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The Rootstown Township Zoning Commission will hold a special meeting at the Rootstown Town Hall, 3988 St. Rt. 44, Rootstown OH on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 7:00 PM, to meet with representatives from East Muzzy Lake, Sappwood Shores, and Sandy Lake.

Jordan Michael, Zoning Commission Secretary

The proposed zoning amendments for the trustees' public hearing on July 14th can be viewed by clicking here.

Due to inactivity the regular meeting of the ROOTSTOWN ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS for Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. has been cancelled.

Mary Ann Greer, Zoning Board of Appeals Secretary

The Township is creating a Community Center committee and a Community Park committee. We are looking residents interested in joining either committee and ideas on what residents would like to have available at each. E-mails are and

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 graduates! Good luck with your future plans and goals.

The Rootstown Community Park will be looking in bad shape for the next few months as the Ohio Operators Union will be moving earth to make the park area more conducive for what park lands should be used. This work will be donated to the township. The sloping land will be terraced to make level playing fields and drainage will be included. A Master Plan is being developed and an earth berm is planned to separate the park from the west side neighboring properties. The pavilions will still be accessible for use during this time.

The Rootstown Zoning Commission and Zoning Inspector office have been working very hard for our community in updating the Zoning Resolution. Many regulations are needed or are outdated. Many regulations have not been enforced as they should have been and that is also generating changes to the Zoning Resolution. This will all result in a better community for all.

The Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) contract is in its finishing stages and we will be asking residents to be a 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 Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) plans are moving forward, but no contract has yet been created. The proposed District will be located on Tallmadge Road from Rosalind Drive to Loretta Drive and on State Route 44 just south of the town center, north on SR44 to the township border. It is a revenue generating tool that townships can create in concert with local employers. It is not a property tax for anyone, but an income tax only on employers and their employees inside the JEDD. If a Rootstown resident is employed by an entity that is part of the JEDD, then they would get taxed, but there are avenues for which those residents could be reimbursed. The revenues generated from the JEDD can be used to improve the District, such as small business loans, tax abatements, infrastructure improvements, and economic development. The revenues can also be used to by the township for the park, the potential creation of a community center, increased road maintenance, and township equipment replacement to better serve you. If you have questions or concerns, please contact a Trustee and do not listen to rumors or unsubstantiated claims about the JEDD. Get the facts.

The Portage County Solid Waste Management District mailed out surveys, with the township's input, about curbside recycling to find out about your interest in it. Currently, the township recycling is at the drop-off location on New Milford Road by the railroad tracks. The cost to the township for the drop-off location is more than doubling this year. The survey is what we will go on as community support for or against curbside recycling so make your voice heard, do not let the minority survey returns make the choice. Return the postcard, contact a Trustee, or contact the Solid Waste District to let us know your thoughts. If neighborhoods or developments would already like curbside pickup now, then that option may be available, too. The Solid Waste District would supply a 96 gallon container to put all recyclables into (no separating needed) and would pick up like the garbage pickups. Curbside recycling could potentially lower your garbage bill, too, as more recycling means less trash required to be picked up. Another plus is less garbage going into our quickly shrinking landfills. No garbage haulers drop off at a Portage County landfill, but that could change very soon if recycling does not increase.

We hope you all have a great summer. Please be responsible and safe on the roads with the graduation parties, wedding celebrations, and vacation travels.

Charlestown Township Historical Society is delighted to present a night with Ralph Pfingsten, author of The History of the Ravenna Arsenal. Please join us for a night of information and pictures of the old Ordnance facility in Portage County. Books will be available to purchase. The evening begins at 6:30 pm at the Charlestown Townhall, located at 6375 Rocksprings Rd., Ravenna, Ohio 44266. Contact Patty at 330-842-2965 for more information.

New Book unlocks the mysteries of this known but yet unknown site

It's a place shrouded in secrecy. It was created in a rush on the eve of a cataclysmic event. It is ringed by barbed wire fences. It's an unlikely nature preserve. It was suggested that it become a jet port. You say the name and everyone knows of it, yet little is known about it. Do you know the place?

Now available is a comprehensive book by historian Ralph Pfingsten that covers the wondrous history of the Ravenna Arsenal. It is a facility that has been shrouded in mystery since its creation in 1940. It covers the history of the arsenal in detail from inception, its past service to our country, and present uses.

Also documented is the related Plumbrook facility near Sandusky. This book is your chance to peer inside the arsenal's security fences and see what secrets these formerly classified military facilities possessed.

More than 900 photographs and drawings illustrate this fascinating narrative. This over 340 page hardbound book is printed on heavy high gloss paper to best showcase the many rare and never seen before photographs. The book retails for $40.00. Ralph Pfingsten became familiar with the Ravenna Arsenal and Plum Brook while doing biological surveys for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. This allowed him access into these highly restricted facilities, where he was able to document what he had seen. This rare access combined with his love of history made him the perfect choice to write this book. This is the fourth book that Pfingsten has written. Previous books include: Salamanders of Ohio, The History of John Marshall High School and From Rockport to Westpark.

The book is published by the Northern Ohio Railway Museum. Like his other history books, all of the proceeds go to a nonprofit organization. In this case, the railway museum, where Pfingsten has been a volunteer for over 20 years, is the benefactor. The mission of the Northern Ohio Railway Museum is to collect, preserve, restore, display, and operate streetcars and other electric railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public. The museum owns forty two acres of land in southern Medina County, including two miles of the former Cleveland and Southwestern interurban railway. At this site the museum has built over a mile of track and three large buildings to house its collection of historic trolleys, interurbans, and rapid transit cars, most from the northern Ohio area. Further information on the book and the museum can be found on the web at: .

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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.

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