Austintown officials grapple with grass

Published: Tue, June 11, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.



Township trustees were a little frustrated about having to authorize funding to cut the grass of private properties.

“It’s really frustrating for us, and it’s not our obligation, but we want our community streets to look nice, but that is tax dollars that could go toward road resurfacing,” Trustee Lisa Oles said during Monday’s meeting.

Issues with high grass on private properties is a topic the township has dealt with in the past. The zoning department estimated that there might be more than 100 private properties where the township cuts the grass to the curb for residents and businesses.

In other action, the trustees said the township will be able to put up new road signs at different intersections after receiving a $27,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

A state grant that will allow the township try out new equipment for road care is another incentive Austintown is considering for road improvement, said Trustee James Davis.

The police and fire departments thanked the Fraternal Order of the Eagles for their donations to both departments as well as the 9-11 Memorial Park. Last year, the police department was able to purchase new rifles with the donation.

“They [the Eagles] are a community organization that always goes above and beyond,” Davis said.

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