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Township nuisance property complaints continue

May 3, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield Township Trustees added to the list of nuisance properties in the township at last week's meeting. They approved five properties to be declared as nuisance properties and letters were to be sent out by last Friday to request the grass be cut.

The properties in question were 9705 Briarwood Court, 8300 Maplevale Drive, 4146 Sugarbush Drive, 4816 Messerly Road, and 4745 Messerly Road. Once the letters are received, the owners will have seven days to rectify the situation. After the seven days, the township will have the right to contract a mowing service to take care of it and the fee will be attached to the property tax as a lien.

"The fee includes a $150 administration fee," said Township Zoning Inspector Dave Morrison. "That fee covers the cost of tracking down the property's owner."

While a few of the properties are occupied, several are not. They could be under foreclosure, which makes finding the owner a little tougher. Morrison said he had two properties recently that he found were owned by companies in California.

As for the properties that are served notice and nothing is done, the township can take action to get the high grass cut. Township administrator Keith Rogers said the township has a list of approved contractors who bid the job. The low bidder then gets the go-ahead to mow the grass within 48 hours after the seven day deadline has been reached. The fee, along with the administrative cost then becomes a tax lien on the property.

Chairwoman Marie Cartwright asked Rogers how often he checks on nuisance properties. Rogers replied that he personally checks once a week by driving around the township.

Rogers reported to trustees that three sink holes will or have been repaired. The locations include Catawba Drive, Barrington Drive and Covington Cove, where storm sewer pipes have collapsed.

On a different issue, trustees approved the purchase of 240 feet of Jersey barriers from the Ohio Turnpike Commission for a cost of $960. The barriers will be used to create storage bins for materials such as fill dirt used by the public works department at the township facility on Messerly Road.

Rogers said, "We've already cleared an area on the east side of the salt dome for the bins."

In other business:

Trustees approved purchase orders for $55,333.76, blanket certificates for $500, warrants for $81,997.86, electronic payments for $15,202.90, and charges for $31,712.69 as obligations of the township. Also approved was moving $3,000 to zoning to cover expenses.

Mike Browlen from Canfield Rotary addressed the trustees during public presentation and requested support for the annual fireworks display for the Fourth of July this summer. Trustees agreed to a $5,000 donation for the event.

Trustees approved the purchase of four 5-feet-by-three-feet American flags and two six-feet-by-10-feet American flags from low bidder Carrot Top Industries for a cost of $564.56. The flags will replace worn flags at the public works, the parkland and at Cardinal Joint Fire District Station 2 on Messerly Road.



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