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…
Chester Township Board of Trustees voted at their Dec. 31 meeting to elect new officers for 2021 appointing Walter “Skip” Claypool as the new chairman and Joseph Mazzurco as vice chairman.
CHESTER — The Zoning Commission cleared another hurdle last week in finalizing an amendment to the township’s zoning code related to farm market regulations.
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.
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.
Chester Township Trustees last week approved Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds of $166,858 to be used for salaries and benefits paid to public safety employees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chester Township Fire Department will be getting new handheld radios and mobile radios for the fire trucks through a pooled grant that township Fire Chief John Wargelin is organizing.
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.
On Monday, Jacqueline Baker and 22 other former Newbury district teachers filed a lawsuit in Geauga County Common Pleas Court against the West Geauga Local School District to recognize their seniority as teachers, which would protect them if the district chooses to reduce its number of employees.
The Board of Developmental Disabilities received the Geauga County Commissioner’s approval to award a $440,000 contract for roof repairs and replacement for the department’s administration building.
All students in the West Geauga Local School District, whether they opted for in-person or virtual instruction for the upcoming school year, may be looking at a remote start for the first three weeks of school.
As Ohio continues to recover from the recent COVID-19 shut-down, one of the most popular fitness centers in the area is poised to make a successful comeback.
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.
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.
CHESTER — Township trustees gave a nod to a tentative 2021 spending plan following a workshop during a special Zoom meeting on June 25.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrations for Memorial Day will look different across the Chagrin Valley and Geauga County this season as community leaders are forced to adjust their plans in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis.
“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.”
CHESTER – The township Police Department will be seeing new vehicles on the road after trustees agreed to purchase of two Ford Explorers from Lebanon Ford during a May 7 meeting.
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.
Chester Township is now the owner of a new riding mower and the lessee of a new copy machine thanks to action by trustees during a special meeting on April 23.
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.
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.
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…