WASHINGTONVILLE - Village council approved the first reading on an ordinance aimed at controlling noxious weeds and vegetation during Monday's meeting.
"The people need to know we are trying to clean things up," Mayor Will Jones said.
The vote was unanimous at 6-0 on the ordinance which calls for a 10-day notification or cessation period before a $100 fine can be levied if the resident is convicted and fails to act.
Each day afterward is considered a separate offense with the fines not to be more than $100 each day.
In other business, council discussed the unloading noise from roll-off trash containers during disallowed hours at the Aarrow Disposal lot.
Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk mentioned receiving a complaint during his report. The village ordinance says trash trucks are allowed in the village between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The rolloffs are dropped off between 9 and 10 p.m.
Councilman Jim Smith said, "Those ordinances were generated to control the noise between those hours" and Jones said, "We'll have to get those ordinances back up ... it includes those hours."
Councilwoman Theresa Allison pointed out "that's a busy corner" where the trash containers are kept and Husk said they "bang around and make a lot of noise."
Jones said, "Let me talk to them and I'll get back to you."
Husk concluded his report by suggesting anyone going on vacation advise police "so we can keep an eye" on the residence.
Allison asked Husk about vehicles with expired license plates on them and Husk acknowledged "there are quite a few ... the problem is I need to find a village ordinance to keep the fines within the village.
"We can us the ORC (Ohio Revised Code) but you're not going to see anything from it. If you can find it (village ordinance), we'll use it ... there's one place with three cars there with out-of-date plates."
In other business, council set Trick or Treat for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 with a costume contest party preceding it in the community building from 5 to 6 p.m.
Jones said there will be a hot dogs and refreshments during the costume contest.
Council had discussed holding trick or treat at the same time as Leetonia but Allison wondered why they had to do it on the same day.
Councilwoman Laura Trummer pushed to have council set a date and time.
"I say have it on the 31st. It makes sense to me," she said in calling for a decision.
Council also approved a 60-cents an hour raise for Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat who has worked for the village since January of 1993. It was his first raise in four years and brings his pay to $19.60 an hour and will be effective on Oct. 5.
Councilwoman Becky Vignon asked where the village stood regarding oil and gas leases of its property and Jones said he spoke briefly to Terry May, the president of Leetonia Shale LLC and wanted him to attend a council meeting.
Jones told council he would "get on that tomorrow."
Leetonia Shale will hold an open meeting for people interested in signing up their property for oil and gas leasing at 1 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the Leetonia High School.
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