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The Rootstown Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Rootstown Town Hall, 3988 St. Rt. 44, Rootstown OH on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Any person interested will be afforded the opportunity to be heard on the following zoning amendment:

Section 230.05 B - Agricultural Uses
The proposed zoning amendment can be read in full here.

Jordan Michael, Zoning Assistant

The Township is seeking secretarial services for both the Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Park Commission, as well as any other ad hoc committee meetings that become scheduled. This is an immediate opening and meetings are predominately held in the evening. Interested parties should send a letter of interest and resume by December 11, 2015 to: JoAnn Townend, Fiscal Officer, 4268 Sandy Lake Rd., Ravenna, OH 44266. Rootstown Township is an equal opportunity employer.


Fall 2015

With school now under way, we support everyone who makes a successful school year possible. This includes the teachers, aides, administration, support staff, bus drivers, coaches, parents, and of course and probably most important; the students. We ask that everyone take a vested interest in our school which is a large representative of our community. Get involved with school-based processes, whether attending school academic or sporting activities, supporting the many student-based groups, volunteering in many capacities, or just having your kids prepared for school.

The Township Road Crew has been busy sealing, patching, and chipping many roads. Our road maintenance plan is continuing to work in fine order. First Energy repaired some of the roadways that their transmission line work this year had damaged. You may be seeing a new Township truck driving around. We were able to make a great deal in selling an older problematic truck and then purchase a new one. The new one is stainless steel-based which will last much longer than the old steel trucks due to its resistance to the road salt it will carry and also drive through.

Please support the Rootstown Fire Department in voting for the renewal levy this year. This levy will continue funding for our EMS unit. Your Fire Department members work and train every day to provide emergency medical services to Rootstown.

A Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) contract has been signed and we will be asking residents to be part of a group to assist the contractor in developing the CLUP. This plan is a framework to help guide Rootstown in its future plans for development-- residential and commercial.

The Trustees have created a Park Commission made up of a seven member board that answers to the Board of Trustees and provides input for moving forward the development of the Community Park. Each member will hold the position for three, four, or five-year terms and be appointed by the Trustees. The former ad-hoc Park Committee has been dissolved and we thank those residents for their time and service in getting ideas for the park started. The park is a work in progress and the Trustees want to follow the proper steps in creating a Master Site Plan so as to be most efficient and cost effective for the park development.

The Portage County Solid Waste Management District mailed out surveys, with the township's input, about curbside recycling to find out your interest in it. Not every household received the survey, but every household can submit their input. Contact a Trustee or Solid Waste Management or 330-678-8808 for your input. As of now, the cost for curbside recycling has not been set, but should be provided by the end of year. The Trustees have not committed to mandatory curbside recycling as of yet.

Do you have disaster preparation plans? Do you have enough food, water, and medication to last a short term disaster for three days? Five days? Two weeks? Being prepared for loss of utilities takes time and forethought and is essential. It may be too late when a blizzard or other weather condition occurs. The Portage County Emergency Management Agency is a good resource for planning and can be contacted at or 330-297-3607. Hopefully, Rootstown will never see such disasters or need the EMA, but we should all be prepared. As the old adage states: failure to plan is a plan for failure.

Welcome to Rootstown Township's Web Site

Rootstown Township was founded in 1802 and is located in Portage County. Rootstown provides a mixture of living environments, shopping and restaurants while still maintaining its small town character. It is also home to the Northeast Ohio Medical University. With easy access off I76, it is a desirable place for its residents to live and work.

We hope you visit our website often to keep informed of activities and notices listed above that affect the residents of Rootstown. We always welcome your comments and suggestions to make this website useful and informative to all the residents of Rootstown.