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Trustees OK agreement for Southern Road property

2/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Nikki Smith

The Richfield Board of Trustees approved an agreement Feb. 9 between the township and the property owners of 2678 Southern Road to address property deemed hazardous by the Summit County Division of Building Standards.

Fiscal Officer Laurie Pinney, who recently resigned from her position as township zoning inspector, and her husband, Jerome Pinney, own the Southern Road property that has been the source of neighborhood complaints for several months. In August, trustees declared the property, which includes a vacant house and detached garage, a nuisance because of excessive vegetation and ordered the grass and weeds cut. At a Dec. 1 trustees meeting, Dale Fashinpaur, a Southern Road resident, asked trustees to address structures on the property.

The settlement agreement states the Pinneys will have 75 days after permits are issued to repair the garage and meet the Summit County building code. If they fail to do so, the trustees can enforce the order and have the building demolished.

According to Trustee Janet Jankura, the township isn’t pursuing demolition of the house at this time; however, the vegetation resolution will continue to be monitored and enforced.

The trustees held a public hearing with the Pinneys and county officials Jan. 25 to discuss what to do with the property. According to minutes of that meeting, a letter from the Summit County Division of Building Standards dated Nov. 18, 2016, stated the garage at the property was a serious hazard.

The minutes also stated Laurie Pinney asked trustees for the opportunity to consult with contractors to evaluate possible repairs and to speak with Building Standards officials to address structural concerns.

Residents who attended the Feb. 9 trustees’ meeting pressed for demolition of structures on the property.

“We basically have a nice neighborhood, and dropped right in the middle of this is something that you’d see from the inner city, a vacant building with a garage that’s already been declared a nuisance. It’s not maintained,” said James Martello, of Southern Road. “Nothing has been done. Enough time has gone by. Something positive should be done now.”

In other news, trustees:

  • learned Cody Bennett was sworn in Feb. 7 as a new full-time firemedic for the Richfield Fire Department;
  • have been involved in trying to work with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office regarding erosion issues within the Glencairn Forest subdivision. Since being reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, there has been no resolution between the two parties, according to township officials. Jankura said she will sign a letter to the Ohio EPA on behalf of the trustees asking for assistance and an update on the matter’s current status;
  • agreed to join Richfield Village in an Arbor Day Tree Giveaway with a $1,000 donation from the General Fund. The event will be held April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon behind the Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road;
  • passed a proclamation to acknowledge 2017 as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Richfield Village. The trustees presented Richfield Village Councilwoman Pat Healey, who is overseeing much of the Jubilee planning responsibilities, with the proclamation; and
  • approved the 2016 annual highway system mileage certification. The report is confirmed as accurate by Service Department foreman Jerry Schall and will be used for the state motor vehicle fuel taxes that are returned to the township, according to township officials.

The next regular Richfield trustees meeting will take place March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richfield Township Administration and Service Department building, located at 3038 Boston Mills Road.

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