PERRY TWP. - Trustee Don Kendrick, who also serves as the township zoning officer, reminded residents to secure a permit for projects costing more than $500, including shingle replacements.
Kendrick said Monday that he caught three homeowners this past week getting new roofs who did not get permits first.
"If they're caught, they can be charged double for the permit," he said.
A permit costs $25 for projects between $500 to $5,000, with an additional cost for projects costing more than that.
Kendrick said he's going to post some signs to remind residents about the rule, noting that permits are required for any construction project over the set dollar amount, including re-roofing, shingles, siding, storage barns, fences, kitchen and bath remodeling and new construction additions.
To secure a permit, call Kendrick at 330-337-6155. He said the permit should be secured before the work begins. Normally, he said the township averages 40 to 50 building permits per year, but so far this year, only 25 permits have been issued. This month there have been four permits.
In other business, Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said workers will be digging the hole for the new radio tower at the north station this week, with the antenna mast ordered. The tower will be taller than the current tower as a means to improve radio reception for the fire department.
Mix also thanked residents for supporting the fire department's pancake breakfast last Saturday.
The trustees approved a resolution to participate in the state purchasing program for 2012/2013 at a cost of $100.
Mix announced again that the annual leaf pickup will begin Oct. 29 on the north side of the township for two weeks and then begin on the south side of the township on Nov. 12, continuing for another two weeks. State Street is the dividing line between north and south.
Leaves must be secured in bags and placed on the curb lawn near the street for pickup, with bags of a size that can be lifted into a truck by one person. Sticks and twigs will be picked up separately and must be bundled.
A fall tire drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the south fire station, 1320 Depot Road. Residents can drop off passenger car and light truck tires free of rims. Questions about either the leaf pickup or the tire dropoff can be answered by the township road department at 330-337-7266.
Trick or treat will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 to match the same hours as the city of Salem.
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