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CHARDON — While playgrounds, workout stations, baseball fields and pickleball courts are currently open at the city’s outdoor recreation areas, the volleyball and basketball courts and the skate park will be closed until further notice, Recreation Director Adam Rogers said during a Monday meeting.

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In a year that has taken so much from people and families in Geauga County, Melanie Scanlon, executive director of local nonprofit Leadership Geauga, said her organization thought it was important to celebrate winning the Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Organization of the Year award.

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CHARDON — The Planning Commission on Monday granted preliminary approval to Sommers Development Group for its Thistlecreek Development, a 31-unit detached single-family home planned residential subdivision.

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Chardon Local School District officials on Monday unveiled an extensive back to school plan based on a color-coded, four-part model that mirrors the state’s alert system determined by the increased number of coronavirus cases in each county.

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Following recent cases of police brutality across the country and resulting protests, the Chardon Police Department is looking at daily practices as Ohio leaders push for statewide oversight through proposed meaningful law enforcement reforms.

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A crowd of residents vehemently spoke out on Monday against rezoning a residential area on Pearl Road to make way for a new cell tower during a Chardon Township Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

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The City of Chardon’s projected 2021 tax collections look about 5 percent slimmer than the previous yearly estimates, but the rest of the city finances will make up for it, Finance Director Mate Rogonjic said last week during a hearing on the 2021 spending plan.

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The playground at Chardon Township Park is once again open to the public after township trustees last week agreed to spend $2,240 on new specialty playground mulch.

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A day shy of the end of the 2020 fiscal year, the Chardon Schools Board of Education approved a number of financial and administrative items during a board meeting broadcast via YouTube on Monday.

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“I have a question for you,” Chardon City Manager Randy Sharpe said last week at the start of the State of the City meeting. “If 2020 was a drink, what would it be?” He paused. “Colonoscopy prep,” he quipped adding, “everyone must be muted because I hear nobody laughing.”

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CHARDON — “We want to make a statement that, clearly and unequivocally, our community and its leader are disturbed by the death of George Floyd,” Mayor Dan Meleski told council last week.

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Chardon Local School District officials are turning their efforts to planning for the 2020-21 academic year, and have outlined possible models of operation, Superintendent Michael Hanlon announced at the Board of Education meeting on Monday.

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Chardon’s ad hoc theater committee will soon move forward with hearing proposals from different local arts organizations who want to use the spaces that the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild formerly occupied at 101 and 106 Water Street in Chardon.

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Chardon Township Fiscal Officer Ilona Daw-Krizman told trustees last week that she pinpointed $35,000 in the township’s spending plan that could be delayed.

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The Chardon Local School District formed a back-to-school task force consisting of 30 staff members, parents and school board members, Superintendent Dr. Michael Hanlon announced last week.

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The Chardon Planning Commission recommended on Monday that City Council make an amendment to the Planning and Zoning Code in regard to temporary election signs that residents place in their yards.

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Rainfall failed to discourage patrons from heading to open-air patios as area bars and restaurants offered outdoor table service this past weekend for the first time since the state closed sit-down dining nine weeks ago to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Ten Gadsden flags bearing the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me” fluttered in the unusually cold 45-degree spring air last weekend as an estimated 100 people gathered on Chardon Square to protest statewide business closures and stay-at-home orders over the last two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

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In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to keep public school buildings closed through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, the Chardon Board of Education on Monday authorized a distance learning plan and made changes to the evaluation process for teachers.

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Many local governments are not holding public meetings remotely during the current stay-at-home order, despite the passage of House Bill 197 signed into law on March 27, allowing Ohio communities to do just that during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After two emergency meetings, the Geauga County Board of Commissioners took steps to help employees in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19, to ease community challenges associated with recent state mandates.

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CHARDON — City Council members are ready to move forward with the hiring of a commercial development firm and last week asked the company to propose a contract.

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Chardon city planners unanimously recommended last week that City Council approve a zoning change for a proposed 90-home development in the southern part of the city.

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Chardon City Council asked for quantifiable data last week to show city officials what it is getting for a $15,000 contribution to an organization promoting economic growth in the city.

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Geauga County Commissioners are seeking to remove Geauga County Probate Judge Timothy Grendell from hearing appeals on sewer assessments for two Chardon Township residents.

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About 150 business, political, community leaders and residents turned out last week to hear the State of Geauga talk that featured some of the county’s oldest traditions, some of its newest opportunities and what challenges it faces.