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Nuisance structures coming down

April 3, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The March 25 meeting of the Austintown Township trustees went on the road last week to the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities on Javit Court. The meeting was shorter than normal and included a tour of the facilities afterwards.

The big issue of the day was the continued demolition program that Austintown Zoning is involved in.

''The township took down seven homes in the past two weeks,'' said Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli.

He said structures were taken down at properties on Kirk Road, Ohltown Road, Canfield Niles Road, Forest Green, Mahoning Avenue and Forest Green Drive. Trustee Ken Carano asked what happens to the property when the structure is removed.

''It could end up in the Land Bank if it were behind on taxes,'' Crivelli replied. ''It could be purchased by an abutting property owner.''

Crivelli added that another property and structure on Notre Dame was on on the list, but the bank that owned the property had contacted zoning about rehabilitating the home.

On a different matter, Township Administrator Mike Dockry informed trustees of the new way the state is handling the salt purchases this year. He said there are going to be two bid periods with the first running from April through October, and a second from October through the winter months. The summer months are being referred to as a stock up period stemming from the salt shortage experienced over the past two months. Dockry said the township is looking to purchase around 3,000 tons this year.

Dockry also mentioned the township will be holding an auction for a 2001 Chevrolet Impala with 67,406 miles on it. He told trustees since there was just the one vehicle, it would be auctioned on line. He said anyone interested in bidding can check the township's web site for the auction information.

In other business:

* Trustees approved the permanent appropriations budget for 2014 at $18,392,113.

* Senior Center director Jim Henshaw reported the number of visitors has increased 11 percent over last year. In 2013 the Center saw 1,474 visitors per month and this year is averaging 1,654 visitors. He said the Center is in need of more tables to accommodate the growing numbers.

* Trustee Carano put out a request that the Austintown Lions Club is in need of used prescription glasses, especially children's, to be handed out to those who can't afford them. He said anyone having any can contact him through the township.

 
 

 

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