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Springfield trustees move to demolish garage

4/20/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

After giving renters and owners of a Tritt Avenue property time to deal with a dilapidated garage, Springfield trustees voted 2-1 at the April 13 meeting, with Deborah Davis absent to attend a meeting on emergency preparedness, to demolish the structure.

According to Trustee Dean Young, the Summit County Building Department condemned the garage in 2015 because the roof and walls were caving in. He added the owners were informed of the matter, and renters had come forward saying they were hoping to purchase the property and take care of the garage themselves. Trustees had tabled the initial motion at a March 23 meeting, and again at March 30 and April 6 meetings to give the renters time to deal with the problem. They decided to move forward with the demolition April 12 because, they said, there had been no action to address the structure. The cost of the demolition will be placed on the tax duplicate of the property, according to trustees.

In other zoning matters, Zoning Administrator Patricia Ryan stated this is the time of year when property owners start thinking about improvement projects, and she cautioned anyone seeking to do such work to first get the required permit. She added permits are required for most projects, such as erecting a new fence or building a deck, a pool, gazebo or shed. She suggested that anyone who is unsure about the need for a permit call the Zoning Department at 330-794-0134 to check.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved:

• the adoption of the Summit County Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding for Job Creation and Retention and Tax Revenue Sharing, designed to deter one community from luring a business away from another community;

• the payment of the township’s share of Metro SWAT services for 2017, in the amount of $4,764;

• the purchase of new radios for the police department, to be paid for in five payments of $16,641;

• to accept the resignation of Police Officer Zachary Flack, effective April 25;

• to establish a pay rate of $15 per hour for the zoning secretary;

• the closure of Canfield Road on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the dedication of another section of the Spartan Trail and the new Lakefront playground, and also on May 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Bark in the Park, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Summit County;

• to accept two properties, on Utica and Tritt avenues, from the Summit County Land Reutilization Corp., at a cost of $200 each; and

• to correct a past motion to increase the annual maintenance cost of a self-contained breathing apparatus air compressor from $1,500 to $1,980.

The next regular trustees meeting will be April 27 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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