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Perry Township trustees addressed over noise issue

Morning Journal/ Mary Ann Greier Perry Township trustees honored road crew member Tony Ieropoli with a token of their appreciation Monday upon his retirement after 30 years effective Sept. 1. From left are Fiscal Officer John Volio, Trustee Chair Steve Bailey, Ieropoli, Trustee Jim Armeni and Trustee Don Rudibaugh.

SALEM — A West 14th Street couple is looking for help from Perry Township with a noise issue over their neighbor revving his car engines early in the morning and late at night.

“I just want to know how we can solve the problem,” Dean Bosworth said.

He and his wife Patty addressed Perry Township Trustees on Monday about the issue they say they’ve been dealing with for some time. They said the noise from the revving of the engines occurs anywhere from 5:30 to 6 a.m. wakes them up in the morning and then at night it interrupts their television viewing between 9 and 9:30 p.m. or later.

“It’s really getting old,” Patty said.

They called police on Sept. 1 and Dean said “you would think he would stop after the chief talked to him, but it didn’t.”

Since then at the urging of police, he’s been keeping a log and recording the noise incidents, with times ranging anywhere from 5:37 a.m. to 6:55 a.m.

“When he knows we call the police, he retaliates,” Dean said, noting that he peeled out of their yard, but they didn’t witness it.

Police Chief Mike Emigh said he thought he had an understanding with the neighbor about not revving the engines before 7 a.m. and said he did ask the Bosworths to record it, but whether something can be done will depend on how that information is interpreted.

Part of the problem he had with enforcement dealt with landscapers and construction crews who try to get an early start. If he cites one person, he would have to go after all of them. He said there has to be some leeway.

He said he can present the information to the prosecutor.

Trustee Chair Steve Bailey asked the Bosworths to talk with the chief again and present him with their recordings and the police can contact the neighbor again, then they’ll see what they can do.

In other business, trustees approved a pair of big purchases, using American Rescue Plan funds to buy a Kobelco mini excavator from Southeastern Equipment for $66,629 and a Moritz trailer from Bennett Trailer Sales for $10,423. The trustees also agreed to buy a 2.3-acre property at 1378 Depot Road from William and Douglas Slanker for $55,000 using general fund money.

The property borders the township’s south garage property and Bailey said it will allow the township to bring dirt and grindings currently stored on other properties to that property close to the garage. He said there are other possible uses in the future for the land.

“I think it’s a good move for the township,” Trustee Jim Armeni said.

Trustee Don Rudibaugh told Fire Chief Doug Messimer that the building on the land could be good for training for the fire department before it’s torn down. Messimer said that would be great.

Bailey said the mini excavator will be used for replacing culverts and catch basins and can be used to pick up stuff or dig. He said the mini excavator can be used instead of the larger back hoe, which takes more space to operate, plus the smaller equipment won’t tear up the streets.

Trustees also: approved the purchase of six new tires for fire engine 76 from Salem Tire for $3,376; agreed to request survey work from the Columbiana County engineer for Painter Road; agreed to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s township stimulus program; amended the budget numbers sent to the county auditor; and reviewed their liability insurance coverage with Bill Lucas of the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA). Through the stimulus program, the township can apply for up to $250,000 for paving, culvert replacements and other road maintenance.

Rudibaugh noted that the county engineer was applying for $50,000 in engineering funds for possible water drainage projects in the area of Painter Road, Stewart Road and Countryside Drive.

Trustees presented retired road worker Tony Ieropoli with a token of their appreciation for his service after 30 years on the job, with Bailey saying the trustees appreciate everything he’s done. Road Supervisor Darreck Ferrell told Ieropoli how much his service was appreciated, including his punctuality.

“I wish you happy returns,” he said.

Zoning/Nuisance Inspector Jeff Christopher reported four new permits issued since the last meeting in August and one nuisance call for debris. He also talked about a sign situation on South Lincoln Avenue across from the Church at the Center. A resident who had complained previously about the noise from the church’s outdoor services finally removed a boat that had been holding up a pair of signs, but Christopher said a letter has been sent about having the signs up longer than 30 days.

Apparently a temporary sign is only allowed for 30 days. He also talked briefly about the fee structure for penalties regarding nuisance and zoning violations.

Armeni asked if the township issues permits for driveway installations and learned the township does not. He asked if that’s something the township should consider, adding maybe they can look at what other townships are doing.

A recently wrecked police cruiser, which was struck by another vehicle, has been totaled by the insurance company and the chief is looking for a replacement car. This was the same cruiser that was damaged in July when another vehicle struck it. Armeni quipped maybe they should get a Hummer, one that can take some hits.

The next meeting will be 4 p.m. Sept. 27.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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