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Boardman official: All trees must be replaced behind Sam's



Published: Wed, October 3, 2012 @ 3:32 a.m.

BOARDMAN

Motorists on Interstate 680 southbound near the U.S. Route 224 exit have probably noticed a large section of woods behind Sam’s Club was cleared recently.

Zoning Inspector Anna Mamone said 138 trees were removed without the township’s knowledge and her office will not release a requested sign permit for that location until all the trees are replaced.

Mamone said it appears a contractor who was going to install the signs cut the trees.

The trees were part of the original plans approved by zoning officials.


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1daysleeper47(59 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Those trees have been gone for over a month. Just now someone is noticing?

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2BoardmanSpartan1(12 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

More than replacing the trees, whoever is responsible for that fencing along 680 where the trees were needs to fix that. The fencing is all mangled and looks awful along 680 where the trees were removed.

Ya there are other issues in Boardman that need to be addressed, but would you suggest Boardman officials should do nothing about this? Some of you people just find a reason to complain about township officials any chance you get.

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3CountryGirl51(207 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Wonder if he got someones permission to cut them down or he gave himself the permission

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4DwightK(1304 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Actually, this is exactly what the zoning department is for.

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5walter_sobchak(1982 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

If they cut down 138 trees on that small plot of land, then they are counting saplings. So, once the company files plans with the zoning dept, they are prohibited from changing landscaping or doing maintenance? Isn't this "their" property?

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6boardmanres(40 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I am glad to hear this, and I think Anna is doing a great job, not only with this situation but the other issues that continue to arise.

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7bdladdy(2 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I think you are all missing the point. I recall from an urban internship I had taken in the early 90's that the plaza development of Walmart/Dicks/etc. had an unintended side effect. The trees in this area prior to construction prevented the absorption of water-runoff. Occasional intense rains without soil to suck up the much of the additional water would flow from the newly black-topped plaza in Boardman and pool in Brownlee Woods across the freeway in Youngstown. A difficult problem to solve when two separate municipalities are involved.

Then we come to Sam's Club. I can only image how that part of South Ave Ext. has exploded with development. I can't imaging any scenario in which the additional construction and parking lots could remotely absorb the ground swell. Somebody is probably experiencing some flooding. The trees may have been part of a larger disaster prevention measure to prevent any devastation caused my heavy rains. Every tree counts. We're not talking about hydroplaning on 224 (as if that is not dangerous enough) but imaging local business owners and home owners draining basements that can't keep up with pumping, the need to replace drywall, carpets, furniture, building foundations, as well as inventory. Also consider the effect of heavy run-off on infrastructure. Bridges are made of steel and cement but the foundations tend to be less stable with fast moving torrents.

I'm not a tree-hugger but I do see the need to use less blacktop for the sake of runoff. As to the nay-sayers who like to spout off about the immorality of paying taxes or complain about projects they might not understand. Consider this: government is the only entity thinking about disasters that may befall your neighborhood from fire to flood. Take the time to get a grip on WTF your taxes pay for—the stuff you see as well as the countless services you don't.

Being a Patriot is paying your taxes, while for some reason whining about taxes with holding a flag with a snake on it is the new stars and stripes.

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

bdladdy@ said

Being a Patriot is paying your taxes, while for some reason whining about taxes with holding a flag with a snake on it is the new stars and stripes

I like that my I use it bdladdy

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9JBullfrog(21 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

According to the Boardman Township webpage the zoning staff consists of four people: a zoning inspector, an assistant zoning inspector/office manager, and two field agents. Some issues, like this one, are relatively easy to settle. Others, like dealing with vacant houses, take time, especially if those properties are in in the process or foreclosure and the banks are involved. There are also things the zoning staff just can't do, like condemn a building. If drainage really is a problem, planting a few trees along the road isn't going to help. In any case, if leaving the trees up was part of the approved plans as stated in the article something should be done to correct the situation.

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10JBullfrog(21 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

^ I said, "If drainage really is a problem, planting a few trees along the road isn't going to help." What I should have said was, "If drainage really is a problem, having trees planted along the road is going to help."

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