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Springfield trustees approve more demolitions

1/16/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

During the Jan. 9 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved more work orders toward the effort of demolishing vacant or abandoned homes.

The work, with agreement from the property owners, includes:

  • the removal of asbestos, prior to demolition, of 2004 Portage Line Road at a cost of $3,050 to PS Construction, and its demolition, assigned to Butcher & Sons Inc., for a cost not to exceed $5,680; and
  • the demolition of structures at 2763 Canfield Road, at a cost not to exceed $5,200 to PS Construction.

Trustees also approved placing the $4,916 cost of nuisance abatement at 3340 Sanitarium Road as a lien on the property taxes of the home.

Also during the meeting, Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) Coordinator Linda Denton submitted a report of 2013 activities to trustees. The report indicates the VASP volunteered a total of about 3,534 hours during the year and took part in a variety of training sessions.

“The VASP has been extremely beneficial to the township, freeing Springfield police to deal with more serious problems,” said Trustee Chairman Dean Young.

In other business, trustees unanimously agreed to appoint Trustees Deborah Davis and Joe DiLauro to the Volunteer Fire Fighters Dependents Fund, commencing Jan. 1, with DiLauro to serve as secretary of the board.

Trustees also agreed to post a job for a payroll clerk to assist the fiscal officer. The job is for about 24 hours per week at the rate of $12 per hour. Applications, with more details, are available online at www.springfieldtownship.us. The applications are due by Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

In addition, trustees recognized and expressed their gratitude to Shirley Davis upon her retirement after 21 years of service directing and operating the food pantry through the Lakemore United Methodist Church.

Trustees adjourned into executive session to discuss compensation of new Parks Department employees, but no decision was made afterward.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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