City of Kent finishes parking meter installation

The citizens of Kent heard about the new parking meters when they were proposed, they saw their posts slowly make their way in front of many of the 2-hour parking spots lining the streets of downtown Kent, and now they are finally obligated to abide by them. The city of Kent entered an agreement with the parking meter contractor IPS Group on Nov. 14 of last year, assenting to the purchase of 230 brand new Smart Meters to be installed in downtown Kent. According to a press release on Sept 22, 2014 by kentohio.org, single-space meters will be installed in 225 of the 1,150 spaces downtown. The release states that

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New City Council Definitions Will Limit the Household

By: Kristie Graybill, Pamela Marotta & Xiafan Li New city council definitions will limit the household At Kent’s City Council meeting Wednesday Night, a new law was enacted that will limit the amount of non-relatives allowed to live in certain sectors of Kent. The zoning committee’s motion was led by Bridget Susel and it proposed that no more than one non-relative be permitted to live in a residents home.   Additions Another addition to this law is that cousins will no longer will be counted as relatives. Susal explained that this law was proposed to address the amount of boarding house that have been appearing in Kent. A new definition

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Kent City Council discusses relocation of city hall

Story by Kelsey Leyva and Jason Meek, video by Jennifer Roberts Kent City offices to move from Jennifer Roberts on Vimeo.   The Michael Schwartz Center at Kent State University is among the locations being considered for temporary office space while City Hall relocates. City Hall relocation options At Kent’s City Council meeting Wednesday night, City Manager David Ruller presented the idea of Kent’s Health Department moving into the Schwartz Center. The department would get an entire floor in the building. “They essentially have 3,000 square feet available for Jeff [Neistadt] and the Health Department and they’re currently only using about 1,800 square feet,” Ruller said. It would cost about

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City council meeting Feb. 18

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed President Beverly Warren made an appearance at the Kent City Council meeting on Feb. 18, where she discussed Kent State University’s relationship with the city. Warren touched base on the status of her Presidential Listening Tour and her journey to find the “heart of Kent State.” She began the meeting with Kent State University Independent Films’ video “This is Kent” that let viewers take a look around all of the university’s new developments. Warren then thanked the members of Kent City Council for being so welcoming to Kent State students. “There are true highs and lows of being a college town, right?” Warren said

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Fundraising begins for Dan Smith Community Park

City of Kent honors Dan Smith from Jennifer Roberts on Vimeo. Story by Kelsey Leyva and Jason Meek Dan Smith, former Kent economic development director, is known by many throughout the Kent community as one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of downtown. Smith lost his life in 2014 after a year-long struggle with glioblastoma brain cancer, but those who knew him are determined to see his legacy live on. In honor of Smith, members of the Kent community have come together to transform the vacant area between Bricco and Bar 145 on Erie Avenue into Dan Smith Community Park. Fundraising for the $250,000 project began a couple weeks

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Former courthouse’s next chapter

City of Kent’s plans to redevelop By Danielle Hess With the January 7 release of a request for proposals, the City of Kent is keeping an open mind when it comes to the redevelopment of the former Portage County Municipal Courthouse. Tom Wilke, Kent’s director of economic development, said no proposals for the South Water Street property have been submitted yet, since they’re not due until March 30, but a variety of ideas have been mentioned. “I’ve heard a lot of people mention the idea of putting in a micro brewery,” Wilke said. “I do think there are some physical challenges in doing that because of the way the building

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Plans for Parking Meters Raise Concerns for Some Downtown Kent Businesses

Finding a parking spot in downtown Kent can be difficult, so the City is installing parking meters to help free up parking spaces. But some downtown businesses don’t think the meters will benefit business. TV2’s Michael Bratton shows us one business’ concern with the incoming parking meters. As Susel mentioned, the City doesn’t plan to make any money off of the new parking meters. However, if the meters do generate money the funds will be presented to Kent City Council where it will decide how to apply the funds back into the City. Map: Sidebar: Reporter’s Tweet: Contact Michael Bratton: mbratto1@kent.edu :: Connect with Michael Bratton: @mbrattontv2ksu

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Brimfield plans new fire department, raises safety and cost concerns

Anchor Intro: Brimfield Township residents discussed a new fire station at last night’s town hall meeting. Though many admitted the fire department is in need of a new facility, the likely location is stirring up controversy. TV2’s Kaitlynn LeBeau has more on the citizens’ concerns. “This is going to impact every one of you,” Brimfield Township Trustee Mike Kostensky told residents at Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting. “Whether we go forward or we don’t, it’s going to involve a bond issue.” Brimfield Township trustees are asking residents to weigh in on plans for a new fire station. The cost of the new property has residents on edge – $385,000 for 1.7

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The gap between downtown and East Main Street businesses

Group Members: Emily Crilley, Alicia Balog, Alaina Altieri, Megan Brown Walking through Downtown Kent, visitors can explore, eat and shop at new businesses that have moved to the area, seeing the work the city has done to build up downtown over the past four years. “Mostly the City works at the macro level, trying to make the downtown a great place to do business and marketing Kent in general, so that Kent is on investor’s radar screen,” Kent City Manager Dave Ruller wrote in an email. Although Ruller wrote the city doesn’t own storefront properties downtown, it works with building landlords to keep track of what places are available in

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