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Final draft of updated Perry zoning discussed

PERRY TWP. — The final draft of the updated township zoning book has been delivered to Perry Township Zoning Inspector Allan Wolfgang, but Wolfgang said there’s a lot to do yet before approval by trustees.

Wolfgang updated trustees Monday on the status of the zoning update by Plan 4 Land, a planning firm that’s been incorporating all the latest zoning updates into the book which will need printed, with an electronic version to be posted on the township website, located at www.perrytownshipsalemoh.org

He said he’ll be meeting with the Plan 4 Land representative to go over the zoning book, then a draft meeting will take place with the representative and members of the township zoning board and board of zoning appeals.

Trustee Steve Bailey, who was elected as chairman during the organizational portion of the meeting, asked what the next step will be. Wolfgang shared a flow chart with trustees that outlines what has to happen next.

The zoning board must adopt the draft, then the draft document is made available to the public for at least 10 days before a public hearing. The zoning board sends the draft to the Columbiana County Planning Commission for review and a date is set for the public hearing with the zoning boards.

The zoning board makes a recommendation to the trustees, then the trustees schedule a public meeting and the trustees vote to either adopt the zoning book or reject it. Wolfgang said it’s going to take a while.

In other business, the trustees organized for the year, keeping their meetings on the second and fourth Monday of each month, but changing the time to 5 p.m. Meetings had been at 6:30 p.m. previously. Trustee Don Rudibaugh said he had no problem with the new time, but pointed out that Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher may have a problem getting there due to his full-time job. Both Police Chief Mike Emigh and Road Foreman Darreck Farrell said the earlier time worked for them.

Bailey said department heads won’t have to come to every meeting unless requested . He said each trustee can meet prior to the meetings with their respective department and get their information to present to the board. He suggested trying it first. Besides Bailey chosen as chairman, the board elected Trustee Jim Armeni as vice chairman, rehired all the employees and kept all the members of the zoning and zoning appeals boards and appointed Bailey to oversee police, Armeni to oversee the road department and Rudibaugh to oversee the fire department.

Another new aspect of the meeting was the availability of detailed agendas and a sign-in sheet for meeting attendees to sign and indicate if they want to speak. Several people attended the meeting, but none wanted to speak. Fiscal Officer John Volio read off the fund balances for each account, noting they total $1,617,231 at this point in the year. Armeni said the last time he saw one of those financial reports, there was a line for miscellaneous capital projects, but he didn’t see it. Rudibaugh said maybe it was moved into one of the other funds. Bailey asked Volio to check on that.

In police matters, Emigh gave the highlights of his year-end report for calls in 2019 and also said the contract for dispatching with the sheriff’s office will need to be talked about at the next meeting.

Farrell said he submitted his road condition report and what he wants to see for this year, which can be discussed at a later date. He said the final leaf pickup was done and the crew has been called out four times for ice control and snow removal.

In other business, Bailey confirmed that the township can send an electronic money transfer, or ACH, to Empower for the employees retirement contributions. There had been some question about whether that could be done previously. Bailey was appointed as the primary contact person for the Empower retirement plan and the Ohio 457 retirement plan, with Volio as the secondary contact.

The next meeting will be 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the administration building on North Ellsworth Avenue.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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