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Visual boosts continue in village

11/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — Lakemore officials remain focused on bettering the appearance of the village.

At a brief regular meeting Nov. 4, Mayor Rick Justice reported on ongoing clean-up efforts, specifically to remove abandoned houses.

He said two dilapidated homes were taken down last week, greatly improving the look of Lakemore.

The village has been able to financially afford several demolitions of blighted properties this year through the Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program, Justice has said.

The mayor said a number of residents’ outbuildings, specifically old sheds and dog houses, have deteriorated and are eyesores in the village.

He announced Lakemore’s trash hauler, Republic Waste, will provide the community with two, 30-yard trash receptacles in the near future so residents can dispose of outside structures.

“Council will be working over the next couple of meetings on the details,” Justice said. “This effort will continue to help improve the look of the village.”

Another burden for the Village of Lakemore has been the vacant Edwin Shaw property.

In 2009, the rehabilitation operation relocated to Cuyahoga Falls, leaving the 108-acre property and medical buildings without a use.

Efforts to sell the property have been unsuccessful due to the amount of possible remediation needed at the site, according to village officials.

Justice announced during the meeting, however, there are a few parties interested in the property now, after the completion of a Phase II study.

The mayor had said the study would provide a report on potential soil and/or groundwater contamination.

“We are anxious for something to happen there,” Justice said.

Additionally during the meeting, Council approved making appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the village for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, with transfers totaling $20,323. The transfers are being made to afford expenses for the remainder of 2013, said Fiscal Officer Tracy Fast.

In other city business:

  • The Veterans Day ceremony by the local Army and Navy Club will take place Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Triangle.
  • Council will hold workshop meetings Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.
  • The annual Tree Lighting Celebration will be held at Nov. 30 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building and will include refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.

The next Lakemore  Council meeting is set for Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building. The regular meeting scheduled for Dec. 2 has been canceled.

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