Two topics were the focus at the Sept. 12 Coventry Township Trustee: House demolitions and noise complaints about restaurants on Portage Lakes.

Two topics were the focus at the Sept. 12 Coventry Township Trustee: House demolitions and noise complaints about restaurants on Portage Lakes.

Trustee David Calderone was absent from the meeting.

Trustees Tom Seese and Dr. Gary Zoldesy passed several motions approving more house demolitions as part of the Ohio Moving Forward program.

As part of the program, the township had to have the properties chosen for demolition tested for asbestos prior to the demolition.Trustees agreed to hire HEPA Environmental at a cost of $10,750 for the asbestos testing for properties: 3555 Portage Point, 3363 Cottage Grove, 3462 Dollar Drive, 428 Killian Road and 281 Hohman Drive.

Zoning Inspector George Beckham asked for approval to demolish several more structures: 660 Fruit Drive, 640 Fruit Drive, 283 Iris Avenue, 46 Organ Avenue, 965 Portage Lakes Drive, 1344 Lockwood Road, 730 Chenoweth Road, 1175 Lockwood Road.

All motion requests were approved by the Trustees.


Seese stated he has received four resident phone calls complaining of noise from restaurants on Portage Lakes.

“Yes, I do hear music on the nights that they have bands,” Seese said. “Do I think the township has done everything we can? Yes, I do. Do I want those places closed because a few people are complaining about hearing noise? No, I don’t.”

He went to say he would like to hear from more residents regarding the issue.

“I want to hear from the people who are silent out there,” Seese said. “Do they want us to go after these businesses and stop them from trying to draw a crowd and make money or do they want us to try to be plausible as we possibly can and make sure that they follow the rules we have in existence? But, please, understand the township can’t regulate noise, the county can regulate noise but the township cannot.”

Resident Dennis Green took Seese up on his request and voiced his complaint regarding the noise.

“It’s like living in an amphitheater,” Green said. “…We’ve been forced to go indoors, close our doors and you can still hear the drums and cymbals. I just don’t feel that it is very neighborly. It’s going to be another three months next summer of our suffering or tolerance for their personal profit and it doesn’t add up to me.”

In other business Sept 12, Trustees:

• Agreed to accept canned goods at the Oct. 10 Trustee meeting for the Lockwood United Methodist Church Food Pantry.The Lockwood Food Pantry is open from 9:30 a.m. to Noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. It is located at 3680 Manchester Road. For more information call 330-644-2227.

• Approved a motion for road closures for the Water Splash Dash 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 5. The event runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and affects the following roadways: Cottage Grove, Daisy, S. Jasmine, Conlin, Needle, E. Magnet, E. Iris, Cope, Lemar, E. Minor, E. Vista, Finland, and Jarvis.

The next Coventry Trustees meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Township Hall.