The Lake Township trustees heard a first reading Tuesday of a nuisance abatement policy – a measure intended to address complaints voiced recently by residents about noxious weeds and similar issues.
The policy adopts sections of the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to nuisance abatement and establishes a process to notify property owners and offer them time to correct the problem before taking legal action.
Melanie Bowen, chairperson of the board of trustees, called the policy a “work in progress” that will likely undergo a few changes before being formally adopted.
The policy calls for the township zoning inspector or administrator to photograph the property in question and mail a notice to the property owner.
If the problem isn’t addressed, the zoning inspector or administrator is to contact the Wood County prosecutor’s office and the township solicitor who will mail a second notice to the property owner.
The photos and other evidence will be presented to the trustees if the problem isn’t corrected after the second notice and the board will decide whether or not to start legal proceedings.
Costs incurred by the township can be placed on the tax duplicate for the property.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said the township already has policies covering junk vehicles and excessive noise.
In other business, the trustees:
• Agreed to begin a review of software systems for computerizing cemetery records. Bowen said the township needs to get its cemetery records into a database.
• Approved a recommendation by Dan McLargin, road supervisor, to resurface two roads with asphalt - Ayers Road, between Luckey and East Broadway roads ($12,000); Bradner Road, between state routes 795 and 163 ($5,000), and Ayers, between Lemoyne and Drouillard roads ($3,000).
• Hired Phil Dombey as township solicitor to replace Tom Hays, who moved from the area.