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Boston trustees discuss action to clear property

3/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

At the Feb. 26 Boston Township Board of Trustees meeting, trustees discussed taking action to clear resident Bob Pruitt’s property.

Discussions have been ongoing relating to the Pruitt property, which has been overrun with old cars, trailers and other debris for several years now, according to township officials. Trustees gave Pruitt several opportunities to clear the property himself before they would step in and take action.

According to township officials, the last time Pruitt, or his lawyer, Ken Fickey, had any contact with the trustees or the township’s zoning department was in December through a phone call, and he was in the process of getting someone to help him move vehicles from his property.

At the past few township meetings, Zoning Inspector Larry Sulzer reported no progress has been made in clearing the property, presumably due to the cold weather.

“I think it’s time we start getting ready to take some action,” said township attorney Ed Pullekins. “We can start towing the vehicles that we have verified ownership on.”

Trustee Jerry Rich agreed and said the process of clearing this property has been going on for too long.

While no formal decisions were made at the meeting, the trustees said they will continue discussions at future meetings.

In other business:

  • Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon reported the trustees should see the first tax funds collected from the new joint economic development district (JEDD) by the end of March. Noragon also added the taxes will only be collected from those businesses that pay taxes monthly. Businesses that pay quarterly won’t have to pay for a few more months, and trustees shouldn’t take the first collection as an accurate representation of how much money the JEDD will bring into the township.
  • Trustees discussed the need for a new gutter system for Township Hall. According to Road Superintendent Tim Tesmer, icicles have been forming between the gutters and the building, which could potentially cause many problems.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be March 12 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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