COVENTRY TWP. A property that has been a problem for decades for neighbors may soon no longer be a nuisance.
During the Aug. 10 trustee meeting, Coventry Township trustees voted in favor of declaring 3501 Highpsire Drive a nuisance so demolition can move forward. Neighbors showed up in full-force to voice their frustrations with the property, which have been ongoing for years.
Coventry Zoning Inspector George Beckham said the single-family home has been vacant for a while and it has major deficiencies. The owner does not live at the home, but neighbors said the owner uses the property to store items for yard sales and flea markets.
There are rodents going in and out of the home, junk outside covered with tarps, septic issues, trailers and tents on the property for storage and dumping of animal feces outside. Gas was shut off to the home in 2014 and the health department supports demolition of the property. The structure has also been declared unsafe by the Summit County Building Department.
Beckham said the township spent $2,000 in 1998 to clean up the property, but issues are ongoing.
Neighbors on either side of the property were present and voiced concerns about the lawn not being mowed and all the junk on the property. Neighbors have tried to mow a portion of the lawn only to have the owner of the home put items along the property lines preventing anyone from mowing the yard.
Russ Halsey, who has lived next door for 31 years, said he and his wife have considered moving because of the property. He said the grass has gotten so tall it has falls into his yard.
In other business, trustees:
- Heard from Beckham about Acme making some improvements to the parking lot at the Manchester Road store. A portion of the parking lot that is not being used near Wendy’s is being taken out and grass is being planted. Beckham said semi-trucks often parked in the area.
- Heard from Trustee Tom Seese who made a motion to have the Road Department install an approved piping system at 682 Senn Drive with all materials being purchased by the Road Department. He said the property owner has been asking that the ditch be enclosed. There was no second for the motion, causing it to fail.
- Heard another motion from Seese to put the Road Department on five 10 hour days to help catch up with a backlog of work. There also was no second and the motion failed. Seese noted the large back log of work, but Trustee Richard Kutuchief said he hasn’t had a lot of calls and wanted to see the back log. Seese said he didn’t have it with him.
- Heard from Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer about some of the work the Road Department has been doing. He said the July 10 storm required an entire week’s worth of work. The department has also been working on sightline issues. Stouffer said a lot have been done, but there are still more to do.
"Sightline issues are one of the most important things we do," Stouffer said.
He said when branches aren’t trimmed near the road they can clip a mirror on a plow truck and break the mirror causing the truck to be out of commission. The department has also been working on asphalt repairs and culvert work.
"We are trying to get areas fixed that will fail this winter so they don’t fail," Stouffer said.
The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at town hall.