Walbridge council tries to tidy up town
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:06
WALBRIDGE — Several issues related to tidying up the town were on last week’s council agenda.
Council voted unanimously to condemn a home at 223 Guy St. that Mayor Ed Kolanko said has been neglected for a couple of years. A tour of the outside of the property found multiple cats living inside, he said.
“It was also evident during our visual inspection the extremely poor condition of the property, the lack of maintenance and the need for the structure to be razed,” the mayor wrote.
According to obituary records, the former owners, Denis and Carol Bomer, died within eight days of each other at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in 2011.
In a letter to the Wood County Health Department dated Sept. 18, Kolanko also noted that about two years ago there was a water line break and the basement in the home flooded.
Village Administrator and Police Chief Kenneth Frost has been trying to keep an eye on the property but, Kolanko wrote, it is becoming increasingly challenging and a greater safety issue.
Kolanko said Solicitor Brian Ballenger has unsuccessfully hunted for relatives who will keep up or sell the Guy Street property, and taxes are accruing.
The house was declared a nuisance, which is the first step to tearing it down, Kolanko said.
The Bomer property was also one of three on a list that council will assess for weed cutting. The three property assessments total $750 and were submitted to the Wood County Auditor.
Also at the Sept. 18 meeting, council approved some changes to Loop Park to improve its appearance and usability.
Sue Hart-Douglas, chairwoman of the parks, recreation and community events committee, recommended that a batting cage be moved to Railway Park, and fencing and courts taken down. The land there will be leveled and seeded. Council approved the recommendation.
Hart-Douglas also said that she has applied for a state grant to fund some work at Loop Park.
Council also heard from resident Butch Slone who said he is opposed to changing trash collection from alleys to streets. He said the change could result in trash blowing in the streets and traffic backing up when trucks are collecting.
The change had been brought up at a recent council meeting.
Kolanko said Slone had valid points, but council also has to consider that trash trucks today are heavier and larger than in years past and could be doing damage to alleys.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Heard brush pickup starts Oct. 7, and leaf pickup will start later in the month.
• Voted to allow St. Jerome’s Catholic Church to use the village streets for a 5-K run on Nov. 9.