Coventry voters approved both a general fund renewal levy and a new road levy for the township Nov. 8. Despite the passage of the levies, there is still work to be done.
COVENTRY TWP. Coventry voters approved both a general fund renewal levy and a new road levy for the township Nov. 8. Despite the passage of the levies, there is still work to be done.
During the Nov. 10 trustees meeting, Coventry Road Superintendent Lael Stouffer thanked voters who supported the levy and said his department will provide the best services possible and spend taxpayer’s money wisely.
Stouffer said he plans to go into more detail in future meetings about how the money will be used. He encouraged community members that he has an open-door policy for anyone with questions about the road department.
Trustee Edward Diebold thanked voters for supporting the township issues and said a police levy will be coming in the spring. He said the plan is to present three-, five- and 10-year contracts from the sheriff and have a community discussion about which plan is best.
Diebold said he has had several calls about the township parks and if they will reopen since the general fund levy passed.
"This was a straight renewal, it doesn’t help with the parks," Diebold said.
The township tried to pass an increase general fund levy twice and it failed, leaving the only option to go for a renewal.
Trustee Richard Kutuchief said Coventry Township has the "best community members anywhere." He stressed there is still more work to do and that it took a long time to spread the word about the township’s needs.
Seese also thanked everyone who supported the levies and displayed yard signs. He said the police contract is a serious issue and he doesn’t want to see police services reduced.
In other business Nov. 10 trustees:
- Delayed a public hearing regarding a fire damaged rental dwelling at 301 Hyacinth Ave. Coventry Zoning Inspector George Beckham said the owner of the property said he could not be at the meeting and asked the hearing be pushed back to December. The property had a fire in April 2014 and there have been issues with the owner getting insurance money. Beckham said the outside of the property was redone, but then work stopped. The property has been approved to be razed, but state law changed allowing the owner to have a public hearing. Beckham said the owner has 60 days to get the house in a condition to be lived in or demolition will proceed. Trustee Tom Seese said if the property owner doesn’t show up at the December meeting, the trustees will decide how to move forward. Neighbor Gary Riffle said there are animals living in the structure and that it needs demolished.
- Heard from Beckham about other house demolitions in the township. He said so far five houses have been demolished and more are coming soon. He said there has been no progress on a home on North Turkeyfoot Lake Road, which trustees gave several months to fix up. Demolition will likely be the next step for the property.
- Announced there will be a fall leaf and scrap tire drop off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Logan Field.
- Announced the Coventry Fire Department will fill a truck for a food drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Acme on Manchester Road. Donations will be sent to the Lockwood Food Pantry to benefit needy families in the Portage Lakes.
- Approved for Coventry Fire Chief John Dolensky to purchase 22 self-contained breathing apparatus and accessories with the amount not to exceed $150,250, with $143,096 to be reimbursed through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
- Approved to accept the resignation of part-time FireMedic Ross Wymer.
The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the town hall.