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Tallmadge -- A two-story skilled nursing facility will rise in a residential neighborhood on the city's northwest side. Tallmadge City Council voted unanimously Sept. 8, approving a request by applicant LTC Tallmadge LLC for a conditional zoning certificate which would permit it to develop Heritage of Tallmadge at 619 Northwest Ave.
In April, the commission gave its backing to a proposed one-story skilled nursing facility on the site, which is owned by Yusef Khan Grotto 169. The proposal was then forwarded to City Council which voted unanimously to allow it.
However, between the time the Planning & Zoning Commission giving its approval and the time Council did, the Federal Emergency Management Agency amended its 100-year flood plain. The result is that a large portion of the 11-acre site on which the nursing home would rise is in the newly delineated flood plain. That means the previously proposed one-story facility will no longer fit on the site outside of the flood plain, according to T. David Mitchell, a partner with Brenner Kaprosy Mitchell LLP and a member of LTC.
The plan for the facility has been revised from a 64,000-square-foot one-story structure to a two-story building, 69,214-square-feet in total. Mitchell has said the proposed facility would not change the character of the neighborhood, given its history of conditional uses.
The grotto acquired the property, which is zoned R-3 residential, in 1988 and has used the land under a conditional zoning certificate as a non-commercial recreation center.
On Sept. 8, City Council also authorized spending $41,000 the replacement of Tasers for the Tallmadge Police Department.
"The Tasers in the Tallmadge Police Department are at the end of life for that style of Taser," Mayor Dave Kline reports. Replacement parts are no longer available for them, Kline says, making it necessary to purchase an entirely new Taser when one fails.
The police department currently has 28 Tasers -- electro-shock weapons -- and intends to purchase the same number of new ones. Police Chief Ron Williams says each Taser unit and the special holster to hold it cost $1,134 -- which translates to $31,752 for 28 of them. Cartridges needed to train and arm officers adds another $10,000 to the cost.
The police department intends to use $20,000, which it received through its participation in the Summit County Drug Task Force, toward the purchase of the Tasers. The remaining $21,000 cost will come from the city's General Fund.
Council voted unanimously to expend $61,225.96 from the Water Infrastructure Fund for emergency repairs to a section of pavement on Northeast Avenue near Tallmadge Circle, which was undermined by water line leaks on Oct. 29, 2015.
Repairs were made by the H.M. Miller Construction Co., the city of Akron and the Tallmadge Water Department.
The city of Stow, which provides dispatch services for Tallmadge, recently upgraded its dispatch software. City Council approved paying Tallmadge's share of the upgrade expense: $36,239.62.
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