Palestine woman has issue with signs

EAST PALESTINE — Outdated yard sale signs in the village can be taken down as long as they aren’t on private property.

Acting Mayor Alan Cohen said during the Monday council meeting that yard sale signs posted in public places in the village that are not taken down after the sale can be taken down by anyone at that point.

He mentioned the signs after first speaking with Claybrook Drive resident Jean Smith, who had taken her concerns to the village about the amount of outdated signs around East Palestine.

Smith attended the council meeting and originally planned to be on the agenda to discuss those concerns, but said she was satisfied after speaking with Cohen before the meeting.

Her only comment during the meeting was that she was disappointed that the village’s Fourth of July celebration sign along state Route 14 was not put back up after it fell over sometime before the event.

“Everybody going by didn’t see the beautiful sign celebrating the Fourth of July and all the park activities. I know there is a lot of time and effort that goes into that celebration. To see that sign on the ground just seems kind of sad to me,” she said.

Cohen agreed, and said that people should pay more attention to the event signs to make sure that they are properly visible.

In other matters, council gave a third and final reading to legislation removing the limitation on the number of allowable auxiliary officers.

It also approved the monthly department activity reports, which included an overall year-to-date report from the fire department showing that it has responded to 22 structure fires so far this year.

The majority of the fires were in January and May, with five structure fires each during those months.

The department responded to four structure fires in August.

The department also responded to 25 motor vehicle accidents and 16 hazardous condition calls.

The police department handled 154 reports for the month of August, including seven domestics, seven animal complaints, 11 theft reports, one burglary, one breaking and entering and 18 zoning violations.

Police issued 29 traffic citations and responded to five traffic crashes.