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Trustees approve move towards a Community Entertainment District

December 4, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Boardman Township trustees approved a move to authorize the Notice of Application for a Community Entertainment District for the Southern Park Mall. The new district would allow the mall to continue to attract new restaurants.

Community Entertainment Districts, or CEDs, were created by Ohio lawmakers to designate bounded areas of no less than 20 acres for entertainment, retail, social, or cultural establishments.

"The Southern Park Mall made the application for this," said Township Administrator Jason Loree.

He said the Mall met the criteria of the 20 acres and the township has met the required population of at least 40,000.

What the CED designation will allow is additional liquor permits to be issued. Loree said several restaurants would love to open in the Mall, but won't because it wouldn't be able to obtain a liquor permit. Under the CED, the Mall would be able to obtain five new liquor licenses which would end up being a big draw for the restaurants. Those new licenses would only be allowed within the CED and nowhere else in the township.

Loree said there would need to be a public meeting on the issue and trustees could take action on it as early as the Dec. 30 meeting.

On a different matter, approval was given to transfer the lot at 171 Melbourne Ave. to the Boardman trustees. The move was made on the recommendation of Road Superintendent and Land Bank Manager Marilyn Sferra Kenner. The subject property has a riparian area, and according to the current Boardman Township Land Reutilization Protocols, should remain as green space.

"This is the property where the house burned down," Kenner said. "After the fire we had the structure torn down."

She said the work came through a grant and now work continues on a second grant that could help obtain three more properties. A third grant has been applied for that will help secure another 14 properties along that corridor.

Right now there is a channel with a sandstone base. Kenner said if the properties along it can be obtained and returned to green lots, they could be graded to provide for a two-stage flood control plane.

In other business:

Approval was given for the purchase of an International Cab and Chassis from Cerni Motors for an estimated $100,000; and a plow, hydraulics, spreader and dump body from Gledhill Road Machinery for $62,000. Kenner said when buying a large plow truck, it is normal to piece out the cab, chassis and other equipment.

"If we order it now, it will take nine months to build," she said. "It would be ready for next winter."

Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said he would post the new ISO rating letter, which is now at a 3, on the fire department's website. By doing so, residents and business owners can print the letter to take to their insurance agent to possibly get a reduction in premiums.

Trustee Tom Costello asked Police Chief Todd Werth about the speeding problem in the Applewood area. Werth said they have been having issues with the department's speed monitoring trailer. He said if there are funds left at the end of the year, he will look into buying a new smart trailer that can register speeds for data feedback.

Trustee Larry Moliterno said there have been a lot of new small businesses open in the township and many do not belong to the Regional Chamber that usually does a ribbon cutting. He asked if the township could do something to help those businesses have a ribbon cutting through the township. Everyone seemed in favor of moving forward with that idea.

Trustees approved moving the December meeting dates to Friday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 30 at 9:30 a.m.



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