Chardon trustees approve borders

Chardon Township grew by 120 acres last week.

Chardon Township Trustees held a public hearing regarding a new legal description of the township’s boundaries last week before unanimously accepting the new borders. The new borders incorporate 120 acres owned by Ben Sage.

Mr. Sage had sued the city of Chardon for a detachment from the city into the township and won his case. He is planning a winery and farm on the property.

Trustee Michael Brown asked that the township’s zoning commission now begin writing the zoning for the agri-tourism business being planned by Mr. Sage.

Township seeking OPWC funding

Chardon Township Trustees will be seeking the state’s help in fixing Hosford Road.

Trustees debated the best course for the road repairs last week, debating whether a loan through the State Infrastructure Bank or seeking funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission would be more prudent.

In the end, trustees agreed to seek a $100,000 loan through the OPWC with a $100,000 match of local funds.

The repairs are slated for Hosford Road, between Route 44 and Ravenna Road.

Berkshire renewal levy on ballot

Voters in the Berkshire Local School District will be asked to renew a 2.5-mill permanent improvement levy this November.

The Berkshire Board of Education approved a resolution of necessity last week to place the issue on the ballot.

The levy has a five-year term and generates approximately $390,196 annually for the district, according to school Treasurer Beth McCaffrey.

County to rent Metzenbaum space

Geauga County Commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday between the Geauga County Department on Aging and the county board of developmental disabilities for use of the former workshop at the Metzenbaum Center in Chester Township.

Jessica Boalt, director for the department on aging, said the approximately 4,000-square-foot space will be used to relocate its adult day care classes. The space include a multi-purpose room, staff lounge and a side room at the center at 8090 Cedar Road.

The agreement calls for monthly payments of $285 and extends for two years, beginning July 1, 2019.

Mrs. Boalt noted that a large number of the participants in the class live along the Route 306 (Chillicothe Road) corridor.

Seniors concerned over bond issue

As Chardon Local Schools begins its campaign to pass a $77 million bond issue for a new school, it might be wise to win over the senior citizens in the district.

Jessica Boalt, director of the Geauga County Department on Aging, told Geauga County Commissioners Tuesday that her office has been receiving a number of calls from seniors who have learned of the school’s plans.

She said the seniors support education, but are concerned about their ability to pay for such a bond issue. Many, she said, expressed concerns that they are about to retire or have retired and are now living on a flat budget.

Seniors at risk of being scammed

Geauga County’s senior citizens are at an ever-growing risk of being victims of scams.

Craig Swenson, executive director of Geauga’s Jobs and Family Services, said cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation have consistently risen over the past several years. He said with many baby boomers getting ready to retire, he anticipates the numbers will continue to rise.

He said online and phone scams are becoming more sophisticated and target the elderly.

Mr. Swenson said keeping a watchful eye on seniors’ welfare involves partnering with the county department on aging, those who deliver Meals on Wheels and bankers who may report risky behavior by seniors.

Unlike children, which the agency can simply step in to protect, seniors have the right to refuse help when offered.

If a situation rises to a criminal level, Mr. Swenson said, his agency conducts an investigation and then turns it over to the county prosecutor.

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