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Lakemore Village Council hears tree complaint

7/4/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — During a brief regular meeting July 1, a local resident made Lakemore Village Council aware of what he said could be a potentially dangerous situation.

Marshall Taylor said his home, located at the intersection of Main Street and Springfield Lake Drive, is being impacted negatively by his neighbors’ trees.

He said the old maples are “hazardous trees” that should be cut down. According to Taylor, the 60-foot-high trees have long limbs hanging over service lines, as well as a portion of Springfield Lake Drive.

He told Council the limbs also drape over his home and garage, and he is concerned they may come tumbling down soon on his property or village property.

Taylor said he asked the owner of the trees to take care of the limbs several times, but the matter remains unaddressed.

Council President Tammie Coontz said she believes it is a civil matter, but the village could examine the trees in question to make sure they would not impact village property in any way.

Taylor said he spoke with Mayor Rick Justice about the situation recently and was hoping to hear back from him soon. Justice was absent from the meeting.

Council members thanked Taylor for making them aware of the issue and suggested he contact Ohio Edison to see if the electric company would take a proactive approach and remove some of the limbs.

Also during the meeting, Council approved amending the permanent appropriations for 2013 to re-appropriate revenue funds for expenditures in Fund 5101 “Water Operations” with funds obtained from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) loan for the well No. 5 project. According to the legislation, $14,018 is being re-appropriated for Fund 5101 to pay engineering expenses from the well No. 5 project that was paid from the OWDA loan.

Council also accepted the 2014 alternative tax budget for the village and the resignations of Christopher Cutright and Adam Lovell from the Lakemore Fire Department.

The next regular Council meeting will take place July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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