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The year 2020 started off on a positive note for Chester Township and for one of its residents, Elliott B. Weiss, who was a judge at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last February. Mr. Weiss moved to Chester about four years ago and was a judge for the 12th time in his caree…

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The Chester Township Planning Committee on Dec. 8 met for a third round of discussions regarding how to utilize the results of the community survey conducted by Cleveland State University.

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Members of the Chester Planning Committee last week confirmed that results of a community survey administered by Cleveland State University in May show residents like the country atmosphere of the township but would not mind more recreational activities.

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The Chester Zoning Commission last week discussed the rescheduling of the public hearing for the farm market zoning amendment.

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CHESTER—The Zoning Commission is one step closer in finalizing a new zoning amendment to the township’s zoning code related to the regulation of farm markets.

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CHESTER — Residents enjoy the rural nature of the township, especially its green landscape, parks and hiking trails. There is support for a new community center, and although commercial areas need to be spruced up, residents do not want more retail or other development.

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State Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chester Township, won another term of office after beating Democratic challenger Garrett Westhoven, a software engineer, in her re-election bid for Ohio’s 76th House District.

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CHESTER — A festive crowd was in attendance outside at the Chester Fire Department last week during a special swearing-in ceremony for six full-time firefighters.

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Former Newbury teachers now working in the West Geauga Local School District will retain their seniority, potentially sparing them from being first to the chopping block in the event of a reduction in force, according to a newly minted agreement.

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Despite their reopening plan in place, West Geauga addressed some primary concerns with the restart of schools this month amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. An established committee intends to investigate the matters further.

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The West Geauga Local School District is planning to implement two models for reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year this August, giving families the option to choose between entirely online or onsite.

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CHESTER — The resignations of two fire department employees had township trustees questioning last week how to retain firefighters that are being funded through a levy approved by voters last year to pay for six new full-time positions.

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Independence Day is normally celebrated in Chester Township with a parade, but this year the pace will be slower for what event organizer and township Trustee Walter “Skip” Claypool called a walk for freedom.

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West Geauga Local Schools rolled out two new stakeholder committees to continue the discussion of Newbury school facilities and the reopening of the 2020-21 school year.

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CHESTER — The township could see an increase in insurance premium payments due to the number of claims filed this year, a representative from CareWorks told trustees last week.

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CHESTER — More than 800 residents did not receive the community questionnaire seeking input on the township’s future due to problems with the mailing list, trustees confirmed during a special meeting on Tuesday.

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“For those who thought a virtual graduation was going to be boring, it’s not,” West Geauga Superintendent Richard Markwardt said. “It will be anything but boring, but it will also be very nontraditional.”

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Chester Township Police Chief Mark Purchase will be serving as the temporary superintendent of the township Road Department for an undetermined amount of time. Trustees approved the measure during a special meeting on April 27.

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Chester Township Trustees last week accepted the resignation of Road Department Superintendent Joe Fornaro effective May 1. Mr. Fornaro will begin a new job at the Kirtland Service Department, the trustees announced at a special meeting on April 16.

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Coming two months after the 2020 U.S. Census was initially mailed but aiming to gather data of a more qualitative nature, Chester Township has finalized a community questionnaire to be distributed to residents in May.

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Chester trustees want to know residents’ opinions about life in the township. That’s why the board plans to send out questionnaires to every household later this year. Trustees approved a contract with Weekley’s Mailing Service of Berea for $5,685 to cover printing, preparing, mailing and po…