WASHINGTONVILLE - Mayor Will Jones said the cleanup ordinance is working but Councilman Jim Smith said they they needed to get the "bank-owned houses" cleaned up during Monday's council meeting.
Jones said that three or four warnings were issued and Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk said a lot of residents have taken it upon themselves to clean up, so they haven't issued too many.
"The word's out," he said, "so I think people will go out and do that themselves."
Smith returned to the issue under old business noting, "If we can't find the who owns them, we need to cut them ourselves." He said there were several on High Street that "are real nasty."
Councilwoman Becky Vignon asked if the village could mow the tall grass and Jones said he did it once because the tall grass was a safety issue at an intersection.
Smith said, "If we're asking all the citizens to clean up their property, we need to do our part."
Vignon asked how they should proceed saying she had no problem volunteering to help mow the grass.
Jones said the banks that have them need to be contacted and if "we can't find them we have to pay our own guys and assess the property taxes."
Fiscal Officer Dale Davis said the properties could be assessed one time each year and Jones asked for the addresses so he and Davis could track them down on the county auditor websites.
In other business, Jones said Davidson and Smedley streets were paved and "both and are very nice ... it'll make Eddie's (Ed Garrett, street department foreman) job a lot easier in the winter."
Councilwoman Laura Trummer asked about new American flags for the streets and Jones said they needed to look at brackets too.
Trummer asked Garrett to let them know how many flags and brackets needed to be replaced when the flags are taken down.
She said the VFW will dispose of the old flags.
Councilwoman Theresa Allison said there were about 45 to 50 flags the village puts up during the holidays.
"If they're no good, let's get rid of them," she said.
Also in other business, Jones received council's OK to move forward with another picnic in the park.
Vignon said, "That's a good idea. We need to advertise it more" and Council President Ramona Custer said it could be posted in Leetonia.
Jones was looking at the end of July and a proposal by Police Chief Ken Faust to register children's bikes could be combined with the picnic which would have a dunk tank, games and refreshments.
Also, Jones was unsure when the state project to install a traffic light and align the intersection on state Route 14 will begin, but said he would try to find out today.
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