Wal-Mart and Copley Township officials say there will be no change in a plan to bring a Wal-Mart and Sams Club to Rothrock Road, despite a judge's ruling to basically turn the road into a cul-de-sac, allowing Fairlawn to block it off from being a through street.
Copley Township trustee Helen Humphrys tells AkronNewsNow " There are no alterations to their plan because the access to the future Wal-Mart, Sams Club can be made fro State Route 18 on to State Route 21."
Humphrys says the only change will be in the county's designation of Rothrock Road. 'If we don't win on appeal the road will be decertified as a county road. A county roadway cannot end in a cul-de-sac. It would be decertified and become a township roadway," says Humphrys. That means the township would be responsible for its maintenance. Humphrys says the township is working with the developer to make any needed changes to assist Copley in maintaining the roadway.
Humphrys says their main concern is the welfare of residents and the safety forces that depend on Rothrock Road.
" The closing of Rothrock and our fight to keep it open has nothing to do with Wal-Mart or Sams Club. It has to do with the health safety and welfare of township residents."
Copley Township has appealed Summit County Judge Alison McCarty's decision to the Ninth District Court of Appeals.