Economic Development within Plain Township continues to be a primary focus for the Board of Trustees. Various community reinvestment areas and enterprise zones, which offer tax incentives for business growth, are in place throughout our community. Plain Township works with the Stark County Regional Planning Commission and the Stark Development Board to promote Plain Township and to pursue responsible growth. We work within the framework of the newly updated Mini Master Plan, which serves as a guide for strategic planning within the Township.
Plain Township created a list of potential locations for new businesses, so that if we have a company desiring to locate in our community we have sites readily available to show the potential new businesses. We now have a current site list encompassing several appropriate business development locations for retail, manufacturing, restaurants, and other businesses suitable for responsible growth and development.
Development is ongoing. We anticipate positive results with the redevelopment of the Oakwood Square Plaza. New ownership is in place and is working with the Board of Trustees, our Administrator and our Planning and Development Director to move this project forward.
In addition to economic development, Plain Township has been working on further development within our parks system. We are pleased to announce the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $93,525 grant to help construct an ADA accessible restroom facility at Schneider Community Park. The Stark County Community Foundation has also awarded $20,000 and may award an additional $25,000 with the one-for-one matching grant program. There have also been $5,000 contributions made by both the Plain Township Rotary and Quonset Hut. Additional contributions were made by Pets Home Alone, the Stark County Humane Society, Humbert Sanitary, Sugarbush Kennels, North Canton Veterinary Clinic, Pond Wiser Inc., Pet Bomb Squad and Viking Community Hospital. The restroom facility will enable Schneider Community Park to have the amenities necessary to accommodate our residents.
As 2012 draws to an end, we take this opportunity to thank the Plain Township employees who work so hard to make Plain Township a great place to live, work, worship and play. A special thank you goes out to our sheriff deputies, firefighter/paramedics, and road and park employees who keep our residents safe and our parks and roads top-notch. Most importantly, we thank the residents of Plain Township. It is the people who truly embody and grow our shared sense of community spirit. We wish our residents Happy Holidays and all the best for a joyous New Year. Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns.