Coventry Trustees announce Robert Saffian as new trustee

Coventry Fiscal Officer Robert Saffian has been named the new trustee to fill the open seat following the recent passing of Tom Seese.

During the March 14 trustee meeting, the trustees announced 13 people applied for the open seat and making a decision was very difficult.

Trustee Edward Diebold said they interviewed some great applicants.

“To everyone who applied, stay involved,” Diebold said. “You don’t have to be a trustee to be involved.”

The appointment by the trustees will allow for Saffian to be a trustee through the end of the year. Saffian has decided not to run for re-election as the fiscal officer but said he will be running for trustee in November.

Since there were still two years left on Seese’s term when he passed away, whoever runs for the seat in November will be running for a two-year term. In addition, Richard Kutuchief will be running for re-election in November.

Kutuchief thanked those who applied for the position and said it was a tough group to make a choice from. He said he didn’t want him and Diebold not to decide and the decision go before a probate judge.

Anyone wishing to run for trustee in the township this fall will have to decide if they want to run for a two-year term or a four-year term.

In other business March 14, the trustees:

Approved to rescind a motion approving the requested vacation of a right-of-way located between Avalon Hills Lots 53 and 54 (793 and 799 Fowler Ave.) located on the north side of Fowler Avenue and extending into Hower Lake. Last year the township received a request for the vacation and the township sent the request to Summit County. The county’s planning department denied the request and requested a replat of the subdivision. The property owner involved said they are not interested in going that direction and dropped the request.

Approved for NMJ Technology to replace the township’s server for $11,100.

Approved an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Summit County Combined General Health District and Coventry Township for stormwater services for years 2014 through 2019 at a cost not to exceed $21,745.

Approved the payment amount of $5,400 to Perry & Associates Certified Public Accountants for the 2017-2018 audit.

Heard from Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer that the township has used 600 tons of salt so far this winter and he is confident the township can make it through the rest of winter with what they have left. He said the township did mix some sand in with the salt and his plan is to fill up the bins with salt after winter ends because he isn’t sure what the prices will be in the fall.

Heard from Stouffer also about storm cleanup as his department spent an entire week after the recent wind storm cleaning up. He said his guys cannot touch trees that have wires down nearby and they have to wait for the power company to take care of the wires first. Stouffer also advised residents to avoid any downed wires even if they are cable wires because he said sometimes the cable wires can get tangled with the power lines somewhere along the line. Residents are also encouraged to contact the township if wires or trees fall in the road so the road department can bring out signs to bock off the road.

Announced the township is planning to resurface 10 miles of road this summer. This is the most the township has done in a long time and is a direct result of the passage of the road levy. Diebold said he can’t thank the community enough for approving the levy and residents will see where their money is going in a hurry.

Announced the township is accepting mowing bids for eight different locations in the township. Information is expected to posted on the township website,

The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 11 at Town Hall.


This story was also published in The Suburbanite.