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Township to charge for donation boxes

May 22, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the May 12 township meeting, trustees passed a motion to establish a fee for storage boxes. The concept behind the move is to regulate the many drop off boxes in the township.

Zoning inspector Darren Crivelli said the motion would set up some criteria to keep the collection boxes from becoming a nuisance. He said some of the collection boxes that take in clothing have become an problem with overflowing bags and clutter.

''When they are filled, they overflow and become an eyesore for our community,'' he said.

According to Crivelli, the zoning permit to place the boxes shouldn't be the same as for a transient vendor. It is not about stopping charities, he said, but many of the boxes collect clothing donations that are later sold off shore for profit.

The motion would require a $20 permit for a trial period of one year. It would also require a minimum setback of 60 feet from the road.

The motion passed by a 2-1 vote. Trustee Jim Davis cast the no vote and later explained why he would rather see them gone.

''These boxes have become an eyesore,'' he said. ''They just clutter up our community.''

In a different matter, trustees approved the declaration of three vehicles as no longer needed for public service. The vehicles include a 2010 Crown Victoria with 132,290 miles on the odometer, a 2008 Crown Victoria with 119,927 miles, and a 2006 Dodge Charger with 99,754 miles.

The vehicles will be auctioned off at a special auction set for 10 a.m. June 21. Township administrator Mike Dockry said there will be more items added to the auction over the coming month.

''We will have more stuff no longer needed by the various township departments,'' he said.

The auction will be held at the Township Garage at 82 Ohltown Road.

In other business trustees:

* Approved a motion to adopt the 2012 International Fire Code, which will update the township code from the previous 2002 code.

* Approved a motion to initiate public hearings regarding a proposed amendment to article XXIII regarding massage parlors.

* Voted to declare an inoperable white van parked at 688 Notre Dame Ave. as a nuisance and order its removal. Also approved was a nuisance structure at 39 East Liberty St. that was approved for demolition.

* Heard from Police Chief Robert Gavalier who requested a hearing for a new liquor permit for Vitullo Investments LLC doing business as Club Cali, 1051 North Canfield-Niles Road, involving a Class D5A permit.



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