Greater cooperation leads to new safety enhancements and investments

12/19/2018

University of Akron Interim President John C. 绿色, City of Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan and County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro today announced a series of ongoing initiatives and safety-related enhancements for the area south of the University along the Exchange Street Corridor. In addition to already completed efforts to upgrade various University-owned properties and augment safety patrols, 市政府的合作工作, County and University will result in additional measures to improve safety and address related issues in the area.

The southwest corner of Exchange and Brown streets before (top) and after the Plasma Center building was removed and replaced with green space.

The southwest corner of Exchange and Brown streets before (top) and after the Plasma Center building was removed and replaced with green space.

这些包括:

  • The deployment of a mobile reporting tool, developed by the County’s Geographic Information Systems unit. 名为“清理/修正”, it will enable area residents – many of them 万博APP students – to quickly and easily notify officials of issues needing attention, 如杂草丛生, 无功能的路灯, trash in yards and other problems that affect quality of life.
  • Stepped-up code enforcement activity and communication with landlords to improve property maintenance.
  • Additional street lighting throughout the area.
  • Even closer cooperation and coordination among law enforcement officials, with a particular focus on the area south of Exchange Street.

County Executive Shapiro explained the importance of the cooperative work and the new mobile reporting tool. “This overall initiative has been a successful collaboration by the Summit County Planning and GIS Division, 万博APP, 阿克伦市和第一能源公司,高管夏皮罗说. “The suite of applications developed by our GIS staff will give 万博APP a standalone and modern survey that students can use to report a variety of issues including lighting, 住房条件, 垃圾汽车, 街的条件, 和更多的. The City of Akron will then receive this information to review and take appropriate action.”

Mayor Horrigan added, “Exchange Street is a vital corridor to this City and the University of Akron. A coordinated effort to focus on safety improvements and targeted nuisance compliance will increase the vitality and development opportunities in this area. 万博APP希望学生, area residents and businesses alike to feel safe, 欢迎来到走廊.”

Ohio Edison President Rich Sweeney stated, “We are pleased to partner with the County, the City and the University to improve street lighting in this neighborhood. It is initiatives like these that create stronger, 更安全的, more livable communities for our customers and the vital institutions they support.”

Dr. 约翰·格林, interim president of 万博APP, discusses the many safety enhancements now in place south of Exchange Street during a news conference

Dr. 约翰·格林, interim president of 万博APP, discusses the many safety enhancements now in place south of Exchange Street during a news con­ference. Greater cooperation between the city, county and University made the improvements possible.

万博APP临时主席格林说, “The University has undertaken several initiatives of its own to upgrade the area and our services, including creating more green space by razing some University-owned buildings, adjusting patrol hours by our police department to provide greater presence in late evening/early morning hours and establishing the visible 万博APP Off-Campus Patrol office on East Exchange Street. The additional initiatives with the City and the County are most welcome, and we are confident that they will be very helpful to everyone who lives in, 在该区域工作或访问.”

万博APP Undergraduate Student Government President Taylor Bennington noted the benefits for students these initiatives will have. “Student safety is our top priority,” Bennington said. “These steps will undoubtedly enhance the safety mechanisms already in place in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. A partnership like this reaffirms to students the commitment of the University, 阿克伦城, and Summit County to providing a safe collegiate experience for every Zip on our campus. ”

万博APP Board of Trustee member and chair of the Board’s 安全 and Facilities Special Committee Lewis W. Adkins,小. 评论, “We greatly appreciate the commitment by the City, the County and Ohio Edison to work with us so closely to provide additional support to the University and our students. That partnership is very meaningful to all of us.”

Interim President 绿色 noted that the 清理/修正 mobile reporting tool is being integrated into 万博APP’s 新的手机应用程序 and available for use by students when classes resume in mid-January.