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Perry residents complain about trash pickup

PERRY TWP. — Trustee Chair Steve Bailey said he’s gotten a few calls about garbage not being picked up by one trash hauler.

The issue is one that Salem City Council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee will be discussing during a meeting tonight. Salem City Service/Safety Director Joe Cappuzzello said last week that he’s been getting calls and has been in constant contact with Aarrow Disposal about getting overflowing residential containers picked up.

“The other haulers don’t seem to have the problems that Aarrow’s having,” Trustee Vice Chair Jim Armeni said.

He commented that they’re either having equipment issues or dealing with COVID-19, but he recalled problems two years ago when he had them on Merle Road.

The company website referred to residential routes being behind schedule due to COVID-19 challenges.

In other action, trustees took action to have the Columbiana County auditor certify the tax valuation information for a 1-mill police levy renewal they plan to seek in May. The levy will expire at the end of this year and generates $86,400 yearly for operating expenses in the police department.

Trustees approved $1,195,355 in expected revenues for 2021 and $1,083,850 in appropriations for 2021, agreed to change to Consumers National Bank for banking needs to take advantage of some of the services offered, and gave permission for Zoning Officer Allan Wolfgang and the Zoning Board to contract with Plan4Land for $1,200 to update the township plat map.

Trustees also organized for the year, with Bailey reappointed as chairman, Armeni reappointed as vice chairman, set meeting times for 4 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month, rehired employees, trustee appointments to police, fire and road departments, zoning and zoning appeals members and agreed to hire outside legal counsel on an as needed basis when necessary.

Bailey reported he’s been working on updating the policy and procedures manual and is adding job descriptions and cleaning up the language. He’ll have the manual reviewed by the prosecutor’s office. He also said they’ll need to start doing employee reviews, which they have not been doing.

Wolfgang reported one building permit issued last month and none so far in January.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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