Tidewater Road junkyard raises ire of residents
By Taylor Kaser
Part of the commissioners’ September 12 regular meeting was spent listening to concerns from citizens about a junk yard on Tidewater Road off Co. Rd. 61.
Resident Darren Seiben expressed his dissatisfaction with how the matter of permitting a junkyard to function was handled. He alleged that it had been in operation before they had received the permits, and that they’re still operating now — even when they’ve been told not to.
A Conditional Use permit for the junkyard is currently under review by the Board of Zoning Appeals; evidence and information regarding the case has been submitted to the County Prosecutor.
“Anywhere in the United States where a junkyard goes in, property values drop,” said Seiben, “and Morrow County’s not exempt from that. It’s continued to operate while it’s been told to shut down for the last six months.” He went on to comment that no citations have been issued.
Commissioner Tom Whiston said he has been out to the area to see the property. He said when he did stop there, he was told they were closed.
Seiben also noted that the owner of the property, not the owner of the business, is behind on payment of his property taxes for the land. A payment plan was set up between the property owner and the County Treasurer, he said, and the owner has already missed making some of those payments
“I always assumed,” said Seiben, “that if you don’t pay your taxes, there’s repercussions. It not only appears he’s been given concessions, but we’re going above and beyond giving concessions. And in the meantime, this conditional use permit has the ability to be detrimental to every single person who lives on our road.”
“I’m not sure from the standpoint of inhibiting a permit,” said Whiston, “because someone hasn’t paid their taxes.”
A BZA on-site inspection is scheduled for the junk yard this week.
He also said he has filed a nuisance complaint for a collapsed structure on that same property. It was built in 1953 he said, and probably contains asbestos. Filing has been submitted to the Township Trustees and Health Department. He said nothing is happening on this matter yet, he is now filing the complaint with the Zoning Office.
Commissioner Olen Jackson stated they would discuss the matter with the County Prosecutor at their weekly meeting.
Use of the Barracuda Web Filtering program was approved and will begin on October 1. Elected officials will then have sufficient time to determine what Internet usage is allowed on each computer in their department, including their own said Jackson.
The placement of a permanent liquors license at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was approved to be placed on the November General Election ballot. The passage of the issue would help Mid-Ohio remain competitive with other sporting venues.
A contract was approved for professional surveyor services with Garverick Surveying, LLC in connection with a requirement for the Moving Ohio Forward Grant.
A bid received last week for the Dog Shelter’s 2001 Dodge Ram Truck, for $700 from Beck’s Auto Wrecking was accepted by the commissioners at their September 17 regular meeting.
Harden explained that due to the vehicle’s condition, the offer accepted was very good.
Transfer of funds were granted to the Court of Common Pleas and the Victim Witness Program.
Estimated resources of $91,838.46 received by the budget commission was approved for appropriation to Emergency Squad General Real Estate.
An appropriation of $20,000 was approved in the Development Office to Habitat for Humanity for $20,000.