County adding security cameras in Akron – Akron Leader Publications

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County officials are hoping to reduce crime in one Downtown Akron neighborhood by installing security cameras that will monitor the area for suspicious activity.
During Summit County Council’s April 25 meeting, members passed on first reading a resolution to advertise for bids for the Public Safety Monitoring project designed to address criminal activity in an area southwest of The University of Akron (UA) bordered by West Exchange Street to the north, Grant Street to the west, Thornton Street to the south and Spicer Street to the east.
According to the legislation, the estimated $1.4 million project includes an agreement with the cities of Akron and Fairlawn and UA to install 36 cameras mounted on existing utility poles and new poles to be added. These cameras will be connected by an existing fiber network, with new lines to be added where needed, and will be operated by an enhanced software system that includes license plate recognition and 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week monitoring. Community policing partners will have potential access to the surveillance videos, according to the legislation.
Lori Pesci, deputy director of public safety for the county, stated the project was the culmination of a two-year effort.
Also at the meeting, Council approved the list of routine legislation. For details on those items, visit “County to offer incentive pay,” in the April 21, 2022, edition or at
In other business, Bill Sepe, of Trail Advocates of Summit County (TASCforce), provided an update on the Veterans Trail project.
Sepe stated the organization was formed in 2019 to “build hike and bike trails in Summit County.” He added the group’s current No. 1 project is the Veterans Trail, a 12.5-mile concrete trail to be built on an abandoned railway line that runs from the north side of Akron to Hudson. Sepe stated the trail would pass by the “natural scenic beauty of the Cuyahoga and Little Cuyahoga rivers, golf courses and parks” through the cities of Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Hudson, as well as the Village of Silver Lake. It would also connect to the Freedom Trail and the planned Rubber City Heritage Trail.
Sepe added the group has funding for 4.8 miles of the trail, and additional grant applications are planned. He also stated the project would likely take a decade to complete.
For more information on the project, visit
New items of legislation introduced that evening, which will be discussed in committee at next week’s Council meeting, include:
• an amendment to a construction contract with Workman Industrial Services Inc. for the miscellaneous bridge/culvert repair project to include the Knox Boulevard bridge in Copley Township for a cost of $108,134;
• a $320,752 construction contract with American Roadway Logistics for the regional pavement marking program;
• a $142,132 construction contract with Pavement Technology Inc. for the Summit County regional asphalt rejuvenating program;
• amending Section 145.04 of the Codified Ordinances titled, “Guidelines for Tax Abatement Agreements,” and Section 145.05 titled, “Tax Abatement Principles,” and enacting the new Section 145.10 titled, “Copley Urban Jobs and Enterprise Zone,” to modernize county practices concerning enterprise zones and to create the new Copley Urban Jobs and Enterprise Zone in Copley; and
• a construction contract with S.A. Comunale Co. Inc. for the fire suppression component of the combined dispatch building project in Tallmadge for $415,100.
Council will next gather May 2 beginning at 4:30 p.m. for committee meetings in Council Chambers, located on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building at 175 S. Main St. The meeting will also be livestreamed via Council’s Facebook page.

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