Lawrence Township trustees act on concerns

Lawrence Township trustees act on concerns

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The Lawrence Township Board of Trustees took action on a number of recent resident concerns during their Oct. 28 meeting.

Zoning inspector Ron Weekley reported progress on Melrose Circle issues, saying the high grass neighbors complained about has been mowed by the owner. He also said the problem with junk cars being parked long-term along Hess Mill Road has been resolved.

Other zoning-related concerns were addressed including a recent dispute between residents on Olde Orchard Drive and the developer of the new Olde Orchard Hilltop subdivision. Weekley will look into complaints lodged by construction crews about a resident who is parking vehicles directly across from the dedicated private drive, blocking the ability of workers to access the job site. However, according to road supervisor Chuck McNutt, residents also have complained about not being able to get in and out of the area.

Weekley addressed other high-grass problems on vacant lots in Holly Height and at 1337 Russel Drive NW, the owner of which is currently in custody at the county jail.

Weekley said he will notify Krizman Enterprises that the township intends to enforce an Ohio Muni Code maximum height of 8 inches on vacant lots. He also will notify the owner of the Russel Drive property in writing, giving both seven days to comply.

As for the owner of unregistered parked cars on Melrose Circle, trustees voted to send a letter allowing seven days after receipt to comply before the township will arrange to have the vehicles removed and place a lien on the property.

“We have the right to do that, according to the Ohio Revised Code,” Weekley said. “We try not to do that, but after a year and a half, it seems like they’re not going to comply.”

Weekley said the owner of the cars has been contacted previously by himself and the county prosecutor’s office.


McNutt said the new International Low Pro truck ordered by the township will be built in December after several delays caused by COVID. Delivery is expected in April.

McNutt also said road salt has been ordered from the county for this winter, and trees have been trimmed on Laurens Square and along the river. In addition, workers spread 30 tons of asphalt on Oct. 28 in paving and patchwork on township roads.

Trustee Matt Ritterbeck asked McNutt to follow up with the county about recent requests made for “No Trucks” signs for Reed Road from Zutavern Church Road.

Bolivar Fire Chief Shawn Lynch told trustees the fire department had adopted changes to its articles of incorporation as requested to indicate that should the department ever be dissolved, all assets would remain in Lawrence Township.

Lynch also reported receiving a $69,470 grant from FEMA for additional fire gear, part-time firefighter/EMTs, and a fan to take smoke out of homes, a machine to test and assure the proper fit of each firefighter’s respirator mask, and some educational tools.

In other business

Trustees agreed to look at options for replacing the building’s 30-year-old carpeting. They also voted to do the following:

—Permit the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad to close the crossing at Eberhart Road Nov. 1-5 for repairs.

—Approve a liquor license renewal request by the Speedway store on state Route 212.

—Allow Tusky Valley High School to park a utility trailer near the township building.

—Donate a used grapple bucket to the Village of Strasburg.

—Sign a cooperation agreement stating the township would like to apply for a grant of up to $250,000, which would be used to pave Welton Road.