BATH TWP.: Bath and Copley townships have been awarded a joint $50,000 Connecting Communities Planning Grant from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS).
The focus of the study will be to explore ways to improve pedestrian and vehicle access in the heavily trafficked Montrose area.
The “Montrose: North/South East/West” study will encompass a 3.25-mile area in the south of Bath Township and the north of Copley Township, including the heavily traveled roadways of I-77, state Route 18, Springside Drive, Montrose West Avenue and Cleveland-Massillon, Rothrock and Crystal Lake roads.
The study will look at bicycle and pedestrian access improvements throughout the area; transit and vehicle access improvements to nearby retail and parking locations; aesthetic improvements; signage blight; funding strategies; and the interrelated issues of sustainability and environmental impacts.
The grant request cited the lack of transportation and accessibility options in Montrose, with transportation limited primarily to vehicles and buses, few sidewalks for pedestrian access and safety, difficulties in changing zoning and confusing traffic patterns.
The Connecting Communities Planning Grant program awards funds for the study of potential improvements that promote community sustainability such as bicycle, pedestrian and transit infrastructure projects. AMATS is the regional planning agency serving the Greater Akron area of Summit County, Portage County, and Chippewa Township in Wayne County.
Bath may soon receive another grant. At Tuesday’s meeting trustees approved the recommendation of Police Chief Michael McNeely for the application to the U.S. Department of Justice for a COPS' grant.
Bath will request a grant in the amount of $53,147.81 a year for three years to fund the hiring of a police officer. If approved, the grant would provide funding for 75 percent of the salary and benefits for the officer.
Bath would be responsible for a 25 percent match of the funding, which would require an outlay of $17,715.93 a year.