Proposed junkyard ongoing concern at comissioners meeting
By Taylor Kaser -
Discussion regarding worries about a conditional use permit application for Central Ohio Metal Exchange was revisited at the commissioners’ September 19 regular meeting. The business, located off of Tidewater Rd. has been described as a junk yard by nearby neighbors.
In addition to his issues concerning the junkyard itself, resident Darin Seiber cited a collapsed structure on the same property as a potential problem. He stated that the structure has been down since a snowstorm in 2008, and itself dates back to 1953, and Seiber believes it may contain asbestos.
“I’ve chased children off of that the structure from my property,” said Seiber. He explained that the building could pose a serious health threat if does contain asbestos.
“I have filed a nuisance complaint on that property through the Township Trustees, Health Department, and the Zoning Office,” said Seiber, who has also contacted the EPA regarding the possible asbestos.
Commissioner Tom Whiston communicated that in his talks with the Canaan Twp. Trustees, he’s learned that they are drafting a letter to be sent to the property owner about the problem.
“We talked to the Township Trustees and they assured us that they would be proceeding,” said Jackson, “We met with the Prosecuting Attorney Howland and he assured us that they’re proceeding to do everything legally that they’re capable of doing.”
Regarding the allowance of the permit, Jackson said, ” I haven’t heard anything back yet from the BZA, they were going to make an inspection of the property to make a determination of whether or not they were going to issue a permit.” He noted that he has requested the recording from the latest Board of Zoning Appeals where the request was being discussed.
“I have not exaggerated or sensationalized any part of my side of this issue, I have valid grounds for appeal. And if the decision goes in the favor of Central Ohio Metal Exchange, I will be filing the appeal. I’m very confident that I will end up winning that appeal.” said Seiben.
Also in the meeting, Whiston was approved to sign a change order regarding the airport rehabilitation project for the runway and taxiway. The completion date of the project, per the construction contract with Kokosing Construction, Inc., is being extended.
The completion date for the asphalt surface course, topsoil, seeding and mulching, and temporary marking on the runway, taxiway, and road will be August 30, 2012. Permanent runway and taxiway marking will be finished on October 12, 2012. The time extension will allow the required 28 day wait time for runway and taxiway marking.
Grant monies for the Victim Witness Program was approved for appropriation.
Unappropriated monies were also appropriated to cover Public Assistance Utilities and a transfer of funds was approved for Job & Family Services.
Morrow County Engineer Randy Bush was appointed to represent the Morrow County Highway Department regarding a FEMA application for reimbursement funds for the damages caused by the June 2012 windstorm.
A Job & Commerce agreement between the commissioners, the State of Ohio, and the Department of Transportation was approved. The commissioners will receive funding in support of the Marengo Fabricated Steel Expansion Project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $240,000. Construction costs eligible will be connected with improvements and construction on Co. Rd. 26.
County resident Jim Beurline was recognized by the commissioners at their September 24 meeting. Beurlein was recently inducted into the Ohio Farm Science Review Hall of Fame, along with the college’s Dean. He has served on the Farm Science Review Program and Policy Committee in addition to working as a professor and researcher.
Jackson noted Beurlein’s important research in soybeans and the national contributions he has made to agronomy.
A contract with Garverick Surveying, LLC for maximum boundary survey rates was approved.
October was recognized as “Manufacturing Month in Ohio”. The commissioners’ agenda stated that Ohio is third largest manufacturing state in the country, 13% of the population is involved in manufacturing. Workshops, telecasts, and other activities will be available in support of state business.
Transfer of funds were approved for the Job & Family Service, the Court of Common Pleas, and the Sheriff’s Office.
Also approved was the payment of funds collected from marriage license and divorce dissolution fees to be given to Turning Point (Concerned Citizens Against Violence Against Women), as specified by the Ohio Revised Code.
Appropriations of funds were also approved for the Court of Common Pleas and for the Courthouse Renovation Project.
In answer to a question from the audience, the commissioners answered that the Courthouse Renovation is now completely depleted.