Petition for Salem annexation revised

SALEM –An annexation of township property into the city of Salem last month has been revised to reflect a change of ownership for the property where the new Dollar General Store is being built on West State Street.

Trustees had agreed last month not to object to the proposed annexation by the Mark Shivers Trust involving 1.3456 acres of land on Benton Road that has two adjoining but separate parcels.

Trustees were presented with paperwork reflecting the change at the Monday meeting.

Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston told the board the change of ownership didn’t get filed in time on the original annexation. The type II annexation for 1000 W. State St. was refiled under Linden Avenues, LLC by Bruce H. Schultz of Pataskala, Ohio.

Johnston said everything around the property is located in the city and that the township has 25 days from Nov. 6 to oppose the annexation.

In other business, the trustees approved the purchase of six fire helmets at $254 apiece, for a total of $1,524. Fire Chief Bruce Witcher said current helmets with a 10-year lifespan need to be replaced and he wanted to place the new helmet purchases on a rotating basis as they do with other fire equipment. He said they would buy new helmets as the older ones become outdated and they could get them at a discounted rate. Also approved was the annual pump testing on each truck along with one repair job for a total of $1,125.

In yet other business, Perry Township zoning inspector Allan Wolfgang said one permit has been issused so far this month. There were six permits in October and Johnston said there have been 165 permits issued so far this year.

Trustee Don Kendrick said leaf pickup began on the south side on Monday and will continue for two weeks.

It will also continue on the north side “because many leaves didn’t fall” and Kendrick said any resident not getting their leaves picked up can call the maintenance department at 330-337-7266.

All trustees thanked voters for passing the levy on election day and they then went into executive session for personnel. No action was taken.