Some residents on Painter Road asked Perry Township Trustees to declare a neighboring, fire-damaged vacant property a nuisance to force its cleanup.
Painter Road resident Debbie Miller attended the trustees' meeting Monday as representative of the residents and gave trustees a petition signed by six property owners regarding the property at 1600 Painter Road.
According to the petition, which she read aloud, the property has been left in disrepair since a fire nearly two years ago. Since then, a car has been left on the property that is never moved or mowed under and is not a licensed vehicle.
She also said the landowner's son was using the property as a business, with landscape equipment parked there and landscape materials dumped there.
"This is not zoned a commercial property and since there is no home on the property, can not be used to park commercial vehicles," the petition said.
"We feel the property is bringing down the values of the surrounding homes and is also a haven for mice, rats and other vermin as it is not properly taken care of," the petition said.
She said that currently there are three vehicles parked on the property that are not able to be moved and none of them have current licenses. Besides giving trustees the petition, Miller also provided them with photographs of the property.
"We'll take care of it," Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said.
As explained by Mix, the trustees will first document that there's a problem, then make contact with the property owner.
"If they don't clean it up, we'll go in and clean it up and put it on their taxes," he said.
The process calls for the township to send the property owner a certified letter, wait seven days, then send a proof of delivery letter, then wait another four days before posting a notice on the property. Trustees will then have to decide whether to declare the property a nuisance during a regular meeting. If they declare it a nuisance, they'll wait seven days, then hire a company to clean it up and have the cost assessed to the property owners.
This was the first complaint they remember receiving about the property at 1600 Painter Road.
In other action, the trustees approved having the fire department spend $650 for the annual check of the air tank system. Assistant Fire Chief Phil Panezott said they also had Warren Fire Equipment checking the department's thermal imaging camera to see what's wrong with it.
Mix said they had just met with the township's insurance agent and reported nothing out of the ordinary.
Trick or treat was set from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, which he said is the same as Salem's trick or treat night. The township will be setting a date sometime in the near future for a used tire drive for residents.
A new salt supply contract was reported with Cargill Inc. Deicing Technology at a price of $46.81 per ton, which is lower than last year's price.
Four building permits were issued so far this month.
The next trustee meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8.
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