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
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
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
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.