LACROFT – Nuisance dominated much of the discussion on Tuesday afternoon, when Liverpool Township administrators recently met.
The three trustees – Dennis Giambroni, Mike Bahen and Keith Burke – were on hand for discussions regarding nuisance properties throughout the township as well as a proposed additional police tax, which would contribute to the increased costs of service operations township police.
Administrators had received numerous complaints from residents about zoning issues, such as tall grass and unwanted vehicles, and assigned the matter to Assistant County Attorney Bret Hartup. He had sent them various emails of information, including sections of the Ohio Revised Code on the matter as well as sample letters and legislation. Tax officer Shirley Flati transferred the documents to township letterhead for use by officials.
Under Ohio’s revised code, if the unwanted motor vehicle is on public property, it can be removed immediately. However, if on private property, trustees must provide 14 days by certified letter after serving the individual with written notice to all owners or lien holders of the land in question. Then, after the two weeks have elapsed, the council can remove the vehicle and seize any costs incurred as a lien on the land in question.
On the issue of tall grass, Hartup said in a letter written Thursday, July 7, Ohio’s revised code does not distinguish between land with a residence or whether it is in a zoned area or not. “Thus, all ‘township land’ is subject to ORC 505.86(A)”, he explains, adding that a nuisance is “a very high level to reach” vis-à-vis vegetation and waste. Again, the 14 day period applies here with private property and the trustees can pass a resolution, allowing them to remedy the situation and affix the costs to the owner.
He suggested that administrators put a resolution on the books clearly setting boundaries, such as no grass exceeding four inches in height before the zoning violation takes place in zoned areas and establish an enforcement protocol. .
In another action, Flati also announced that the township is expected to receive its second American Rescue Plan Act payment by Friday, July 15; Buckeye Water District’s consumer confidence report for this year; notification that the Internal Revenue Service has increased mileage rates for the remainder of the year to 62.5 cents per mile; and an email from the Columbiana County Auditor’s office regarding certification of their police levy.
With regard to the police levy, County Auditor Nancy Milliken estimates that Liverpool Township’s current tax assessment and the amount of revenue that would be produced by two factories to levy a levy outside the 10 million limit for the police department would be $126,600. . The township is asking for an additional ongoing levy, which would cost the owner of a $50,000 home $35.
Police Chief Jared Kinemond told trustees that patrolman Beau Tatgenhorst had received a set of new tires on his cruiser and was currently working on a grant that would help cover recently completed training. He also announced new information regarding the status of the School Resource Officer’s contract, which East Liverpool School Board expects to vote on at the end of the month.
In the absence of Fire Chief Dave Ward, Administrator Mike Bahen provides an update on recent purchases, adding that the department expects its new fire trucks to arrive in August and has retired the two oldest. which he removes from the fleet for sale. He also used the recently received state fire marshal grant to purchase supplies worth $12,160.
Administrators also accepted the road service report, which included a suggestion from road foreman Chris Bosworth that chip and seal mileage was reduced from 6.38 miles to 3.50 miles due to increased traffic. costs. The trustees approved the move.
Trustees also raised prices for township cemeteries, which were well below those of similar facilities in the area, and paid $53,743.60 in warrants. They will then meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday July 26 in the administrative building of the municipality.