|Lake Twp. wants teeth in weed enforcement|
|Written by DEBBIE ROGERS, Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Saturday, 08 June 2013 07:21|
MILLBURY - Defining what a noxious weed is, and deciding what to do with the properties that are littered with them, is a dilemma for the Lake Township Trustees.
At last week's meeting, the trustees started reviewing its policy on controlling run-down yards in the township. Currently, the zoning inspector sends a letter asking the property owner to mow. Sometimes, it can get as far as a citation in Perrysburg Municipal Court.
What the letter lacks is "teeth" to enforce anything, said zoning inspector Dave Miesmer.
A new policy, with fines and tax assessments behind it, could be effective.
"It would enable me to speak from a point of authority," Miesmer said.
But the process can be time-consuming and expensive. A title search, just to find the exact owner of the property, can cost $300 to $500, he said. In many instances, those neglected properties are in foreclosure and the township would be one of the last to be paid, if and when the debts are settled.
If the township decided to pursue property owners with neglected lawns, the trustees must decide if they will use the township's manpower to mow or hire out the service, Miesmer said.
Another obstacle is following the letter of the law on what a noxious weed is, he said. There are several types, but they can be difficult to identify.
Also at the May 20 meeting, the trustees:
• Renewed supplement insurance for the fire department with Love Insurance Agency, Willoughby, for $3,892.
• Heard VFW Post 9963 in Walbridge is paying for a portable restroom at the "compassion garden" on Lemoyne Road. The garden provides food for the township food pantry and was planted on Sunday.
• Heard April department reports. Police made 20 arrests and issued 47 citations. Rossford had 320 calls, Lake had 298, Walbridge had 56 and Millbury logged 12. Medic 50 EMS had 82 runs and the fire department had 87. The cemetery had 18 burials. Zoning received $535.
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