Summit County Council is mulling whether three Boston Township roads will be vacated - that is, shut down.
Boston Township trustees asked the county to agree to close the roads...portions of Stanford Road, Wetmore Road and Oak Hill Road, most of the roads within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
"We have a very small population, we have a high tax base, we don't have the money to maintain these roads...we just don't," Boston Townshp trustee chair Amy Anderson tells AkronNewsNow.com. "There are no residents on them to pay taxes."
Anderson says that's because the homes are occupied in a lifetime lease with the National Park Service, which doesn't pay taxes to the township.
Oak Hill Road resident Erin Alridge says residents have been in her neighborhood for decades, calling it "a pleasant place to live." She says closing the road would be a safety issue if disaster happens.
"If there needs to be more than one responding agency, the National Park, their quickest way to our home and to our neighbor's home is through that connector (on Oak Hill Road)," Alridge tells AkronNewsNow.com. "And if they vacate that, it's probably going to be an extra five or so minutes on that time to get to our homes."
It'll also cost well over 500-thousand dollars to fix a slide on Oak Hill Road.
The final public hearing on the proposed road closures will be held at Summit County Council on June 11th.
Peninsula Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the death of Thomas Mutchie who was riding a motorcycle on Northampton Road over by Akron-Peninsula Road in Boston Township Sunday evening around 6 p.m
Authorities say he lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected. Mutchie was pronounced dead at 6:42 p.m.
An autopsy will be conducted today.
Check back with AkronNewsNow.com for more information as soon as it becomes available.
People around Boston Township might be seeing some smoke coming from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but it's all planned. National Park Service Regional Fire Information Officer Mike Johnson says they're purposely burning about 7 acres today, mainly grass.
"We have certain parameters for what the wind speed needs to be, what the humidity levels are, wind direction, the amount of moister, soil and vegetation," said Johnson.
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Johnson says the burns are conducted to get rid of unwanted vegegation and encourage growth of that which is native to the area.
He says the conditions are right to allow for most of the smoke to be drawn upward.
This is one of several burns planned in the 33,000 acre park.
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