Trustees voted Tuesday to support a resolution opposing

By Diane Smith Record-Courier Staff Writer Published:

Trustees voted Tuesday to support a resolution opposing Akron's plan to

take up to 5 million gallons of water daily from Lake Rockwell in Franklin

Township and Streetsboro, one of Akron's main water supplies and site of

one of its water treatment plants.

The action comes on the heels of a similar resolution approved by Kent City

Council earlier this month, which then sent it to Franklin Township and

urged trustees to approve a similar resolution.

"We think diverting the water out of the Cuyahoga River is going to

impair the scenic value of the river in Franklin Township and Kent,"

said Trustee Robert Garrison. "They're going to drain the river dry

so they can serve those townships in Summit County. It's not good. We'll

fight it."

Akron wants to use the water to supply parts of Copley, Coventry and Springfield

townships in southern Summit County as part of three joint economic development

agreements. Akron's initial plans call for the water to be returned to the

Cuyahoga River in two places - both downstream of Portage County.

Because the plan would divert water from the Great Lakes watershed to the

Ohio River watershed, the Council of Great Lakes Governors must approve

it. A vote is pending.

In other business, trustees decided to go forward with the leaf pickup program

for another year, hoping this year, recycling fees will offset the program

cost.

Last year, the township contracted with Kent to pick up the leaves and have

them taken to the city's compost site. Because of higher than expected costs,

trustees had considered ending the program.

Garrison said he had received several calls from residents encouraging trustees

to keep the program because residents are growing older and have a hard

time disposing of the leaves themselves.

Trustee Keith Benjamin said he hopes this year, the township will collect

enough in recycling fees for the program to pay for itself.

Trustees also voted to forward a request to vacate a portion of Fifth Street

near Kent Street after receiving petitions from residents Brad Lane and

Charles Riley.

Lane and Riley said maps show the road dividing their backyards, but the

road is really a dead-end street that stops at their south property lines.

If the road on the map is ever built, they said, they would have increased

traffic and the township would face the expense of maintaining another road.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, trustees voted to place no-parking signs on Diagonal

Road after a resident complained cars on the street are a traffic hazard

and their drivers leave debris on the road, trespass on private property

and push their boats into Twin Lakes.

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