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Boston resident gets another extension to clear property

10/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

Unexpected delays in getting price quotes caused the Boston Township Board of Trustees to once again give resident Bobby Pruitt one more chance to clean up his property at the meeting held Oct. 9.

At the previous meeting, trustees asked Zoning Inspector Larry Sulzer to get quotes on how much it would cost the township to bring someone in to clear off Pruitt’s land. Sulzer informed trustees during the Oct. 9 meeting he is still working on obtaining quotes, and the process of verifying Pruitt as the legal owner of all vehicles and trailers on his property is taking longer than expected.

“Unfortunately, because Mr. Pruitt’s vehicles are so old the serial numbers are not in the computer data base, they all have to be looked up manually. It’s taking longer than we expected,” Sulzer said. “The good news is that all vehicles, except for two, have serial numbers, but those have license plates we can trace to get the information, too.”

Once ownership can be confirmed, Sulzer will be able to bring accurate price quotes to the trustees, which should be by the next meeting.

Trustees also were informed by Assistant Zoning Inspector Doug Mayer, who also is Peninsula mayor, that Pruitt had secured an off-site property to move his vehicles and trailers to, and was in the process of helping the owner of that property make room for the items.

“Is this property also located in Boston?” asked Trustee Amy Anderson.

Mayer responded that he would find out.

Pruitt and his lawyer, Ken Fickey, were both unable to be present at the meeting but were planning on attending the next meeting, according to township officials.

Trustees Anderson and Randy Bergdorf voted 2-0 to extend Pruitt’s deadline for clearing his land until the next meeting, set for Oct. 23. Trustee Gerald Ritch was not present.

Trustees also discussed the Town Hall Committee and its progress, or lack thereof, on the improvements to be made to the Township Hall and old schoolhouse building. According to Anderson, doors should have been painted by now, the bulletin board should have been updated, mold and mildew from the back side of the building should have been cleared, trees were supposed to be cut down or trimmed and more.

“I’m really disappointed here,” Anderson said. “These are important issues that should have been addressed by now.”

Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon said she will talk with members of the committee again and hopefully resolve the issue as soon as possible.

In other business:

  • Anderson reported the new joint fire/EMS station for Boston, Boston Heights and Peninsula is up and running, so far without a hitch. She also said there have been two calls since the new station started running at the end of September and both had a much faster response time now that they are operating out of the Boston Heights Fire Station.
  • Road Superintendent Tim Tesmer said numbers had been purchased for new address markers in the township.

Trustees approved 2-0 the purchase of 50 posts, at $12 each. New markers will only be installed where needed, not at every address, according to Anderson.

The next meeting is set for Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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