September e-Grapevine
We had the opportunity and honor to sit down with two of our former Fire Chiefs last week. They had some amazing stories to tell about the history of the Concord Township Fire Station. It was amazing to see how these two chiefs built and grew the station to where it is today and why they see a dire need of getting new stations for our current department.
 
Please take a moment and listen to their story
Why it’s Important to Take Action Now with the Fire Station Project
Now is the best time to move forward with building new fire stations for our community for several reasons. “Protecting our firefighters is critical, especially when there is a pandemic, so the community has safe and healthy first responders who are ready to serve and protect. This is a much needed investment in our community’s safety. Additionally, the timing will allow the township to save money,” said Amy Lucci, Trustee.
 
The projected life of the existing facilities was estimated to be 50 years when they were built in the 1960’s. Our 60 year old stations are not up to standards nor are they adequately sized or capable of housing all of the emergency equipment and vehicles necessary for today’s emergency responses. Further, the buildings do not have any place for necessary decontamination for our first responders. They are currently forced to perform that function in the garage or driveway. The Concord Fire Department has only one zone—a “Hot Zone” with no decontamination area and no storage for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Fire departments are now designed to have three zones to allow for safe decontamination of deadly carcinogens which allow for removal from personnel after a fire or when responding to calls which expose responders to blood, chemicals, radiation or biological toxins.
 
Additionally, building in this economic climate is ideal. With very low interest rates and construction costs stabilized, we can secure rates and bids that allow us to get more for our money. “The current drop in interest rates and a slowing of the commercial construction market offer the township an opportunity to further reduce the cost at a time when over half the township will not see an increase to their taxes with the expiration of the Morley Library levy,” said Amy Dawson, Fiscal Officer.
Since 2020 is a Presidential election year, there are no Board of Election costs to place the levy on the ballot which will save us $24,000. 
 
If we were to delay this project any longer, it could likely become more of a financial burden on our residents along with an even more serious health and safety issue for our first responders. Our Board of Trustees collectively agrees that due diligence has been done to prove the project’s worthiness to move forward responsibly. 
 
Additionally, 60% of Concord residents live in the portion of the township that pays taxes on the Morley Library Construction Levy. You may notice your taxes distributed to Morley was a little less in 2020. The remaining millage (.6mills) will be taken away on your 2021 bill. Basically, the Morley levy and the Township Bond Issue for the Fire Stations are going to be about the same. So, the Morley levy will expire before the Fire bond issue would begin. The $8 million bond issue for the fire station will be .6mills. So, 60% of residents in the township will see no increase in their taxes at all with this bond issue. 
 
Please contact us with any questions:
 
Please feel free to contact Fire Chief Sabo at 440-354-7503 or firechief@concordtwp.com, Township Administrator Andy Rose at (440) 354-7513 or arose@concordtwp.com or our trustees at the following:

Morgan McIntosh mcintosh@concordtwp.com
Carl Dondorfer cdondorfer@concordtwp.com
 
The Service Department has had a busy construction season. The concrete crew has been out making many repairs to the concrete roadways throughout the township. Our asphalt repair crews have been out crack sealing and dura- patching throughout the township to prolong the life of the roadways. Ditch maintenance and storm water projects are some of the other operations that the Service Department has performed. As we move from summer into fall, the Service Department will continue to make repairs to our roads as the weather permits, while getting ready for the upcoming winter season.

The Yard Waste Dumpster, located at the Service Department, continues to get steady use by the residents of Concord Township. Yard Waste can be dropped off in the dumpster Monday thru Friday from 7:30am- 2:30pm. All Yard Waste shall be in biodegradable paper bags and consist of leaves, grass clippings, small twigs, and weeds. The Service Department reminds residents that no plastic bags or large brush is permitted.

The Service Department would like to wish our residents a safe and healthy Fall season and remind residents with any questions or concerns to contact the Service Department at 440-350-3225 or at www.concordtwp.com
Leisure Classes in September 

  • Martial Arts for Adults and Kids
  • Tennis Lessons for Kids
  • Chalk Couture – Halloween Mini’s
  • Baton Twirling
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga for Beginners
  • Yoga Pilates Fusion
  • POUND!
  • American Mah Jongg
  • Getting Ready for Retirement
  • All Occasion Card Making
  • Autumn Grapevine Wreath
  • Remote Piano Lessons for Adults
  • Remote Ukulele Basics for Adults and Teens
Tennis For Kids
ukulele
Sign up for a class and check out the full roster of classes at https://concord.recdesk.com/Community/Program.
NEW SERIES: Won’t You Meet Your Neighbor?
Concord Air Park
Get to know local history by visiting places of interest! Get a guided tour of the legendary Concord Air Park as the first event in our new series. Join Air Park owner and former Trustee and Pilot Connie Luhta at the hangar to learn about its history and operations on Tuesday, September 29. Reservations are required – call 440-639-4650 to save your spot.
 
Remarkable Lake County
Senior Socials are back in September! 

Join Dan Maxson for a presentation on “The Place to Be in Lake County” on Wednesday, September 16 at 1pm at the Community Center. Seating is limited, so call ahead to reserve your seat. 440-639-4650 or Recreation@concordtwp.com
 
Walking Paths in Concord Township Parks
Barchester Park
Barchester Park, at 7318 Morley Road offers a recently paved, short and easy-walking experience in a quiet setting.

Concord Hills Park, at 10321 Hoose Road offers a paved walking path for those looking for hills and varied terrain.

Greenway Corridor, accessed at the Old Stone School at 7125 Ravenna Road. The Greenway Corridor is owned and managed by Lake Metroparks. Park at the Old Stone School and amble down the short path next to the Community Garden to access the Greenway Corridor near Chair Factory Falls.

Check out our parks at https://concordtwp.com/community/parks/.
Seeking Volunteers and Students in Search of Service Hours
Help attach a short wire fence to our existing perimeter fence around the Concord Township Community Garden.

Call the Recreation Department for details at 440-639-4650 or contact Recreation@concordtwp.com
Concord Township Recreation Department
Office Hours

Mondays 8am-4:30pm
Tuesdays 8am-8:30pm
Wednesdays 8am-4:30pm
Thursdays 8am-8:30pm
Fridays 8am-3pm


440-639-4650
Community Shred Day
Concord Twp. Lake County, OH | P: 440.354.7510 | F: 440.354.7511 | www.concordtwp.com