Kent Council Committee approves on two project to get funded by the OPWC

Sara Al Harthi Last night at the recent Council Committee Meeting on October 7th 2020 the service department requested the council’s approval to submit two funding applications and to perform the agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission. The Ohio Public Works Commission administers projects was created 35 years ago from two major groups of projects including infrastructure funding for roads, bridges, water supply, wastewater, solid waste, and storm water in addition to greenspace conservation and riparian restoration. See below for overviews of our major funding sources. According to the OPWC funding program, Funding is provided through grants, loans, and loan assistance or local debt support. Grants are available for up to

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Changing floodplain, changing attitudes

The City of Kent updated floodplain boundaries for the first time since the 1970s. The new floodplain is a drastic change and affects numerous Kent residents. By Julie Selby & Melinda Stephan Kent’s topography is changing, and with it residents’ attitudes. City Engineer Jim Bowling’s office has been working on updating Kent’s floodplain for about five years now. Update desperately needed “Since 1977, there has been no update to any of the hydraulic calculations to the city of Kent,” Bowling said. This means Kent hasn’t had an accurate picture of how intense rain or flooding could affect its residents in nearly 40 years. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR)

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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 highlights coyote problem in Kent

Story by: Chelsey Milkovich and Martin Harp Video by: Jenson Strock The March 18 City Council meeting highlighted the coyote problem in Kent, as well as favored motions concerning road construction work, creating an online city checkbook viewer, and pursuing and researching sidewalk snow removal alternatives for the future. James Alekna, resident of Forrest Lake in Kent brought the coyote problem of Shady Lakes to the Council’s attention. “The coyote presence around Shady Lakes is extremely prevalent,” Alekna said, after spotting the coyote’s take down a deer. “We are concerned for the pets of the city as well as the people of the city. This is a problem that should

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New police station marks end of an era on College Avenue

By: Danielle Hess With unsuitable jail accommodations and the wear and tear of time, the Kent Police Department is set to begin the construction of a new facility, to be located on East College Street, in August 2015. Eugene Roberts, public service director for the city, said the building itself would cost around $10 million, and building demolitions of existing structures, site acquisitions, environmental documents and the design of the new department would cost $7 million. Seventeen residential structures will be demolished to make room for the new police department. Roberts said East College Street was number two in the ranking for the best location. End of an Era Video

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Portage County unveils new recycling plan, Kent first to commit

Story by Katie Nix Audio by Rachel Smeaton The City of Kent has committed to continuing its relationship with the Portage County Solid Waste Management District and utilizing the organization’s new recycling plan. “The city’s history of partnership with the county was an important factor in renewing our commitment with the Portage County Solid Waste Management District,” Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said. “The City of Kent has a proud environmental heritage and Kent was one of the first communities in Ohio to start recycling back in the 1970s. In those early years private recycling companies didn’t exist but Portage County stepped up to be the City’s recycling partner and that

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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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Tom Wilke starts as new Economic Development Director

Audio by: Aja Phillips Story by: Julia Adkins   As of January 2015, Tom Wilke started his new position as the economic development director for the City of Kent. The City of Kent began to accept applications for the position in 2014, after the loss of previous economic development director Dan Smith. “The city’s Human Resources Manager, Elizabeth Zorc, posted a notice that state the City was accepting applications for the position in the newspaper, on the city website and sent the notice to several economic and community development organizations for posting on their respective websites,” said Community Development Director Bridget Susel. The city had received 15 different applications for

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