Claypool supports eliminating E-check

Chester Township Trustee Walter “Skip” Claypool urged Geauga County Commissioners last week to support a bill now at the Ohio House that will eliminate the E-check program. Mr. Claypool told commissioners that HB 247 would eliminate the program in seven counties, including Geauga, if approved by legislators.

“It’s time to unplug this program,” Mr. Claypool said.

He said the program costs $20 million for the seven counties and is an “inconvenience” for residents. In addition, he said, the program has no goals established and provides no added value for motorists.

Commissioner James Dvorak said the monitor that checks air quality in the county is located above a bus garage at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin school in Munson Township. Commissioner Timothy Lennon suggested that a better place would be Patterson Fruit Farm in Chester Township.

Planning Commission hears updates

Although the Chardon Planning Commission had no business to tend to last week, they got an update on ongoing projects.

Steve Yaney, city community development administrator, told the commission that bid opening for construction of the second phase of the Maple Highlands Trail is Jan. 27, at which time the Ohio Department of Transportation will award the bid.

He also updated the commission on the planned shelter for homeless men on Washington Street. He said Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, which will operate the home for up to 10 men, closed on the property in November. He said that the group is now rehabilitating the first floor and anticipates beginning remodeling of the second floor in the next two months.

Mr. Yaney said the city is also anticipating receiving construction documents for an approved 21-unit townhouse development on the south side of Park Avenue. The project was approved late in 2018.

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