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Boston trustees give resident one more chance to clean up sites

8/1/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Boston Board of Trustees, at the July 24 meeting, agreed to give resident Bobby Pruitt one more chance to salvage junk cars, tires and other items from property owned by his mother, Lura Jean Brown.

The township obtained a court order requiring Pruitt to comply with township zoning regulations and clear the property of trash and debris two years ago, according to Trustee Chairman Amy Anderson.

Pruitt and Cuyahoga Falls attorney Ken Fickey, who described himself as a high school friend of Pruitt’s, presented trustees with a plan to have the property cleared in 60 days and prevent trustees from hiring a salvage company to clear the property at Pruitt’s expense.

Anderson and Trustee Gerald Ritch said they were unwilling to give Pruitt another chance, since he failed to execute previous cleanup plans submitted to the board. Anderson and Ritch said they thought Pruitt had made very little progress in cleaning up the property and the township had waited long enough.

Fickey told trustees he became involved to try to help Pruitt salvage some of the property himself, allowing Pruitt to keep the cash generated by selling salvageable items instead of owing money to a salvage company. Fickey said he had taken a “cursory” look at the court order and thought there were problems with how the judgment was obtained. He said if trustees did not allow Pruitt another chance to clear the property, Fickey would comply with Pruitt’s request to take legal action against the township.

Anderson asked township legal counsel Edward Pullekins what could be wrong with the court order obtained by the township.

Pullekins said he did not think there were any issues with the court order that would give Pruitt the basis for legal action.

Following an executive session to discuss possible litigation, trustees agreed to give Pruitt until Sept. 25 to clear the property. Pullekins was instructed to send Fickey a letter with a cleanup schedule developed by trustees. The schedule requires Pruitt to report to trustees at the Aug. 14 meeting that he accepts the schedule. The schedule requires Pruitt to clear the Geoppert Road parcel by Aug. 28 and to have the Akron-Cleveland Road parcel cleared by Sept. 25. Failure to comply with the schedule will result in enforcement of the court order with the township clearing the property.

In other action, trustees:

  • noted the Boston Township Hall roofing project will begin in October. Trustee Randy Bergdorf said the Boston Township Hall Committee realized a $6,500 savings on the slate when the vendor offered the committee material from a project that was canceled;
  • accepted a proposal to sand and paint windows in the trustees’ meeting space;
  • heard Summit County Council passed the township’s proposed Joint Economic Activity District (JEAD) proposal to the Summit County Board of Elections for the November ballot;
  • heard details of the proposed contract for fire and rescue services between the Valley Fire District and the village of Boston Heights. Anderson said details of the contract have been hammered out, but it still needs to be approved by Boston Heights and Valley Fire District members Boston Township and Peninsula Village. Anderson said she hoped, if the contract is approved, the cooperation among the three entities would make the fire department a more attractive grant applicant; and
  • continued their discussion of the possible annexation by Cuyahoga Falls of property surrounding Wetmore Road. Trustees said they may reject Cuyahoga Falls’ proposal, as the annexation would cost the township revenue should the township’s JEAD be approved by voters and Payment in Lieu of Taxes funding from the federal government.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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