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Columbia Township Riverside Settlement Hearing Link

Thursday October 1ST 7:00 pm Columbia Townhall. The following links will not work until 6:45 pm.

Because of COVID-19, the Columbia Town Hall will be limited to 50 people. We recommend attending the webinar meeting Columbia Township Riverside Settlement Hearing Link: You will still have a chance to be heard.

  1. A working phone

  2. A Computer with webcam, speakers and microphone

  3. An iPad or tablet

  4. Most laptops and smart cell phones

  5. The Town Hall will be available for residents that would like to attend but do not have the proper equipment (Limeted 50 people).

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
    Please click this URL to join. https://tuckerellis.zoom.us/j/95304392838

Or join by phone:
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        US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833
    Webinar ID: 953 0439 2838
    International numbers available: https://tuckerellis.zoom.us/u/ab0BuNzI9D


Or an H.323/SIP room system:
    H.323: (US West) or (US East)
    Webinar ID: 953 0439 2838

    SIP: 95304392838@zoomcrc.com


Or an H.323/SIP room system:
    H.323: (US West) or (US East)
    Webinar ID: 953 0439 2838

    SIP: 95304392838@zoomcrc.com



Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 505.07, the Columbia Township Board of Trustees hereby schedules a meeting for October 1, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom live-streaming videoconference for the purpose of considering a proposed settlement agreement to resolve the case of Riverside Trail, LLC v. Columbia Township, Lorain County, Ohio, et al., Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Court, Case No.19-CV-197709. At this meeting, the Board of Trustees will consider and take action on the proposed settlement. The meeting will be held at the Columbia Township Hall, 25496 Royalton Road. Columbia Station, Ohio. Information for the public to access and participate in the Zoom live-streaming video conference via the internet or telephone will be provided on the Township's webpage more than 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Any member of the public desiring to submit documents may email such documents to rita@columbiatwp.us at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Members of the public who access the Zoom live-streaming video conference by internet or phone will have the opportunity to provide comments during the public hearing through Zoom live streaming video conference but must have a microphone set up on the computer they are using if participating via the internet. It is recommended that the virtually through the Zoom live-streaming, but anyone desiring to participate in person may do so, as long as there is enough space to comply with COVID-19 limitations. The proposed settlement agreement concerns zoning changes to the Riverside property that include stipulations regarding density, use, open space, and other requirements. Additionally, the settlement will change the process for approval of the Final Development Plan. The properties are known as the following Lorain County Permanent Parcel Nos. ("the"Properties"): 12-00-020-101-006, 12-00-021-105-033, and 12-00-021-101-014. The Board shall permit members of the public to express comments or objections to the proposed terms of settlement at the time of the meeting. If this settlement is approved by Columbia Township, it will then be submitted to the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas for review and approval. Copies of the proposed settlement agreement shall be available to the public, at the Township fiscal officer's office, upon appointment during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and shall also be available on the Township's webpage. By Order of the Columbia Township Board of Trustees, Columbia Township, Lorain County, Ohio.

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Riverside - Final Agreement Document



Effective January 1, 2014 the Trustees meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.



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two years after Ohio became a state, the federal government finalized treaties with local American Indians. The reserve was surveyed and parceled into rough 5-mile square blocks. The Bronson and Hoadley families of Waterbury, Connecticut pooled together $20,087 to purchase a township. On April 4, 1807, they drew Township 5 N, Range 15 W from a random selection of townships in the reserve, purchasing the land sight-unseen.

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Columbia Station


Columbia Township History

Why is Columbia Station used as our mailing address and not Columbia Township? The Zone Improvement Program (ZIP) was created in 1963. Before 1963, townships would use their post office name to help direct mail to the right post office in the state when there was more than one township with the same name. In Ohio there are two Columbia Townships.

In 1874 the train station was built on Station Road. The post office was inside the train station. The train station was named (you guessed it) Columbia Station. Mail that was sent to Columbia Township and surrounding areas was addressed to Columbia Station. Today Columbia Station is the US Post Office on Royalton road.

Below is the history of the mail delivery system in Columbia Township provided by the Columbia Historical Society.

Columbia Township Mail delivery and Post Offices

Columbia resident Benoni Adams was the first to deliver mail to Columbia Township in 1809 and he had a route that took him from Cleveland to Maumee.

The first Post Office opened in 1819 and was located in the general store on the south west corner of roads we now know as East River Rd ( Rt. 252) and Royalton Rd. ( Rt. 82).  As there were already at least two other Columbia’s in Ohio another name had to be chosen.  The people of Columbia Township picked Copokah an Indian word translated as rocky river. In papers sent from Washington the word was miss written as Copopo*, and the error was never corrected.  The records show this post office was used from June 1824 until February 1904.

The railroads came through Columbia in 1850.  Mail began to be delivered to the station and post office near Marshall Laird’s on Root Rd.  In 1874 a railroad depot was built a little east of Station Rd.  Mail was now delivered at this Columbia Station, Lorain County.  Old timers remembered the incoming mail would be tossed from the mail car.  A person in the mail car would catch the out going mail with a hook from a rod on a pole where it was hung.  (Most of the time)  When there had been passengers getting on and off the train, the bags were handed back and forth.

In 1958 the post office at Station Rd. was abandoned and a new building built just north of Rt. 82 on the east side.  Just when areas outside of Columbia Township began to have mail delivered from the Columbia Station is not readily available.  Though people could go and pick mail up, one letter from a Civil War soldier from Hard Scrabble (Liverpool Township) writes that he is sending some belongings to his family by way of Columbia Station.   

By 1990 a new post office was built on Royalton Rd with a service area beyond Columbia Township.  It is still called Columbia Station, Ohio.   But mail is no longer delivered by train to Columbia Station.  In fact it would take an old map to find Columbia Station located on Station Rd. by the rail road crossing.  And that, residents of Columbia Township is why your mail is addressed Columbia Station, not Columbia Township.

*Copopo is the way it is written in the Williams Bros. History of Lorain County however cancelation stamps show Copopa.