In a continuing effort to keep Austintown Township free of nuisance properties, trustees approved a list for high grass, debris and the demolition of one home.
The first motion approved concerned the demolition of a single family home at 5430 Rockwell Road that the Mahoning County Board of Health declared dangerous to life or health. With the Board of Health making the declaration, the township can proceed to remove the structure under the Ohio Revised Code.
In separate motions, trustees agreed to declare 1029 Ohltown Road as a public nuisance and order the removal of debris from a collapsed open front porch and side porch. A second property also declared a nuisance was 382 Beechcrest Ave., where an order was approved for the removal of construction materials.
Besides the two motions for debris cleanup, a list of properties other properties feel under nuisance violations including 3898 Ascot, 2433 Bainbridge, 6266 Fairview, 3908 Nassua Court, 1308 Northfield, 499 Ohltown Road and 4677 Burkey Road. Zoning inspector Darren Crivelli said these properties had to be listed separately from the Beechcrest and 1029 Ohltown properties.
“The high grass issues are a different violation from the other ones, so we had to vote on them separately,” Crivelli said.
Under leaf collections, Township Administrator Mike Dockry said things are moving along with three weeks to go. He said the first week of leaf pickup saw record numbers.
Trustees moved on to the topic of the upcoming election and the fact there are three levy issues before Austintown voters. Township Fiscal Officer Mike Kurish said two are renewals that include the 0.8 mill parks and recreation levy and the 1.5 mills road improvement levies.
The one new levy will be the 0.5 mill Senior Services levy. This is the one that will support the senior center.
“We need to make sure the money is in place for the continuation of our Senior Center in Austintown,” Kurish said.
To showcase the center and to give seniors a chance to attend a trustees meeting, it was moved to the center at noon on Monday. Trustees conducted their usual meeting before a larger-than-usual crowd.
Kurish said the senior services levy as well as the two renewals are important to the township. He said the state had replaced personal property tax with the new CAT tax which only covers business activity, not inventory. On top of that, he said the state is accelerating the inheritance tax, which is being phased out. The change in both of those taxes has caused townships in Ohio to take a large financial hit.
“We’ve had to do more with less,” Kurish said.
John Suranko, a board member at the Austintown Senior Center, agreed with Kurish and added his own two cents.
“I want to thank the trustees for their support of the center,” he said. "I hope the levy passes so it can continue.”
The meeting was closed with remarks from board members at which time Chairman Jim Davis asked residents for a little help.
“I want to see a complete boycott of Boardman this week,” Davis said. “Call it the Jim Davis Boycott. We are playing our rival Boardman Spartans in varsity football on Friday night and we have a chance to deliver a knock-out punch. In the meantime, don’t shop, don’t eat, don’t even pass through Boardman. Do your shopping in Austintown.”
Davis mentioned that at a 6 p.m. tailgate party before the big game at Boardman Stadium, the trustees from each community will be satisfying a corn-hole challenge.
In other business:
• Davis mentioned this Saturday’s Halloween event at the Austintown Plaza will play host to a variety of fun and games for the kids.