN 16%
  • Dawn Brannan-Blakeney (Sholle Dr) WIN 16%
  • Don Polyak (W Hines Hill Rd) WIN 15%
  • Raymond McFall (E Boston Mills Rd) WIN 14%
  • H. Michael Cheung (Brandywine Rd) 11%
  • Kevin M. Lightner (W Hines Hill Rd) 10%
  • Teri Slane (Slane's Lane) 10%
  • James D. Hudson (Olde Eight Rd) 8%
Fire Levies:
  • Issue 38: Fire Levy 0.50mil, maintenance: PASS 61% to 39%
  • Issue 39: Fire Levy, 0.75mil, operations: PASS 55% to 45%
Summit County Board of Elections tabulation
Old!  HHT: "Boston Heights dump site still contaminated" (25 Oct'09)
Note: Contrary to this headline and dateline, the Krejci dump is adjacent to, but not in, Boston Heights.
Update: CVNP Krejci Dump Site Cleanup Re-started (25 Aug'09)
Further dumptruck traffic to use Hines Hill Road during this additional phase of excavation.
Old!  New in town: Bevan & Associates LPA, Inc has moved their law offices into Boston Heights, next to the Clarion Inn.
 
 
Old!  NL: [Northfield] man, two others charged in burglaries (18 Aug'09)
This is a followup to Chief Varga's earlier report on the initial arrests
Old!  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. (12 Aug'09)
Old!  Police Chief Varga reports on burglary arrests (16 Jul'09)
The Chief urges: Lock your vehicles at night!
Old!  ABJ: " Boston Hts. firefighters go months without pay"
Council can't gather enough members to act (15 Jul'09)
PD: Plain Dealer Editors: JEER at this situation. (17 Jul'09)
Old!  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" PDF settling Case # CV 2008107055; payment must be made by late July to avoid back interest charges.
Old!  Boston Mills Road Closed at Route 8
The Ohio Department of Transportation has closed Boston Mills Road at Route 8 as of 1 July 2009. The road is cut off on both sides of Route 8, possibly until Summer 2011 -- the completion of the highway project. Chittenden Road has been extended up to the eastern leg of Boston Mills Road to provide some access to Route 8 via Route 303, at the cost of a three-mile detour for local and northbound traffic. (1 Jul'09)
ABJ "Boston Mills to close at highway" on 24 June 2009. (21 Jun'09)
HHT: "Boston Mills Road Closing Delayed" to 24 June 2009. (18 Jun'09)
HHT: "Boston Mills road to close June 19"(10 Jun'09)
 
Old!  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)
Old!  Woodridge Levy Renewal Passes
Summit County election results (final): Issue 16 PASSED 71.7%-28.3%
Update: Boston Heights was the only Woodridge precinct to vote against the levy renewal: 24 against, 12 for. There are 222 registed voters in the Boston Heights within the Woodridge school district.
FNP: "16 of 17 voting precincts favor Woodridge levy" (31 May'09)

Issue 16 for residents of the Woodridge Local School District. See our Boston Heights school district map. This issue renews two emergency levies, totalling 10.01 mills, for another 5 years. This provides $5.3M, or about 25% of the regular operating funds for the school district. As a renewal the issue will not raise current property taxes. (4 May'09)
Old! 
Further Fire/EMS Cooperation Discussions Held
NL: "Officials eyeing trial fire and EMS agreement with interest" (29 Apr'09)

Fire District Discussion Shelved
NL: "Officials say fire staffing wishes hinder district" (29 Apr'09)
NL: "Officials drop plans for Nordonia Hills fire district" (23 Apr'09)
Boston Heights in discussions on fire cooperation with Northfield Center Twp, Sagamore Twp, & Northfield Village.

More on the Northfield Center/Sagamore Fire District talks...
Old!  Village Dedicates Memorial
The Village's Memorial Day observances included the dedication of a memorial to the Village's fallen safety forces -- specifically, Officer Jarod Dean.
(20 May'09)

ABJ: " Boston Heights to dedicate new memorial" (22 May'09)
NL: "Boston Heights plans May 25 memorial for fallen policeman" (20 May'09)
Old!  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)
Old!  NL: "Driver reaches plea deal in January death of Boston Heights policeman" (29 Apr'09)

More on Officer Jarod Dean...
Old!  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)
Old!  NL: "Driver cited in police officer's death" (4 Mar'09)
HHT: "Man charged in traffic accident that killed Boston Heights police officer" (26 Feb'09)
ABJ: "Driver charged in death of Boston Heights police officer" (26 Feb'09)
WKYC: "Truck driver charged in death of Boston Heights officer" (26 Feb'09)

More on Officer Jarod Dean...
Old!  "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. (16 Feb'09)
Old!  HHT: "Smoke Signals: Fallen officer still protecting, serving" (11 Feb'09)

More on Officer Jarod Dean...
Old!  NL: "Fire group starts talks: First meeting held in private; officials want future talks public" (4 Feb'09)
Boston Heights in discussions on Fire District with Northfield Center Twp, Sagamore Twp, & Northfield Village.

More on the Northfield Center/Sagamore Fire District talks...
Old!  Village Police Officer Struck, Killed
Boston Heights Police officer Jarod Dean, 24, was struck and killed on Ohio Route 8, Monday morning (19 Jan'09)
Officer Dean's Obituary
From Chief Varga: "A fund has been set up at all First Merit Banks for donations for the family" of Officer Jarod M. Dean.

HHT: "Hundreds of officers mourn brother killed in line of duty 8"
 " Hundreds turn out for funeral for patrolman killed in traffic" (28 Jan'09)
ABJ: "Fallen officer Dean honored by police from around state 8"
 " Hundreds turn out for funeral for patrolman killed in traffic" (25 Jan'09)
CPD: "Jarod Dean, Boston Heights officer, mourned by police, family, friends 8"
 "An officer's farewell" (25 Jan'09)
NN5: "Boston Heights Officer Remembered 8"
 "Emotional Goodbye For Fallen Officer" (24 Jan'09)
E-P: "Former Windham Officer, Jarod Dean, Laid To Rest 8" (26 Jan'09)
CPD: "Fallen officer remembered for wanting to serve 8" (24 Jan'09)

HHT: "Village mourns officer killed in accident" (21 Jan'09)
ABJ: " Services Saturday in Hudson for officer" (21 Jan'09)
CR: "Summit officer killed on highway"
 "formerly worked in Waynesburg, Magnolia" (20 Jan'09)
CPD: "Boston Heights police officer Jarod Dean, 24, is killed on Ohio 8"
 "Village's first officer to die in line of duty" (20 Jan'09)
ABJ: "Boston Heights officer is killed in traffic" (20 Jan'09)
RC: "Former Windham officer killed Was struck by vehicle while on duty for Boston Heights department" (20 Jan'09)
WKYC: "Boston Heights: Officer struck and killed clearing debris from roadway" (19 Jan'09)
HHT: "Policeman struck, killed on Route 8" (19 Jan'09)
FOX: "Police Officer Killed in Accident; Route 8 Closed" (19 Jan'09)
Old!  NL: "Nordonia fire district talks change and evolve in 2008" (31 Dec'08)
NL: "Townships, villages forming fire district "study group'" (18 Dec'08)
Boston Heights to discuss NCT/Sagamore/Northfield Vlg Fire District.

More on the Northfield Center/Sagamore Fire District talks...
Old!  NL: "Macedonia, Northfield, Summit County leaders study Wolstein Group's defunct soccer stadium project land" (31 Dec'08)
Study included 311 acres in Boston Heights

More on the soccer stadium proposal and land study
Old!  ABJ: " Route 8 project to begin today" (17 Dec'08)
"Lanes will be reduced as construction starts on turnpike interchange"
HHT: "TRAFFIC UPDATE: Lanes closed at Route 8/turnpike Wednesday [17 Dec]" (16 Dec'08)
Old!  NL: "City, village approve dispatch service contract" (17 Dec'08)
Village of Boston Height to again contract with Macedonia for safety forces communications.

Previously on safety dispatch issues...
Old!  Mayor's Court abolition approaches; Boston Heights to be impacted
CPD: "Bill to cut mayor's courts could hurt town budgets" (9 Dec'08)

Previously on proposed abolition of Mayor's Courts...
Old!  NL: "Communities, county want to cooperate on stormwater issues" (26 Nov'08)
Regional sewer board may impose additional fees in Boston Heights.
Previously:
ABJ: "Regional stormwater plan causes a stink" (16 Nov'08)
Old!  NL: "Rt. 8/I-271 interchange may open a year ahead of schedule" (1 Dec'08)
Previously:
ABJ: "New interchange could open early" (24 Nov'08)
Route 8 conversion to the north ahead of schedule; Boston Heights phase to start next year.
Old!  NL: "'Open mind' for fire district?" (19 Nov'08)
Boston Heights to discuss NCT/Sagamore Fire District, 'crunch the numbers'.

More on the Northfield Center/Sagamore Fire District talks...
Old!  HHT: "Neighbors work together for future / Mayors of Hudson, Boston Heights sign memorandum of understanding" (16 Nov'08)
ABJ: "Hudson, Boston Heights to cooperate" (14 Nov'08)

HHT: "[Hudson] City Council OKs its half of pact with Boston Heights" (12 Nov'08)
Boston Heights Village Council adopted the agreement 12 Nov 2008:
Here is a copy of the proposed memorandum of understanding between Hudson and Boston Heights PDF
HHT: "Hudson, Boston Heights officials pursue partnership" (27 Oct'08)
Old!  NL: "Fire consolidation talks resume" (12 Nov'08)

NL: Boston Heights Mayor to attend Fire District meeting with Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills Townships, but without committment. (29 Oct'08)
NL: Boston Heights invited to consider joining into a Fire District with Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills Townships. Presentation to be given 17 Nov 2008 (22 Oct'08)
Old!  Taxpayer lawsuit withdrawn by plaintiff "without prejudice", 30 Oct'08 PDF
Opposed Village's settlement of developer's lawsuit over Boston Hills redevelopment (12 Nov'08)
See case CV-2008-05-3633 at Summit Co. Clerk of Courts Records Search. The same plaintiff's motion to intervene in the original developer's lawsuit against the Village was denied, which denial was affirmed on appeal 16 Oct'08. See case CV-2007-07-4696.
More on the BHCC zoning conflict and lawsuit settlement...
Old!  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)
Old!  ABJ: "Rail quiet zone to cost $168,000" (3 Nov'08)
Twinsburg Road railroad crossing targeted to improve safety, silence horns.
 
Old!  Village Council agenda of the Special 28 October 2008 meeting PDF (24 Oct'08)

Village Council agenda of the 8 October 2008 meeting PDF (8 Oct'08)
Note: all items at this meeting were first readings, only.
Old!  ABJ: "Summit promotes tax sharing" (12 Oct'08)
Old!  MHP: "[Boston Heights] firefighters train to save pets" (9 Oct'08)
Old!  Kidnapper found dead, victim safe in Boston Heights
HHT: "Police say former fire chief shot himself after kidnapping woman" (28 Sep'08)
FOX8: "Ex-Fire Chief Takes Own Life After Abducting Ex-Girlfriend" (25 Sep'08)
RPC: "Former fire chief for Garrettsville kills self, Kidnapped woman from Akron firm" (25 Sep'08)
ABJ: " Kidnap suspect is found dead" (25 Sep'08)
ABJ: "Police say man kills self in Boston Heights after kidnapping woman" (24 Sep'08)
CPD: "Man kidnaps woman at her job, flees police, kills himself" (24 Sep'08)
FOX8: "Police: Morning Manhunt Ends When Suspect Kills Himself" (24 Sep'08)
NewNet5: "Police: Man Grabs Ex From Work, Holds Her Hostage" (24 Sep'08)
Old!  NL: "Communities exploring dispatching consolidation" (24 Sep'08)
Northern Summit County communities explore regional safety dispatch center.
Old!  NL: "Audit: Boston Heights fire, EMS records incomplete" (17 Sep'08)
Village's 2006-2007 state audit available; see pg. 19 for findings (17 Sep'08)
Old!  ABJ: " The cost of justice in Falls court often a lot higher than elsewhere" (17 Sep'08)
Old!  HHT: "ODOT to extend road from 303 to Boston Mills" (15 Sep'08)
Hudson considers connecting Terex Road extension to Chittenden instead of thru to Boston Mills Rd.
Old!  NL: "Officials say Twinsburg Road will reopen one year early" (3 Sep'08)
"Neighborhoods won't be cut off for long"

Previously:
NL: "Emergency Twinsburg Road access still an issue" (23 May'07)
Also: lights retimed at Hines Hill and Rt 8 for better traffic flow.
NL: "ODOT, township to examine access for Twinsburg Road" (16 May'07)
Old!   
Old!  WSL: Boston Township further discusses EMS services for Boston Heights (21 Aug'08)
HHT: "Townships, city may battle for Boston Heights' emergencies" (13 Aug'08)
WSL: "Valley Fire District officials ... to develop a proposal to provide fire and EMS services for Boston Heights" (31 Jul'08)
More on consultations with the Valley Fire District.
Old!  Village Council agenda of the 30 July special meeting PDF (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)
Old!  HHT: "Hudson man's famous store moves to Boston Heights" (23 Jul'08)
U.S. Wings moves to former Advanced Health building on E. Hines Hill Rd.

More on U.S. Wings...
Old!  WSL: Boston Heights to consult with Valley Fire District on services (17 Jul'08)
Old!  NL: "Boston Heights also out of fire study" (2 Jul'08)
NS7: "Why did Northfield Center decide against continuing the Fire District Study?"
Old!  ABJ: "Bitter debate splits village: Build housing or businesses?" (21 May'08)
" Boston Heights has a 160-acre piece of prime real estate, but the community is divided over how to develop the land."

More on the BHCC zoning conflict and lawsuit settlement...
Old!  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.) (16 May'08)

More on the BHCC zoning lawsuit settlement agreement...
Old!  Angry Cemetery Trustees berate Council, Mayor, Service Director
The Board of Trustees of the Village Cemetery voiced their displeasure over maintenance and management of Fairview Cemetery, during the May Village Council meeting. In addition to sending a letter summarizing their latest complaints, Trustee Kim Brannan demanded that the Village Solicitor determine whether the sexton (also the Service Director) operates under the Board's direction, or not. (15 May'08)
Old!  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 Consent Agreement PDF 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 PDF 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.) (12 May'08)

More on the BHCC zoning lawsuit settlement agreement...
Old!  HHT: "Cuyahoga Valley group seeks common ground on water issues" (8 May'08)

More on area watershed and stormwater issues...
Old!  Mayor's Court abolition approaches; Boston Heights to be impacted
CPD: "State may drop mayor's court" (27 Apr'08)
"Villages object to legislators' effort to permanently adjourn"

Previously on proposed abolition of Mayor's Courts...
Old!  Summa (ABJ): "We've determined the Seasons Road interchange area is the best area for a hospital"
HHT: "[Hudson] Mayor sees widespread benefit of hospital plan" (30 Apr'08)
HHT: "Cities unite in attempt to lure hospital" (27 Apr'08)
ABJ: "Falls, Stow and Hudson join to lure new hospital" (25 Apr'08)
Three cities sign economic deal. They will share pre-building costs and potential tax revenue
CPD: "Three cities joint to attract new hospital" (25 Apr'08)
Hudson, Stow and Cuyahoga Falls band together to lure Summa to Seasons Road.
WKYC: "Regionalism lands northern Summit County a new hospital" (25 Apr'08)

Previously:
HHT: "Boston Heights targets hospital" (20 Apr'08)
The article notes that the City of Hudson is also chasing the same hospital.
Old!  Black-market explosives detonated at Boston Hills Country Club
This was the boom you may have heard at about 8pm Tuesday night.
ABJ: "Macedonia case turns light on world of homemade fireworks" (25 Apr'08)
"The fiery detonation, done at the now-closed Boston Hills Country Club, left a crater 20 feet deep."
ABJ: "Bond set for man in Macedonia blast" (23 Apr'08)
"We look for unpopulated areas that are far enough away from the blast site to keep people safe."
Old!  Council agrees to settle BHCC Lawsuit
Town Meeting on Lawsuit Settlement (16 Apr'08)
A Town Meeting was held to explain the settlement, and take questions, on Fri 18 Apr 2008, at the Village Fire Station. Village officials and lawyers explained some of the details of the agreement, and a number of rather irate citizens commented and asked questions about the future of the property.
Here is the final version of the Consent Agreement to settle the BHCC lawsuit. PDF (18 Apr'08)
See the settlement map, to the lower right.
Mayor Reports on Lawsuit Settlement, Sets Public Meeting (14 Apr'08)

BHO News Summary: At a special "emergency" meeting held on Friday evening, 11 April 2008, Boston Heights Village Council adopted a resolution to settle the lawsuit filed against the Village over the zoning of the former Boston Heights Country Club golf course.
In essence, it would allow commercial development of 100 acres of the site (65 acres retail and 35 acres of other commercial use) and reserve 60 acres as permanently undeveloped land buffering adjacent properties. This buffer would be deeded over to the Village upon its request, once construction begins.
It appears that the timing and nature of the settlement are related to an attempt to lure the proposed Summa Northern Summit hospital to this site at Hines Hill and Route 8. (13 Apr'08)

ABJ: "Golf course to be developed" (15 Apr'08)
New hospital among possibilities as Boston Heights agrees to retail and office space at old country club
ABJ: "Boston Heights might be settling lawsuit" (13 Apr'08)
ABJ: "Meeting tonight on Boston Heights development dispute" (11 Apr'08)
See also: Village sued by developers.
Old!  HHT: "ODOT marks start of new construction year with Route 8 work" (13 Apr'08)
ABJ: "UPDATE: Highway construction to focus on Route 8" (9 Apr'08)
See also: more on Route 8 upgrade project...
Old!  NL: "Officials say soccer stadium plans 'dead'" (12 Mar'08)
Study of land use along Brandywine Creek due by April.
See also: more on Route 8 corridor, soccer stadium...
Old!  CPD: "Summit County fugitive captured in Las Vegas" (7 Mar'08)
WKYC: "Marshals nab Boston Heights rapist in Nevada" (7 Mar'08)
ABJ: "Rapist on parole disappears" (29 Oct'07)
"[Boston Heights] Victim lives in fear man will carry out death threat he made 25 years ago"
Old!  Police Chief Varga reports on cruiser accident (18 Feb'08)
ABJ: " Car speeds off after hitting police cruiser" (18 Feb'08)
 
Old!  CPD: "Army Reserve nearly ready to open Twinsburg training center, shop" (1 Feb'08)
 Boston Heights residents objected to putting the center on Olde Eight Road...
See also: more on the Army Reserve center controversy...
Old!  HHT: "Route 8 corridor study moving forward" (30 Jan'08)
 Study area includes Boston Heights, but Northfield/Macedonia/County funded.
See also: more on soccer stadium proposal...
Old!  NL: "Proposed soccer stadium annexation axed" (30 Jan'08)
 Northfield/Macedonia JEDD proposed to extend to include Boston Heights.
See also: more on soccer stadium proposal...
Old!  PD: "Bill to cut mayor's courts could hurt town budgets" (9 Jan'08)
Previously on proposed abolition of Mayor's Courts...
Old!  PD: "Geis buys Boston Heights property" (08 Jan'08)
Developer of industrial parks buys 23-acre driving range, "The Range"
Old!  ABJ: "Brandywine Creek talks open to public" (08 Jan'08)
Residents of Boston Heights, Hudson, Macedonia, Northfield Center invited to watershed workshop
See also: Park: Towns should unite....
Old!  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.
Old!  NL: "Fire consolidation off to slow start" (2 Jan'08)
New!  ABJ: "Route 303 to get new traffic light" (26 Dec'07)
ABJ columnist and motorists should be pleased when new exit ramp signal goes into service next month, after two years of consideration and planning.
Old!  Soccer Stadium/Shopping Center promoters continue efforts
Spokeman suggests provocative land uses if stadium is not built in Northfield: "a bovine slaughterhouse to a 24-hour trucking facility to a waste-treatment plant"
ABJ: "Soccer stadium plans still up in air; developers continue to consider how to fund it, whether to build in summit county or elsewhere" (25 Dec'07)
NL: "Stadium plans on hold -- for now" (26 Dec'07)
and on a related note:
NL: Nordonia "School athletic facilities plan enters fourth year in the news" (2 Jan'08)
See also: more on soccer stadium proposal.
Old!  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.
Old!  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)
Old!  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...
Old!  ABJ: "Builders want suit to proceed quickly" (28 Nov)
"A status conference was held Tuesday for a lawsuit filed by a developer against the village over claims that Boston Heights has interfered with plans to remake the former Boston Hills Country Club into a retail development. ... The development company has asked the case be moved forward immediately in light of the Nov. 6 ballot."
CPD: "Developer suing village after voters nix retail plans" (15 Nov)
CPD: "Boston Heights says no to retail plans; developer sues" (15 Nov)

HHT: "Voters keep 'big box' retail out of Boston Heights" (11 Nov)
"The lawsuit will continue until it is concluded": attorney for BHPI (developer)
See also: Village sued... zoning, big-box. and Public Meeting.
Old!  Akron-Cleveland Road Bridge load limit to be reduced 30% (28 Nov)
Engineer's 2007 Inspection Report PDF rates bridge condition "Poor".
ABJ: "Load limit lowered to 7 tons on bridge" (22 Nov)
Old!  ABJ Editorial: "Justice delayed: the legislature is straying off course in its fix for mayor's courts" (18 Nov)
HHT: "Murky future in store for Ohio mayor's courts" (14 Nov)

Mayor's Court Abolition Bill Moves Forward (9 Nov)
Contrary to pre-election rhetoric, the state measure intended to abolish Mayor's Court in Boston Heights continues to move forward, with the introduction this week of Substitute Version of HB154. The intended end of Mayor's Court would be 31 December 2008, if this bill is enacted as law.

Also, State Senator Kevin Coughlin has introduced the corresponding bill to the Ohio Senate:
ABJ: "Legislator wants end to mayor's courts" (9 Nov)
Old!  ABJ: [Councilor-elect Scott Foss] "Returns make him 3-for-3" (12 Nov)
Old!  New in town: U.S. Wings, soon to be moving into Boston Heights on E. Hines Hill Road. See Nov'07 Planning mtg. (7 Nov)
Old!  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
Look! More Election Results and Details.
Old!  ABJ Editorial: "Partners with the park" (9 Nov)
"It takes a region to protect the Cuyahoga Valley"
ABJ: "National Park tries to hold back torrent" (4 Nov)
" Cuyahoga Valley officials seek nearby towns' help in eco-friendly development to stop flooding of waterways"
!  Citizens pack Public Meeting on Zoning Ballot Issues 51 & 52
Q&A by Village's lawyers on Mon 29 Oct 2007 fills Fire Station
ABJ: "Proposed retail site stirs up concern in Boston Heights" (31 Oct)
" Village officials, developer look to residents' challenges on Tuesday's ballot"
Please note: Boston Heights Overlook/BostonHeights.Org are not affiliated with the Village of Boston Heights
See older headlines below for more on this issue!

Listen to: our recording of the 29 Oct 2007 Public Meeting. Audio (29 Oct)
See: Findings of the Village's planning consultant on BHCC rezoning PDF (22 Oct)
!  Soccer stadium county tax plan on hold for now:
NL: "Development study eyed for stadium area" (24 Oct)
HHT: "Macedonia mayor asks for study of soccer stadium proposal" (19 Sep)
ABJ: " Soccer stadium project in northern Summit on back burner" (12 Sep)
"Macedonia mayor calls for study to find best use of parcels along Route 8"
ABJ: "Sketchy details leave stadium plan in play" (18 Aug)
"Summit County leaders want more information"
Scene blog: "Major League Soccer in Cleveland: Could it work?" (9 Aug)
 [Caution! Language]
ABJ Editorial: " Playing ball: Effort to put a sin tax on the fall ballot has fizzled.The bigger issue is where a soccer complex fits in county priorities" (30 Jul)
HHT: Soccer stadium "'Sin tax' vote postponed" (29 Jul)
ABJ: "Stadium issue put on hold" (28 Jul)
"Proposed tax for venue won't be on fall ballot"

Soccer stadium planning continues, public funds still sought:
HHT: "Annexation of proposed stadium land in the works" (25 Jul)
"Macedonia would get land, share taxes with Northfield Center and school district"
CPD: "Macedonia planning for soccer" (21 Jul)
NL: "Annexation agreement would make way for soccer stadium" (23 Jul)

ABJ: Summit County "Council considers tax to fund stadium" (5 Jun)
NL: "New sin tax proposal for stadium on county's agenda" (4 Jun)
ABJ: "County Council to weigh `sin' tax" (2 Jun)
"Alcohol, cigarette sales would aid stadium plan"

NL: "Soccer in area still a goal, says developer" (16 May)
CPD: "Cleveland on league radar" (6 Apr)
!  National Park to End Visitor's Center Operation
ABJ: Happy Days "Visitor center to change role" (19 Oct)
"Park service to reorganize Happy Days building Jan. 1, closing front desk but keeping special events"
!  Council Meeting News (10 Oct)
Village maintenance crews will periodically pick up leaves left at the curb this Autumn; according to Mayor McFall, there is no specific schedule nor need to call for pickup.

ABJ: "Council Rejects Plan to Rezone Parcels" (12 Oct)
Land east along Olde Eight from Hines Hill to the Turnpike will stay Office/Professional.
Previously:
ABJ: "Two Zoning Issues Concern Residents" (11 Aug)
ABJ: "Two Public Hearings set..." (7 Aug)
!  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.
!  BP Station at Boston Mills *CLOSED* to make way for Route 8 project (17 Sep)
Previously...
BP Station at Boston Mills to stay open after all - 'til September
ABJ: Boston Heights "BP station and store get closing reprieve" (25 Jun)
"Busy location on Route 8 to be open for summer"
HHT: "BP station stays in business" (17 Jun)
!  WSL: "County Council sends message to state politicians" (23 Aug)
WSL: "Mayor’s court bill generates discussion" (16 Aug)
Ohio House Bill HB154 would end Mayor's Court; County Rep. Nick Kostandaris opposes
ABJ: "No court means blow to budget" (16 Jun)
"35 percent of revenue would be forfeited for Boston Heights"
   
!  New independent Boston Heights website announced: a collaborative wiki:
Boston Heights Wiki (8 Aug)
!  Council tables income tax increase 'indefinitely' (1 Aug)
 One-time funds from ODOT right-of-way purchase expected to bolster Village finances until the fate of Mayor's Court is determined.

ABJ: "State to Buy Village Parcel for $430,000" (10 Aug)
ABJ: "Income tax hike won't be on ballot" (3 Aug)
ABJ: "Income Tax Hike Won't be on the Ballot" (3 Aug)
!  HHT: "Woodridge plans for larger student population" (25 Jun)
!  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.
See Court of Common Pleas civil case # CV-2007-07-4696
The complaint document can also also be read here.
!  ABJ: Russ Pry: "Pry named county executive" (13 July)
 "Democrats vote 201-38 for party chairman over Summit council member"

Village Council appoints new Solicitor / law director (13 Jun)
Michael Cassetty is an associate of former long-time Solicitor Russell Pry, and has been acting as the Village's prosecutor at the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court for some time.
ABJ: Boston Heights "Village Council names new solicitor" (14 Jun)
ABJ: "2 Dems eye top Summit County position" (8 Jun)
ABJ: County Executive McCarthy announces retirement (12 Jun)
   
!  UPDATE: Resident petition signatures submitted to overturn big-box zoning change (13 Jun)

ABJ: "Rezoning issues could be on ballot" (24 May)
"Residents ... circulate petitions after council designates old golf course for retail"
Residents may seek referendum on big-box buildings as well

HHT: "Boston Heights residents want country club rezoning on ballot" (13 May)
ABJ: "Petitions delivered in Boston Heights" (8 May)
"Residents want referendum on golf course redevelopment placed on ballot"
 
!  Council Meeting News (9 May)
Council modifies, approves big-box buildings for Retail Business districts, denies big-box to General Business zoning districts.
HHT: "Boston Heights Council approves some 'big box' retail" (13 May)

Mayor McFall announces BP Oil at Boston Mills Road to close permanently on Mon, 4 Jun 2007. HHT: "BP at Boston Mills Road to close June 4" (16 May)
UPDATE: as of 8 June, the BP Oil station is still open for business.
HHT: "BP station stays in business" (17 Jun)
!  NL: "Don't hold breath waiting for fire consolidation" (16 May)
NL: "And the fire survey says ..." (27 Apr)
NL: "Communities to review fire study" (18 Apr)
Area fire protection study reviewed at public meeting in Macedonia, 19 Apr 2007, 7PM.
Previously...
!  Tuesday Election: Hudson Schools PIF Levy PASSES 54% for, 46% against.
HHT: "School levy passes" (9 May)
HHT: Hudson "School Board places levy on spring ballot" (14 Feb)
HHT: Hudson School "District to seek replacement levy" (23 Jan)
!  NL: Route 8 project: "Barrels, barrels everywhere" (2 May'07)
CPD: "Ohio 8 work is a detour to frustration" Mon, 23 April thru mid-2009 (25 Apr'07)
NL: "Twinsburg Road closing at Route 8" Mon, 23 April thru mid-2009 (19 Apr'07)
See also: more on Route 8 upgrade project...
!  Zoning Public Hearing held this past Monday:
Developer weighs in for, residents against, big-box anchors in General Business. (30 Apr)
News: PC recommends against big-box retail in General Business (7 Mar)
!  Mayor Ray McFall: "I will not run" (17 Apr)
At April's Council meeting, long-time Mayor McFall announced that he would not seek re-election in this November's mayoral election.
!  Village Council rezones 39% of Boston Hills Country Club to Retail Business. (11 Apr)
Residents vow to bring referendum on the rezoning to the ballot.
Residential Conservation zoning also adopted, but smallest lots rejected and smaller bonuses permitted.
HHT: "Boston Heights allows retail at golf course site". (15 Apr)
HHT: "Boston Heights residents not pleased with rezoning". (15 Apr)
ABJ: "Boston Heights rezoning allowed; Village Council backs proposal to redevelop golf course property" (13 Apr)
Village residents hope to thwart golf course rezoning (9 Apr)
!  HHT: Hudson & Boston Heights "Planning committees to share ideas". (15 Apr)
!  Village Council / Planner Work Session Held on Rezoning Issues:
Consultant David Hartt recommends retail rezoning and residential conservation district plan "for this site" (10 Apr)
!  ABJ: Residents speak about retail plans (28 Mar)
Notes on Monday's public meeting on big-box retail zoning.
!  ABJ: Council OKs planner to review proposal (22 Mar)
Will review the proposal to redevelop the former Boston Hills Country Club
!  NL: Chiefs devise response plan (22 Mar)
Boston Heights to handle fire & EMS calls off Twinsburg Road.
!  ABJ: New standard set for buffer zones (17 Mar)
Commercial buildings' height restricted within 300 feet of residential areas.
!  ABJ: Rezoning of resort [sic] protested (24 Feb)
Park officials opposing plans for projects in Boston Heights
!  HHT: "Park: Towns should unite to protect land" (21 Feb)
Developments planned for hundreds of acres in the Brandywine Creek watershed pose a threat to water quality in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, according to park Superintendent John Debo.
Look! Cuyahoga Valley Nat'l Park: Comments and Objections to VBH Zoning Changes for Boston Hills Country Club and the Brandywine Watershed. (21 Feb)
!  ABJ: Rezoning plan meets opposition (16 Feb)
Residents say they chose village to escape large developments
!  NL: Nordonia Schools sought new tax deal on stadium plan (21 Feb)
!  CPD: Lack of money may detour construction access road (14 Feb)
!  ABJ: Route 8 shuffle on the horizon (10 Feb'07)
Extensive construction project aims to lessen congestion in northern Summit; expect closures
See also: more on Route 8 upgrade project...
!  ABJ: Rezoning plan is modified (9 Feb)
Planning Commission recommends OK for big-box anchor stores. (7 Feb)
!  ABJ: Route 8 access road wins support (9 Feb)
State, federal money would pay for design
!  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...
!  NL: "Proposed stadium could require revisions to Route 8 freeway plans" (24 Jan)
!  CPD: "Developers covet land in rural Boston Hts." (12 Jan)
 "Shopping, homes, hotel proposed"
!  NL: "Annexation possible after failed rezoning" (10 Jan)
 Developer of proposed Boston Hts mall near Ashbrooke West talks annexation of Northfield Ctr land to Boston Hts, or Macedonia.
!  NL: "Proposed tax for stadium off state agenda"
      "Developer: Public support essential" (28 Dec)
ABJ: "Soccer stadium [tax] proposal dead" (19 Dec'06)
ABJ: "Soccer questions answered" (17 Dec'06)
 "Where would money for stadium, retail complex come from; where would it go?"
!  Macedonia/Northfield Soccer Stadium Plan Unveiled
with large retail/hotel development, just north of Boston Heights
CPD: Ohio 8 stadium could draw 2 million, study says (1 Dec'06)
CPD: Tax likely for soccer complex (30 Nov'06)
ABJ: Summit Soccer Stadium...Public dollars part of financing (1 Dec'06)
ABJ: Soccer sports complex proposed (1 Dec'06)
ABJ: Outdoor retailer could be key to development (1 Dec'06)
Crain's: Soccer stadium plans unveiled (1 Dec'06)
WKYC: Summit Co. could soon be home to a 20,000 seat soccer stadium (30 Nov'06)
See also developer Wolstein Group's website: www.neoprosoccer.com.
!  Channel 19 probes Boston Heights dog breeder (video). (17 Nov'06)
!  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)
!  ABJ: Cuyahoga Valley Nat'l Park "Deer densities climb in park" (4 Oct)
"3 public meetings set to talk over methods for thinning valley herd"
ABJ: CVNP "Meetings planned; deer in spotlight". (14 Sep'06)
ABJ: CVNP "Park to reopen debate on reducing deer herd". (14 Sep'06)
!  Boston Hills Country Club sold & closed--
residential-zoned acreage purchased by Boston Hills Property Investment LLC which proposes rezoning & retail/residential development of golf course. (3 Oct'06)
!  Southeast corner of Hines Hill & Olde Eight sold --
9 acres (zoned Office-Professional) purchased by Boston Hills Property Investment LLC which proposes rezoning & retail/residential development of Boston Hills Country Club across the street. (2 Oct'06)
!  N-L: Plans sought for Route 8 bypass
... through Boston Heights between Hines Hill & Twinsburg Roads. (27 Sep'06)
!  ABJ: Hudson Schools: "Superintendent resigns after rocky relationship with board". (26 Sep'06)
!  N-L: Second ‘lifestyle center’ planned: Tax dollars requested for access road to shopping, offices, condos.
... including 150 acres in Boston Heights. (20 Sep'06)
!  N-L: Soccer Stadium: More sports complex details outlined: City Council questions terms of finance request. (20 Sep'06)
!  N-L: Northfield ‘Lifestyle’ retail center proposed : 51-acre rezoning needed as part of 200-acre development plan ... including 782,000 sq.ft. of retail, office and hotel in Boston Heights, between Route 8 and the Ashbrooke West neighborhood. (13 Sep'06)

!  Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Developer's plan "detrimental" to park. (7 Sep'06)
!  Developer proposes Shopping Center zoning and higher-density residential PDA zoning for Boston Hills Country Club. (6 Sep'06)
!  Plain Dealer: "Boston Heights proposal irks residents" (26 Aug'06)
"Homes, discount shops to replace country club"
!  Boston Hills Country Club to be sold & closed in October (3 Aug'06)
Developer plans shopping center, and 100 houses on 0.4-1 acre lots.
Also: see the article in the Hudson Hub-Times, Wed. 16 Aug 2006.

 
!  Boston Heights Riparian Setback Map (PDF) released. (22 Aug'06)
!  Top crash site list includes Boston Mills Rd. (24 Aug'06)
!  Hudson Hub: "Another School Board member resigns" (23 Aug'06)
Hudson School Board member Karen Capone-Sheer resigns. (23 Aug'06)
Hudson Hub: Hudson School "Board newcomer targets communication" (23 Aug'06)
Hudson Hub: Hudson School "Board newcomer targets communication" (9 Aug'06)
Hudson Hub: Hudson "School Board selects new member" (6 Aug'06)
Hudson Hub: Hudson School Board member resigns (12 Jul'06)
Hudson Hub: "Board member added, another resigns" (12 Jul'06)
!  ABJ: "Summit gets more lifesaving devices" (18 Aug'06)
"Every law enforcement cruiser within county to carry defibrillator"
!  Hudson Hub: "Task force targets speeders, drunken drivers" (2 Aug'06)
!  N-L: "Cleveland water rates increasing: Customers to pay... more (16 Jun'06)
See also: Cleveland Division of Water, which serves Boston Heights.
!  Council votes to participate in fire services study. (15 Jun'06)
Previously...
!  Fire Station Addition bids are in: $350K-$426K !. PDF.
Finance Committee reviews bids Wed., 13 June: 'No dough, no go'.
Architect to rework plans to target re-bids under $290K. (13 Jun'06)
!  Air Power of Ohio completes move to Boston Heights (12 Jun'06)
Also see the PC/BZA meetings of Jun'05 and Nov'05.
!  Of interest: Major Landowners in Boston Heights PDF. (25 Jun'06)
!  Village Council adopts Riparian Setback Ordinance PDF. (11 May'06)
!  Boston Heights targeted for soccer / shopping center complex:
N-L: "450 acres eyed for stadium district" (3 May'06)
!  Hudson school levy FAILS: 38% for, 62% against.
Nordonia school levy PASSES 53% for, 47% against.
(3 May'06)
!  CPD: "Nordonia Hills would use developer's lump-sum payment for sports complex" (28 Apr'06)
N-L: "Stadium complex plans proceed: Schools accept offer" (26 Apr'06)
ABJ: "Nordonia board OKs soccer deal" (25 Apr'06)
!  Hudson Hub: "Village puts damper on developer’s plans" (17 Apr'06)
"Council denies zoning change that would have allowed 382-home project"
Village Council votes down PDA zoning proposal (12 Apr'06)
!  ABJ: "Soccer plan would pay: Nordonia Hills board to vote..." (18 Apr'06)
N-L: "[Nordonia] Schools bargain for football stadium, fields" (19 Apr'06)
N-L: "[Nordonia] Schools see soccer complex financing plan" (29 Mar'06)
!  CPD: "Fire departments will share resources" (31 Mar'06)
N-L: "Communities want fire ‘consolidation’" (29 Mar'06)
!  ABJ: "Residents kick about soccer park" (15 Mar'06)
N-L: "Stadium proposal criticized" (22 Mar'06)
N-L: "New football complex promised for schools" (1 Mar'06)
N-L: "Schools may seal soccer complex fate" (15 Feb'06)
N-L: "Soccer stadium still possible for area" (1 Feb'06)
!  Hudson Hub: "Village planners deny zoning for 382 homes" (8 Mar'06)
Planning Commission votes NO on high-density zoning. (2 Mar'06)
National Park calls for conservation zoning, open space. PDF (2 Mar'06)
!  Developers propose PDA zoning code for golf course PDF (22 Feb'06)
New code would allow < 1/2A lots, plus cluster homes & town houses.
!  Macedonia's Mayor Kuchta pushes Pro Soccer Stadium (17 Feb'06)
!  CPD: "Soccer Stadium Proposed on Route 8" (10 Feb'06)
!  Soccer Stadium Plans Surface Again (9 Feb'06)
!  Council repeals residency requirement for Village Firefighters (18 Jan'06)
!  Village Council resurrects official newsletter; contact the Village Hall if you did not receive a mailed copy of the "Boston Heights News". (4 Jan'06)
!  National Park objects to Boston Hills CC development plan. PDF (6 Dec'05)
!  Krejci Dump Plan Modifications to Address Boston Heights Issues (12 Oct'05)
!  CPD: "Boston Hts. development would double population" (21 Nov'05)
!  Developers proposed high-density housing & retail for golf course (1 Nov'05)
!  N.Summit development; CPD: "Green space loses ground" (31 Oct'05)
CPD Editorial: "Looking Downstream" (7 Nov'05)

Soccer Stadium Soccer Stadium (5 May'06)
Route 8 Route 8 Upgrade (14 Nov'05)
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PDA! Thu, 17 Apr'14, 3:30PM :  Applications Deadline: Planning/Zoning for May 2014
PDA! Mon, 21 Apr'14, 5PM :  Council Road Committee Meeting — Village Hall
PDA! Tue, 22 Apr'14, 6:00PM :  Council Economic Development Committee Meeting — Village Hall
PDA! Tue, 22 Apr'14, 6:30PM :  Village Council, Special Meeting — Village Hall
 Agenda & Ordinances PDF
 This is the 2nd reading of the ordinances authorizing notes in anticipation of issuing bonds for the various capital improvement projects, including roads and water lines.
PDA! Tue, 22 Apr'14, 7:00PM :  Council Finance Committee, Regular Meeting — Village Hall
PDA! Thu, 1 May'14, 7PM :  Council Lands & Buildings Committee Meeting — Village Hall
PDA! Thu, 1 May'14, 7:45PM :  Park Board / Rec. Advisory Commission Meeting — Village Hall
PDA! Sun, 4 May 2014, 8AM-1PM :  Valley Firefighters Ass'n Pancake Breakfast — Valley Fire Station
 Click here for details & poster
 
PDA! Mon, 5 May'14, 7PM :  Fairview Cemetery Association — Fire Station
PDA! Tue, 6 May'14
        6:30AM-7:30PM :
 Primary Election — Woodridge School Levy
Village Hall offices will be closed during polling.
PDA! Wed, 7 May'14, 7PM :  Planning & Zoning, Regular Meeting — Village Hall
 May '14 application deadline: Thu, 17 Apr'14, 3:30PM
PDA! Tue, 13 May'14, 7PM :  Village Council, Regular Meeting — Village Hall
 This Council meeting agenda has not yet been posted.
PDA! Sat, 17 May'14, 9AM :  Boston Heights Community Yard/Rummage Sale — Matthews-Thomas Park
PDA! Tue, 20 May'14, 6PM :  Council Safety (Police & Fire) Committee Meeting — Village Hall
PDA! Wed, 21 May'14, 7PM :  Village Comprehensive Zoning Plan Committee — Village Hall
PDA! Mon, 26 May'14, 8:30AM :  Memorial Day Parade & Service — Fairview Cemetery
PDA! Fri, Every Week, 7AM :  Residential Trash Pickup Day: Friday!
 (except holiday weeks: Saturday)

also: Curbside Recycling Info.


ODOT has declared the Route 8 upgrade project officially completed as of 12 Oct 2011. Phase 1 to the north (Twinsburg Road to I-271) was completed several years ago. Phase 2, in Boston Heights, began early in 2009 and, as of Winter 2010, all roadways and ramps and bridges were complete and open for traffic. Resuming in Spring 2011, additional paving and landscaping and other finishing steps have been completed.
Dean Memorial Parkway was dedicated on 22 July, 10AM.
(12 Oct 2011)

Route 8 Project



  Village Pool Info Village Pool Open Late May to September
Hours are 12Noon-8PM for general swim, plus 11AM-12Noon adult swim period.
The Village's swimming pool is at Matthews-Thomas Park, 6737 Olde Eight Road.
Click here to get the Park Pavilion Use Agreement  PDF

  Park Matthews-Thomas Park & Village Events

The Village Park Board generally meets at 7PM on the first Thursday of each month, at the Village Hall.
More on: Matthews-Thomas Park & Pool. Find 'M-T Park' on the map -- 6737 Olde Eight Rd.

  Trash Village contracts with Kimble Co. (J&J Refuse Inc.) for exclusive residential trash pickup, recycling

Update: Starting in June 2013, Kimble Co. will require all Boston Heights residential trash pickup customers to put trash out only in the 96-gallon wheeled totes. New totes will be supplied to all customers that previously used bags or cans, during the first week of June 2013. (All customers will now also pay the tote-service price, which is a little more than the old can-service price.) In addition, Kimble will supply all residences with a new 64-gallon recycling tote that can be put out when full. More types of plastics can now be recycled, as well. Pickup will continue to be Fridays at 7AM, except for certain holiday weeks.
Read: The Village's
2013 Kimble Trash Hauling Notification Letter. PDF (5 Jun'13)


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!
Due to an increase in the state tax on landfill use, J&J Refuse Inc. will impose a small increase to the residential service fees on future billings after July 2009.

Read: The Village's 2007 Trash Hauling Notification Letter. PDF (15 Mar'07)

  Boston Heights News Boston Heights News
Village newsletter available here: (not a publication of Boston Heights Overlook)
Boston Heights News, April-June 2013 PDF
Boston Heights Officials List - 2013 PDF

Back issues:
Boston Heights News, January-March 2012 PDF
Boston Heights News, October-December 2011 PDF
Boston Heights News, November/December 2010 PDF
Boston Heights News, September/October 2010 PDF
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Boston Heights News, May/June 2010 PDF
Boston Heights News, March/April 2010 PDF
Boston Heights News, January/February 2010 PDF
Boston Heights News, November 2009 PDF
Boston Heights News, September 2009 PDF
Boston Heights News, May/June 2009 PDF
Boston Heights News, March/April 2009 PDF
Boston Heights News, January/February 2009 PDF
Boston Heights News, November/December 2008 PDF
Boston Heights News, September/October 2008 PDF
Boston Heights News, July/August 2008 PDF
Boston Heights News, May/June 2008 PDF
Boston Heights News, March/April 2008 PDF
Boston Heights News, February 2008 PDF
Boston Heights News, January 2008 PDF
Boston Heights News, December 2007 PDF
Boston Heights News, November 2007 PDF

  PC/BZA Planning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals Meetings
Look! Click here for PC/BZA information, meeting notes & Zoning Code & Map.

Regular monthly meeting: PDA!  7PM every 1st Wed., Village Hall.
Look! Deadline for PC/BZA Applications is no later than 20 days in advance of meeting date, by 3:30PM.

  Village Council Village Council Meetings
Look! Click here for Council information and notes from previous meetings.

Regular Council Meeting: PDA!  Meeting monthly, 7PM every 2nd Tue., Village Hall.
Council Finance Committee Meeting: PDA!  Meeting monthly, 7PM 4th Tue. (Dec: 3rd Tue.), Village Hall.

  Recycle 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.

Keep bringing your aluminum cans to the Village Fire Station; these go to fund the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children program.

Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center:
Summit County residents only: recycle paint, pool chemicals, pesticides, used oil, computers & supplies, etc.
Map! 1201 Graham Road, Stow OH (Behind ex-Carter Lumber near the Graham Rd Exit off of Rt 8).
Open 3 July, 10 July - 26 September 2012, Tue. 1:00PM-4:00PM & Wed. 6:30PM-9:30PM.


  Schools Boston Heights School District
Boston Heights is served by three school districts Map!:
School Districts Nordonia Hills City School District at the north,
Woodridge Local School District at the west,
and Hudson City School District at the east.

For more information on Boston Heights' contributions to, and impacts on, the Hudson City School District, please see our 2004 white paper : A Boston Heights Perspective PDF.
Also see: Hudson City, Boston Heights Meet on School Growth Management. (8 Nov'05)

  $ Property Tax, Income Taxes Due
Summit County property taxes due by 21 February 2014; click here to look up your current property tax bill.

Boston Heights Income Tax estimated payments are due quarterly; pay online at the RITA website.
Boston Heights Income Tax returns are due by 15 April 2014; residents and workers must file with RITA.
BE SURE YOU ARE FILING AS A RESIDENT OF BOSTON HEIGHTS! Not by your mailing address of Hudson, Peninsula, or Northfield.
Visit the Village Hall (Boston Mills Road) for RITA Income Tax filing forms, or click here for Village Income Tax Code and forms PDF
  Zoning Map Village Zoning: 2011
Village Zoning Code
Village Zoning Map: [GIF Image] or [PDF Document] PDF. (30 Jan'06)
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  Archive News Archive, including Events, Elections, Obituaries (23 Sep 2013, Carol Zeman).
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