Members named to Perry Township zoning boards

PERRY TOWNSHIP–An appeal hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 before the Perry Township Board of Zoning Appeals on a variance requested for a building off of Springdale Street.

The hearing date was announced Tuesday during the Perry Township Board of Trustees meeting where Dan Bowers was named as the newest member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. Austin French was named as the new member of the township Zoning Board.

According to Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston, the variance has been requested by Dick Owsley for a building he wants to construct to store cars. The required setback from the property line is 15 feet, but in this case, the property line isn’t straight. In some spots, he’ll meet the 15-foot requirement but in another spot the building will only be 10 feet from the property line.

She said he’s asking for a variance from the set back requirement.

In other zoning matters, it was announced that the township had three permits issued in September and five so far in October.

Trustees approved an additional appropriation of $18,375 for winter salt for 300 tons at $61.75 per ton. Also approved were additional appropriations of $102,000 for the police department and $75,000 for the general fund, all for general expenses.

Trustees gave permission for the fire department to spend $1,200 for Phantom Auto Works to add running boards and a spray-on bed liner to the new grass truck purchased last month.

In police department business, the trustees learned about a grant award of $3,150 from the Department of Justice toward the cost of five new protective vests. Johnston didn’t know the total cost of the vests at this point, noting that the grant will cover part of the cost but not all of it.

Trick or treat will be 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and the free paper leaf bag distribution is set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot for city of Salem and Perry Township residents. After the distribution, bags will be available at Salem City Hall.

Ray Wagner, a Democratic candidate for Columbiana County Commission, attended the meeting as a visitor.

The next trustees’ meeting is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22.