Copley Township, Summit County, Ohio

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Copley Township, Summit County, Ohio
Township
Copley Township's location within Summit County
Copley Township's location within Summit County
Coordinates: 41°6′N 81°38′W / 41.100°N 81.633°W / 41.100; -81.633Coordinates: 41°6′N 81°38′W / 41.100°N 81.633°W / 41.100; -81.633
Country United States
State Ohio
County Summit
Area
 • Total 20.8 sq mi (53.8 km2)
 • Land 20.4 sq mi (52.9 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,004 ft (306 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 13,641
 • Density 668.0/sq mi (257.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44321
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code [2]
GNIS feature ID [1]

Copley Township is one of the nine townships of Summit County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 13,641 people in the township.[3]

Geography[edit]

Located in the western part of the county, it borders the following townships and cities:

Several populated places are located in Copley Township:

Parts of the original Copley Township are now in Akron or Fairlawn.

A formerly rural township located west of the county seat of Akron, Copley Township has become increasingly suburban over the last few decades.

Name and history[edit]

It is the only Copley Township statewide.[4]

Copley was originally called Greenfield, after Garner Green, who owned a large portion of the township. Later on he changed the name to Copley, the maiden name of his wife.[5]

Fairlawn was founded as a hamlet in Copley in 1891 when the Northern Ohio Railroad was built. As of 1908 it had a mill, general store, a blacksmith, and other businesses.[6]

Economy[edit]

A typical scene on the western border of Copley Township.

Copley Township's economy is based on several strip malls, chemical plants, and agricultural businesses. The rest of the township is dotted with farms and subdivisions.[citation needed]

Government[edit]

The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[7] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

Education[edit]

The school system in the township is shared with Fairlawn and has a set of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, having two state championships in sports: men's soccer (1994) and men's golf (2003).[citation needed]

Superfund[edit]

In 1990, Copley Square Plaza was designated a superfund site after tetrachloroethylene and other contaminates from a dry cleaners were found in the soil.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Summit County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  5. ^ Doyle, William B. (1908). Centennial HIstory of Summit County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Chicago, Ill.: Biographical Publishing Company. pp. 101–102. It was set apart as a township of Medina County in 1819, and was named Greenfield at first by Garner Green, who originally owned a large part of its territory. He afterwards changed the name to Copley, the maiden name of his wife. 
  6. ^ Doyle, William B. (1908). Centennial HIstory of Summit County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Chicago, Ill.: Biographical Publishing Company. p. 102. When the Northern Ohio Railroad was built, in 1891, it gave Copley an outlet, and was the means of starting a new hamlet -- Fairlawn, which now boasts a mill, general store, smithy, etc. 
  7. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  8. ^ [1]NPL Site Narrative for Copley Square Plaza, NPL, Superfund, US EPA:

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