BROOKFIELD Residents to vote on zoning

Voters have rejected zoing issues three times since 1982.
BROOKFIELD -- Township residents will get another chance to establish zoning guidelines.
After spirited debate at the second of two public hearings on the issue, trustees voted Monday night to place the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Voters have rejected zoning issues on the ballot three times since 1982, according to the Trumbull County Board of Elections.
Residents at Monday's hearing were split down the middle.
Garbage and junk were among the chief concerns of those favoring zoning. Costs and red tape were cited by business owners in opposition.
"I'm in favor of the zoning issue because I don't feel I should have to live near garbage dumps, which end up decreasing the value of my property," said Deborah Kirk, a zoning board member. Her comment was hailed by supporters.
Rev. James Dixon of the Mount Olive Mission Church said township residents are being penalized because of junk that's left behind by people who move out of the township. He said it's hard to get money from a bank to improve property when the surrounding area is cluttered.
Object to fees: Business owners dislike the fees attached to expansion projects and the long period they would have to wait to get zoning board approval of their projects.
Trustee Janalyn K. Saloom stated clearly that she is in favor of zoning. Trustee J. Philip Schmidt told residents, "This issue is now in your hands." Trustee Gary Lees said, "We've got by without it, but if it passes, we'll make do."
The resolution calls for guidelines governing property maintenance and land use.
Brookfield is one of only four townships in Trumbull County without zoning. The others are Mecca, Mesopotamia and Vernon.

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