Lake Twp. seeks input on nuisance policy
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 20 September 2013 10:14
MILLBURY - Lake Township residents have another month to comment on a new nuisance policy and procedure.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees had the first reading on the policy and procedure, which has been in the works since early summer. The trustees said they plan on having two more readings before taking a vote.
The proposed policy and procedure on nuisance abatement states:
"The zoning inspector, administrator or solicitor shall initiate a nuisance investigation upon receipt of a resolution from the board of trustees, Lake Township to proceed and/or a written complaint from an adjacent property owner on forms so provided by Lake Township."
Enacting a nuisance policy was first brought up by the board in June. Zoning inspector Dave Miesmer said the current policy, which involves a letter asking residents to mow their lawns if they're deemed too long or noxious, lacked "teeth."
He said the trustees could enact assessments or fines. They also should decide if township employees should mow lawns, or if the work should be contracted.
Welling said the proposed one-paragraph, new policy is not complicated.
"This simplifies it," he said. "Hopefully, by the time it gets to this point, it will be resolved."
Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said the board would consider public feedback through the third week of October.
"So, digest this and come back to us with questions, comments, concerns," she said.
At Tuesday's meeting, one resident said she was not in favor of another policy.
"There's so many things that aren't enforced," she said.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Set Halloween trick or treat for Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
• Authorized spending $1,694 on a monitor and flash/ram from CDW Government, Vernon Hills, Ill. This will be used for the fire department's I Am Responding system.
• Heard Trustee Richard Welling say he has received a request from a Plumey Road resident to lower the speed limit from 55 mph. Since it is a platted subdivision, Welling said, the trustees can change the speed limit. The trustees asked Police Chief Mark Hummer to do a traffic study and make a recommendation.
• Accepted the resignation of firefighter Deb Harris.
• Heard August department reports. Police issued 41 citations and made 23 arrests; calls for service were 354 in the township, five for Millbury, 124 in Walbridge and Rossford had 392. Fire had 110 runs and Medic 50 had 113 runs. The cemetery had 14 burials. Zoning collected $790.
• Went into executive session to discuss fire and road personnel. No action was taken.