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High grass and dog debris focus at special meeting

May 29, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

At a special meeting of Poland Township trustees on May 22, a list of nuisance properties were approved and comments were made concerning cleaning up after the dogs.

The nuisance properties presented at the meeting included properties at 2672 Coblenz Drive, 3163 Highland Ave., 2517 Hilltop Drive, 2216 Manor Drive, 7722 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, and numbers 7374, 7286, and 7272 on North Lima Road, and numbers 6567, 6594, 6770, 6926, and 7019 Poland Center Drive. Poland Township Administrator Jim Scharville said while a few were for junk and garbage, most were for high grass.

With the list accepted, letters can be sent out ordering the situation to be taken care of. The property owners will have seven days to handle it. After that time period, the township will be able to go out to the property and take care of the high grass or junk removal. All fees associated with the cleanup would then be assessed on the property taxes, Scharville said.

He also brought up another issue that has become the center of some recent complaints. He said the township's mowing crews handle the grass on several islands within the township. There have been dog walkers who have allowed their dogs to do their business on the islands and have not cleaned up after them. He specifically mentioned the cul-de-sac island on Pawnee Place as the place where most of the violations have occurred.

"It's unhealthy and unsafe for our people," Scharville said. "If a person is caught not cleaning up after their dog, they can be cited, and we will cite them."

He said signs are going to be posted on the islands to warn people about the law of cleaning up after their dog.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a plow and salt spreader. The equipment will be installed on the township's new 2013 International dump truck that was purchased earlier this year to replace a 1991 truck.



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