Property owners near the recently built Newell Rubbermaid facility have been complaining about perceived sound and lighting issues caused by the building since it began operations in January.
Rhoades Estates, a company that owns property that abuts Rubbermaid, approached Brimfield trustees last week to ask for their support in asking InSite Real Estate LLC, the company that developed the facility, to provide more buffering for the residents on Howe and Estes Drive.
In the proposal to InSite, Hall and Rhoades Estate will be asking the company to provide about 335 more trees, which will cost about $42,000.
"We're asking InSite to plant bigger and more trees to provide a screen capable of providing at least 75 percent opacity (to the residents) in two years," said David Hall, president of Currie Hall Investment Co., who represents Rhoades Estates, told Brimfield trustees recently. "We're grateful for the jobs and taxes that Rubbermaid has brought to Brimfield, but it's time to step up to the plate and fix this."
The Brimfield trustees passed a resolution supporting the effort, named the Hall-Rhoades proposal.
"It's time to make InSite understand that they can't leave it the way it is," said trustee Mike Kostensky.
In other business, Robert Keller, Brimfield's fire chief, announced at the meeting that by June the department will be keeping electronic medical records of the township's residents. Keller said the department plans to purchase two electronic tablets, which officers will use when responding to a call to determine the resident's medical history, preferred hospital and emergency contacts.
So far, the township's police department has collected more than $5,000 in donations, including a check as far as St. Louis, Mo., to support security upgrades in the Field School District, said Chief David Oliver.
The department has also collected $2,000 in donations for the Shop With a Cop program that will help local less fortunate children get new clothes and supplies before they return to school at the end of the summer.
Business continues to boom in Brimfield township as McDonald's makes its move closer to S.R. 43, directly south of Speedway, and Famous Footwear, next to Marshall's on Cascades Boulevard, prepares to open on March 20.
The current McDonald's will remain open during construction. The new McDonald's will be about the same size, but have two drive-through stations.
The building's design, earth tones and brick, is part of the township's theme that was adopted about 10 years ago to make everything blend in with the clock tower at the center of town.
In addition to the new businesses, a second volleyball court will be built in the Lion's Community Park located at 4484 Edson Road. Jim Nethken, Brimfield's public works director, said the new court will be built by the time the township's summer volleyball league starts in June and cost less than $500.
"The summer volleyball league has about seven teams," he said. "They wanted another court so they don't have to finish their tournaments in the dark."
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