HUBBARD City sees progress in its crackdown on junk cars

The city annexed Deer Creek Golf Course from Hubbard Township.
HUBBARD -- The city has been making progress on its crackdown of junk cars, city officials said.
Safety Service Director Robert Paterniti and Law Director Gary Gilmartin told city council Monday that at least 100 citations have been issued in the past two months.
Paterniti said theaction was taken to deal with junk vehicles because it had reached "epidemic proportions."
He said 10 vehicles were removed from one location.
Gilmartin told lawmakers most of the vehicles don't have to be towed because the owners get them registered before the city can remove them.
Paterniti said a vehicle must have a valid registration, and be properly insured and operable. If a citation is issued, the city will tow the vehicle within 72 hours if one of the criteria is not met.
Councilman William Williams, D-at-large, said he appreciated the effort because it enhances the appearance of the community.
Other business
Mayor George Praznik reported he has received a handful of complaints about the unusual taste of water, especially on dead-end streets.
Praznik told council that the city's water source, Consumers Pennsylvania Water Co., explained to him that the unusual taste is the result of algae and is being treated with carbon.
In other business, council approved the annexation of the 254-acre Deer Creek Golf Course along East Liberty Street from Hubbard Township. Trumbull County commissioners had approved the annexation.
The acreage includes the course and driving range across the road.
Course owner James LaCivita told council that he needed the annexation to obtain city utilities. He said his $1,500-per-month electric bill will drop $200 to $300 monthly when he receives city power.
LaCivita said he does not plan to build any homes along the course. However, he has reserved eight lots off the course if family members want to build houses.

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