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austintown Trustees discuss nuisance properties, fireworks

Published: Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Robert Connelly



Trustees discussed property nuisances and heard from a resident about fireworks at their meeting Monday afternoon at Austintown’s Senior Center.

Zoning inspector Darren Crivelli and trustee Lisa Oles combined to list about 60 properties that violated township ordinances. Tall grass and assorted junk in their yards were the most- common violations. Crivelli said they had about 50 properties at the time of their last meeting, and township crews can cut about two or three properties a day; homeowners or property owners are billed $500 on their taxes. If the property is abandoned, a lien is put on the property so the township can be reimbursed.

Holton Inc. of Lordstown was approved to demolish two homes. Those are 2624 S. Canfield-Niles Road, at a cost of $4,200, and 4949 Fitzgerald Ave., at a cost of $21,000. Crivelli explained that the Fitzgerald Avenue house had a fire more than three months ago, and the fire inspector determined the house was unsafe to enter to remove asbestos. Crivelli said that means they are “treating the whole house as asbestos-filled.”

The township will be reimbursed the $21,000 through insurance companies.

Jim Henshaw, director of the Senior Center, said it has seen 72 visitors a day compared with 52 this time last year. He added that those visitors take part in 98 activities a day, from bingo to card games, among other activities. “It’s refreshing to see that, and we are still seeing about a person or two a day” who are new visitors, Henshaw said.

During the public-comment section, a resident of Spring Meadow Circle asked for assistance with neighbors who block off the street and shoot fireworks that hit roofs or garages of residences, leaving damage. Fire Chief Andy Frost explained that it is legal to buy fireworks in the state but not legal to shoot them off. He also said that the fire department as well as the police department can increase patrols in those areas to deter people from setting off fireworks.

“We just ask them to stop ... ask them to take care of it on their own,” Frost said. If that doesn’t work and they keep getting called out, authorities confiscate the fireworks and destroy them.

Ron Borngesser updated township officials on the progress of the Habitat for Humanity house being built for Marine James Skok on New Road, which will have the outside completed by this weekend. He also said that Austintown is looking into building another veteran’s home in the township and elsewhere in Mahoning County in the future.

“What I’m trying to do is get every town in Mahoning County a home for a veteran,” Borngesser said.


1janeyblue3(85 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

LOL you are the jackass. We are not talking bottle rockets and a few fire crackers. They mean big massive fireworks that have no place in a residential neighborhood. None of these morons bother to clean up their own messes. They don't care if their garbage is on someone elses rood,possibly creating a structure fire. (With the street illegally blocked it makes it difficult for first responders to get anywhere.) The fallout ends up not only on a roof,but in gutters clogging them,in pools,in yards and gardens. But they don't care. Nor do they care that many kids are asleep by 9 or 10.
Lastly it is a fact more dogs run off on July 4th than any other day. Doesn't matter if your yard is fenced or not,a terrified dog will escape. It is possible the animal may never be found or will be injured somehow.
I am not aganist fireworks,but at least have respect for your neighbors. Clean up your mess. Why not have your kids help clean up your older neighbors yards the day after? Let your neighbors with pets know when you will be setting your fireworks off so they may put their dog(s) inside,preferably in an inside room with loud music or the TV on.
LOL won't do any of these things because LOL has no respect. It shows in your ignorant comment.
Finally,people,don't block the streets! What if someone needs an ambulance? You are taking valuable time from them. You could cost a life.

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2DwightK(1520 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Shooting off fireworks is one thing but blocking the street is ridiculous. Just drive through. What are they going to do?

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3seventotal(17 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I will only charge $450 per lawn and will cut 10 a day instead of the 2 the township cuts. That will be 8 more lawns per day cut, which would be about 720 more in a summer. This, done at a savings of $50 per lawn, would equal a savings of $45,000 over the summer! The best part is that I would take in $405,000 in income over the 3 month summer! (If I could ever collect.)

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4DSquared(1727 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

LoL obviously doesn't have to wake up in the morning to go to a job! The whole fireworks business has gotten out of control. Someone like him is going to get shot pretty soon because of the arguments that these occurances cause!

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5janeyblue3(85 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Funny when they cut the yard near me,there were 5 to 6 guys,2 riding mowers,one trimming and one push mower,the others stood and watched. Two truck loads of "men". And they can only cut 2 or 3 a day? It took my son 15 minutes to cut my grass with a push mower.
Maybe if they didn't spend hours in the back of the cemeteries more could get done.
Good luck seven! You could replace 99% of the crew.
Dwight,you've never driven through one of these displays and had bottle rockets shoot through your car? I've seen it happen. Of course most would put the windows up as the smoke is so thick you can barely see two houses down.
Which does bring up the health issue,besides the noise pollution,the smoke is horrendous. For those of us with lung diseases,why must I confine myself indoors for the night? As well as the little kids with asthma and chronic lung diseases,should they too be punished?
Hopefully none of these morons will blow their hand off and need first responders. Also hope they keep a bucket of water for the spent fireworks and a hose close by.

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