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Austintown trustees seek residents’ help

Published: Tue, April 10, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

Staff report


Township trustees are asking residents for help with the upkeep of vacant and foreclosed properties.

Trustee David Ditzler said spring and summer are when the township fields the most calls about high grass and weeds on vacant land. He said the township does mow, but on a somewhat limited basis.

“We need you to let us know if there are complaints, but understand the township does have to budget and expend money” for the cleanup, he said.

Ditzler said when a property is put on the nuisance complaint list and the township spends money to mow the lawn or clean it up, a lien is put on the property. The lien, in theory, allows the township to recoup some of the money spent maintaining the property.

Ditzler said in the past year or so, however, Austintown hasn’t received money back on properties foreclosed on by banks because they were absorbed into the Mahoning County Land Bank.

The land bank was created by the county commissioners last spring.

At present, there are about 100 land parcels, most of them in Youngstown, ready for foreclosure, Daniel R. Yemma, county treasurer and land-bank chairman, said previously.

“We’re paying to have the junk cleaned up and put a lien on the land,” Ditzler said. “But the lien is being forgiven if it’s put into the land bank, and we get nothing.”

Ditzler urged residents who live near vacant properties to do their best to keep the grass and debris under control.

“If you’re willing to go over and cut the lawn of a neighboring vacant property, it all helps keep us from expending taxpayers’ money,” he said.


1Photoman(1246 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

The trustees are asking citizens to do nothing more than what good neighbors would normally do.

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2busyman(239 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I have an idea! Get all those senior citizens that are enjoying our hostage tax dollars at the senior center away from the fun and frollics and have them go around to all these vacant properties and keep them up.

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3AtownParent(565 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree busyman. Maybe if they actually had those senior center members pay a membership fee the rest of the township would not be stuck footing the bill. I can not wait to get out of Youngstown West, otherwise known as Austintown.

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4rmzrez(134 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

??? what about the BANKS ???
Move to Boardman and you will know what Ytown is Atown . Do not give up a good thing

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Please RMZREZ do not have them move out to Boardman we have enought cry babies ,head in sand, dead heads out here.

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6rmzrez(134 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

HEY Free I live in Boardman
And you are right .
They have no idea what they are getting into .

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

HEY RMZREZ maybe they could move to North Jackson and have the best of Ytown and WVa all rolled into one .
The best of it all !!!!!
But so is Boardman come to think about it

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