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Spring problems addressed at township meeting

April 29, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

While some may have disagreed that spring is in the air after Tuesday's snowstorm, the Austintown Township meeting was full of warmer weather tips and complaints.

Topping the list was Township Administrator Mike Dockry, who also serves as road department head. He said the street cleaner was activated last week with the warmer temperatures, but residents could pitch in to help in the effort to clean up the streets.

''If any residents wants to sweep the curb area in front of their residence and put it into a pile, they can call the township and we will come out and pick it up,'' he said.

He also urged residents to consider the May elections, which will have Issue I on the ballot for renewal. He explained that Issue I was formerly known as Issue II, which allowed the state to give grants for things like sewer repair and replacement projects.

''Since 1992 we have completed millions of dollars worth of storm sewer projects in the township,'' Dockry said.

The projects all used grants from Issue I and the former Issue II moneys from the state. He said passing Issue I would not raise taxes, but is just a renewal of present Issue I.

Continuing on the spring problems, Police Chief Bob Gavalier said his department is starting to get a lot of complaints about speeding on residential streets. He said police units are watching the streets more closely and in many instances it is a resident of the street getting a speeding ticket.

Fire Chief Andy Frost III said his department is starting to see problems with open burning. He mentioned the state law allows for a recreational fire that is three-feet wide, three-feet long and three-feet tall. The fire must be fueled with clean seasoned wood and no debris in order to be considered as recreational.

''If we get a call and come out to investigate, as long as it meets the recreational fire guidelines, we will leave,'' he said.

If the fire is causing a lot of smoke from green wood or debris, then it will be extinguished and if it exceeds the legal size, those responsible could face fines.

''You just can't burn green wood and yard debris,'' Frost said.

In other business trustees:

* Heard from zoning inspector Darren Crivelli who reported he issued four new single-family construction permits, bringing the year-to-date total to seven new home starts for 2014.Trustees approved declaring eight properties as a nuisance and inoperable vehicles parked at 122 Aldrich Road as junk vehicles so an order to remove could be issued.

* Heard from park supervisor Todd Shaffer who reported there will be a Civil War reenactment at the park April 26 and 27.

* Approved general fund transfers of $59,900 for the LeHarps Road Improvement Project, $30,000 to the Pinecrest Stormwater Alleviation Project and $15,000 to the Bexley Sidewalk Project.



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