County roundup: Rootstown approves charging stations for electric vehicles, plus news from Deerfield, Paris and Palmyra

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The township hired a new fire chief, Scott Dean, at a special meeting March 27. It is a permanent, part-time position. Dean was previously the fire chief in Beloit. It is still to be determined when he will be sworn in. The acting chief, Vaughn Sutcliffe, is retiring.


The Deerfield Fire Department held a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny March 25 at Town Hall. The Deerfield Civic Association held an Easter Egg hunt immediately after breakfast.

“It was a very successful event,” township Chair Ed Dean said.


The township approved a resolution to install a street light at the corner of state Route 225 and Gilbert Road at a cost of $1,696.19.

“Ohio Edison will install the street light pretty quick,” township Chair Dave Kemble said. “It’s an intersection that we wanted to have lighted because it’s dark going through there at night. It’s a dangerous intersection, so it’s a good safety improvement for the township.”


Five Paris firefighters attended a Rail Safety and Emergency Response Training session in Bellevue April 1.

“It was a nice thing,” Kemble said, “because we do have a good rail line going through the township.”


The township approved a zoning resolution that will allow access to charging stations for electric cars in residential and commercial areas.


A dog park for large and small dogs will be opening soon at Rootstown Community Park.

“The fencing is up, but we still have the rules and regulations to do,” township Vice Chair Dave McIntyre said. “We also need to put some more topsoil in for the grass. The grand opening is yet to be determined, but we’re looking at July or August.”


The township will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at Palmyra Park. There will be candy, prizes, games and photos with the Easter Bunny. The event is geared toward children 13 and under. Admission is free.

Roger Gordon
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