Written by Larry Limpf
Monday, 22 September 2008 11:04
A resolution that authorizes the Lake Township trustees to remove junk vehicles from private and public property was introduced during the trustees meeting last week.
The resolution defines a junk motor vehicle as being at least three model years old, apparently inoperable, and extensively damaged, including missing wheels, tires, engine, or transmission.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said changes in the Ohio Revised Code that went into effect earlier this year allow townships more authority for addressing the problem of junk vehicles.
A junked vehicle on public property may be removed immediately.
For vehicles on private property the township will follow a procedure that starts with the trustees issuing a written notice to the property owner of intent to remove the vehicle.
The notice will include a description of the vehicle and the time, date, and place the trustees will formally review the information that contends the vehicle meets the criteria for being junk.
The owner will be allowed to present evidence at the hearing at which the board of trustees will decide whether or not to issue an order for removing the vehicle.
Owners will have 14 days from the date of the hearing to remove vehicles.
Expenses incurred by the township for removing the vehicle will be placed as a lien against the property owner’s taxes.
The resolution doesn’t apply to vehicles at a scrap metal processing facility, a motor vehicle salvage dealer, salvage vehicle auction or motor vehicle pool, or towing service.
Mr. Welling said the public will have a chance to comment on the proposed resolution, which will have two more readings before being voted on.
The trustees also agreed to enter into an agreement with Lennex Realty Co. to purchase two parcels of land near the township cemetery on Walbridge Road.
The trustees intend to pay $7,500 an acre for 6.6 acres at the northeast corner of Walbridge and Lemoyne roads, just west of the cemetery, and $12,000 an acre for about 49 acres on the south side of Walbridge Road.
The purchase agreement allows the township to opt out if the property is deemed to be unsuitable, Mr. Welling said.
The trustees said the 6.6-acre parcel is prone to flooding but they estimate about two-thirds of the land can be used for the cemetery expansion.
The trustees project the current rate of burials – about 20 to 25 a month - will fill the current cemetery in about 10 years.