Appliances with freon also accepted at drop-off event

SALEM – Appliances, including those containing freon, will be accepted during the large item drop-off event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Timberlanes parking lot, Salem Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst announced Tuesday.

Kenst talked about the upcoming event during the city council meeting, noting that appliances are included in the list, but tires are not.

No tires will be accepted. He said the city will host a separate event for tires, but no date for that has been set at this time. The date for the tire event will be announced.

Other items to be accepted on Friday and Saturday include large furniture items, televisions, electronics and computer items. The event is one of several being hosted by different governmental entities through the Columbiana-Carroll-Harrision Solid Waste District, with the one at Timberlanes restricted to city residents and residents of Perry Township only.

Kenst said at least two large rolloffs will be placed in the parking lot, with both city and township personnel on hand.

During reports of city officials, Councilman Jeff Cushman asked city Law Director Brooke Zellers about the status of the TanFastic building on State Street. The building has been shut down for a few years now, along with the Butler Museum of American Art next door due to water damage and falling bricks. Since last July, the sidewalk and parking spaces in front of both downtown buildings have been barricaded due to bricks falling on the sidewalk.

The city filed court action a few years ago asking that the TanFastic building be fixed or torn down, with a settlement reached in early 2012 and then the deadline for completing the fixes passed with nothing done done and the case still pending. Now the Butler Museum building is part of the case, too, through a counterclaim.

Zellers said a final trial date has been set in November, with a pretrial in October, but he’s hoping to get something done before the Salem Super Cruise in June that will allow the sidewalk to be open for the big event.

When asked, he said it looks like repairs are going to be the only option at this point, as opposed to tearing the building down. He said he’s trying to get an agreement in place to get enough repairs done to get the sidewalk open.

During his report, Mayor John Berlin thanked the many people who made the Organ Donation Awareness Day a success, specifically thanking Mark Siegal, the owner of Salem Giant Eagle, for hosting the event held by the city a couple weeks ago, Kenst and city employee Phyllis McKinley for helping with the plans, and Angie Pitts, her sister Jen Pitts, her uncle Rob Mehno and his sister, Sue Mehno, for helping to man the tables. Angie donated a kidney to Rob in December.

He also thanked Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh for putting forth the challenge and hoped the event to get people registered as donors served to honor the memory of Chelsea Lingenfelter, a young woman in Wellsville who died in February during her transplant surgery.

Due to the May primary being the first Tuesday in May, council agreed to change their first meeting in May to 7 p.m. May 8, which is a Wednesday.

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