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Demolition of Terrace Motel begins

August 1, 2013
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Boardman Township trustees met Monday, July 29 where Carl Foote, president of the North Boardman Neighborhood Association, commended trustees for helping the effort to demolish the Terrace Motel. Boardman Township Zoning Inspector Sarah Gartland stated that demolition equipment and staff would be on site at the Terrace Motel property beginning Tuesday, July 30, with plans for completion set for Aug. 18.

Foote went on to ask about the recommended procedure to follow in lawn care of neighborhood nuisance properties.

According to Boardman Township Zoning Inspector Sarah Gartland, although grass height must reach 10 inches for the township to intervene, because the process is time consuming, there is a decision to be made by the community as to whether neighbors take the responsibility upon themselves or notify the township when grass reaches six inches in an effort to begin the process.

Gartland went on to explain that while it may be difficult for neighbors to wait out the process, by letting the township follow the proper steps, liens are placed on the property, which can serve as a deterrent in future nuisance violations. In addition, she noted that the addition of a nuisance abatement crew on hand has eliminated the time previously spent on bidding and awarding the care of nuisance properties, thereby speeding up the process by approximately two weeks.

In other business:

Trustees approved the purchase of an Ultralyte Lidar Laser Unit at a cost of $2,695 for use by the Township Police Department's patrol division.

Per police Chief Jack Nichols, unlike existing units, the Ultralyte, to be used for speed enforcement, requires no annual calibration.

Also approved were the resolutions requesting certification from the Mahoning County auditor for a 2.2 mil police and fire renewal levy, and a 3.2 mil general fund renewal levy.

August meetings of the Boardman Township trustees are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.



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