County roundup: Palmyra Communities Days event was a hit, plus news from Paris and Deerfield

Palmyra township hall and fire department. Jeremy Brown/The Portager


The township has been working with Portage County to get bids to have all the drainage and roads redone in Labelle Heights. The township is getting a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to pay for half of the cost.

“We’ll each pay $217,427.25,” township Chair Dave Kemble said. “The amount of $173,195 that we received through the Cares Act will go towards our portion of it. We’re hoping the job gets started in the fall.”


The annual township Cleanup Days were held May 20 and 21.

“It went really well,” Kemble said. “We were able to help a lot of residents out by getting rid of a lot of junk that was around their properties.”


Palmyra’s annual Spring Cleanup will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 2 and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 3 at the Palmyra Fire Department at 3956 state Rte. 225.

The cleanup is for Palmyra residents only. ID is required. Residents can bring household items such as appliances. Tires, paint and construction materials will not be accepted.


The township held its first-ever Communities Days in which seniors from Southeast High School volunteered their time by assisting in cleaning up West Cemetery and planting flowers and mulching at the cemetery and Palmyra Park. Also, a Southeast carpentry class helped build some benches at the park, including the ballfields.

“The high school reached out to us and asked if we had any projects that we could put their volunteers to work on,” township Chair Tom Grund said. “With Memorial Day approaching, the cemetery and the park are always a big task at this time of year. We were able to partner with the high school and get them cleaned up and looking good.”


The township hired a new permanent part-time fire chief, Scott Dean. Dean’s first day on the job was May 1. Vaughn Sutcliffe, the outgoing fire chief, retired.

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