County roundup: Davey Tree will remove trees in Paris to improve power lines after storm damage, plus news from Rootstown and Palmyra

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Paris Township contracted Davey Tree to remove 10 trees on Gilbert Road that were causing much havoc — including downed power lines — with the recent bad storms. The cost of the project is $7,200.

The township’s road department recently completed the chip-and-sealing of Minyoung Road and part of Gilbert Road plus the Paris Community Center’s parking lot.

The Paris Fire Department has applied for a $1,000 grant from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority.

Local Girl Scouts aiming to earn a Silver Award have built and installed a library book box at the Paris Community Center at 9355 Newton Falls Rd. People can take a book or leave a book in the box.

The township passed a resolution to amend its certificate of estimated resources.

“What that means is, for example,” township Chair Dave Kemble said, “the fire department had received a $1,200 grant, so when that money comes in, you have to readjust your appropriations that you’ve gotten the grant.”


Rootstown Township had to reject some bids for a building it is looking to put in at Rootstown Community Park that would have a restroom, a concession area and storage space.

“The bids came in too high, so we’re going to look to rebid it,” township Vice Chair Dave McIntyre said.

Groundbreaking recently took place for the Romeo’s Pizza/Subway building between Dunkin’ and Rootstown United Methodist Church on state Route 44.

The township composed a certificate of recognition for longtime Rootstown resident Leah Mae Sommers, who is going to celebrate her 100th birthday Wednesday, Sept. 20.

“We made a declaration that Sept. 20 is Leah Sommers Day,” McIntyre said. “We also awarded Ms. Sommers a certificate.”


Palmyra Township held its second annual Fire Department Open House on Aug. 19. It was a free community event geared toward children.

“The Portage County Sheriff’s Department brought a K-9 unit and did some demonstrations with the kids. They let the kids pet the dogs,” township Chair Tom Grund said. “The kids were able to walk around on the fire trucks, talk to the firemen and try out some fire suits. We had a bunch of games with prizes for the kids, too. There were free hot dogs and potato chips.”

About 150 people attended the event.

The township passed a resolution to chip-and-seal Scotts Corner Road, which covers approximately 2.2 miles.

“The project will be completed within a month,” Grund said.

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