PERRY TWP. - Trustee Don Kendrick announced Monday the three dilapidated houses submitted for demolition through a state grant program should be torn down in the next couple of weeks.
Columbiana County Commissioners have been overseeing the program which is being done in two phases, with submissions from the smaller villages and the townships being done in the first phase. The demolition isn't costing the communities any money, with the county receiving about $500,000 from the Ohio Attorney General's office out of settlement funds from foreclosure companies for the program.
Kendrick said all three of the houses for the township are vacant and they have the consent of the property owners to tear them down. Those were the only houses the township put on the list.
"That's the only three we have that are trash," Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said.
The three houses include: 1217 Beechwood Road, owned by Margaret Vontuchlinski and built in 1900; 1016 E. Pidgeon Road, owned by Louis and Louise Grande and built in 1930; and 1819 Goshen Road, owned by Bruce Capel and built in 1926.
In other business, Perry Township Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher told trustees that the National Fire Protection Association updated the list of equipment that's supposed to be stocked on an apparatus or truck and that list now includes automated external defibrillators, with one per truck recommended.
Whitcher said the department would like to have at least two of them, one for each engine. He gave an estimate of $1,100 for each one, but had not gotten any quotes.
Mix told him they would need a price before they can approve anything. When questioned by Kendrick whether they could get a grant to help pay the cost, Whitcher said they've been applying for grants but they keep getting turned down and they're never given a reason.
The police department has two AEPs that were secured with the help of grants.
Trustees approved three resolutions, including one to correct a resolution they passed at their last meeting regarding zoning requirements for installing a fence in R1A residential zoned area. They mistakenly passed the resolution saying that a fence had to be at least six inches from the
property line, but what they meant to say was 12 inches. The fence rule was meant to fix what they thought was a typographical error in the zoning book for R1A which did not spell out the distance for a fence from the property line. The distance was clearly stated for the other zoning areas.
The other resolutions dealt with certifying a lawn mowing bill of $200 on the taxes for the property owner at 1141 Prospect Street where the township had to mow the waist-high grass and the certification of the street light assessment.
In a matter dealing with the township's own property, Firefighter Doug Messimer complained about birds getting inside the north station and building nests, saying they're tearing up the insulation and it "smells like a dead animal along the east wall."
He said the birds are also getting up inside the soffett of the administration building near the antenna side of the building. Mix said he would look into the situation. He said he was told the areas where they were getting into the fire station had been fixed.
Kendrick offered thanks for the volunteers helping to clean up a property on North Lincoln Avenue and reported five zoning permits had been issued in August.
The next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9.