Coventry Trustees allow property owner to continue cleaning up property

Linda Vance will have an additional six months to clean up her property and make her house livable.

During the Nov. 9 trustee meeting, Vance was granted additional time to get her property on Highspire Drive up to par. During the August trustee meeting, trustees declared the property a nuisance following complaints that spanned for decades. During that meeting, neighbors voiced concerns about animals living in the house, tarps covering objects in the yard, septic issues and trailers in the yard.

Vance, during the Nov. 9 meetng, said she has cleaned up the yard and claimed her septic system is fine.

“There has been significant progress,” Trustee Edward Diebold said.

Zoning Inspector George Beckham and Diebold encouraged Vance to continue cleaning the property and making the house livable. Gas has been turned off to the property since 2014. Beckham said the house needs to be occupied. Neighbors have complained that Vance doesn’t live there.

“I don’t have to live in my house year-around,” Vance said. “My house has never been vacant.”

Vance said she goes to Florida during the winter months.

Trustee Richard Kutuchief said it is nice to see what Vance has done, but she needs to keep going.

Trustee Tom Seese said he has been on the board for a long time and property has been an ongoing issue.

“I sympathize with the neighbors,” Seese said. “I don’t want to tear your house down. You are not a new victim to the township.”

The trustees approved to give Vance six months to finish cleaning up the outside of the house and have a Health Department inspection of the inside to make sure it is livable.

In other business Nov. 9, trustees:

– Approved to join the Akron-Summit County Energy Improvement District. The district helps fund energy efficient projects. Coventry joins with Akron and Barberton. Recently, Fairlawn and Bath joined the district and the plan is to make it countywide. The projects are revenue neutral for the township as no money is lost and none is gained. The first project will be adding new lighting to the county sewer plant in Coventry.

– Approved to authorize the fire chief to enter into a contract with Gatchell Grant Resources to apply for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant for 11 sets of structural firefighter gear, two ALS heart monitor/defibrillators and two CPR chest compression devices.

– Approved a contract with Cargill in the amount of $48.47 per ton for salt for the winter season. Stouffer said the price is $3 less compared to last year because of the mild winters and demand being low.

– Approved a contract with Hybrid Heating and Cooling for heating and cooling services for the township. The contract is 20 percent lower than the current one.

– Heard from Seese who said he has had some calls about lowering the speed limit on some township roads to 15 mph instead of 25. The Ohio Revised Code states the roads are to be 25 mph, but Seese said he will research if a change can be made for some areas of the township.

The next Coventry Township Trustees Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at town hall.

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