Abandoned vehicle problem addressed

YORKVILLE – Problems with junked and abandoned cars in the village are an issue, according to a report given at a recent Village Council meeting.

Bruce Antill, street/sanitation superintendent, asked about the ordinance pertaining to junked and abandoned cars, adding that wherever he’s working in town, he receives a complaint about such vehicles.

Council President Pro-Tem Blair Closser, who presided at the meeting, said several of the vehicles had been towed last week. He requested that Antill obtain a list of junked vehicles’ locations.

Closser also asked Solicitor Bernard Battistel to review the ordinance.

Antill reported preparations are under way for blacktopping streets in the village, and he was told by council to pick two alleys as priorities for grading and slagging. Altogether, there are eight alleys, so the remaining will be done as funds become available.

Thirty-seven new village street signs have been ordered to replace old signs.

Councilwoman Karen Vargo reported she had called about a recreation grant, adding the village hadn’t received a letter about such a grant. She and Antill will check to see what’s needed regarding playground equipment, and an application for recreation funds will be submitted to the Jefferson County commissioners.

A motion was approved for Councilman Ron Emerson to represent the village at a June public records meeting at Eastern Gateway Community College. Information about public records training programs was received by officials.

Emerson reported he had called Dwayne Pielech, director of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services, to see if the village could apply for participation in its summer youth program, and Pielech indicated he would check into the matter. Part of Yorkville is in Belmont County.

Councilman Danny DiCenzo said he had called John Petrisko, Jefferson County transportation manager, about the ditch running along state Route 7 and learned that a county crew will clean the ditch between the football field and Route 7 sometime in June. Petrisko also contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation about an area where it would be difficult for county equipment to be used for ditching.

DiCenzo also said he was advised the village should enforce no dumping on state property. As he suggested, the village plans to buy no dumping signs and will install them.

New hours for the post office, according to DiCenzo, are 7:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

He said a two-day seminar on payroll and accounts for clerk-treasurers will be held this fall in Columbus, and he will inform Peggy Grady, the village’s clerk-treasurer, when more information is available.

Applications for summer youth workers need to be filled and sent to the Jefferson County Community Action Council by May 16, according to Closser. Councilwoman Valerie Klubert will give the applications to police Chief John Morelli, who handled the matter last year.

Council approved a tag day for the Warren Township girls’ softball program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 18.

Closser provided information about items that cannot be picked up by the village’s sanitation workers because of landfill restrictions. Those items are yard waste (such as grass, leaves and tree branches), medical waste (hypodermic needles), paint/paint cans, chemicals/pesticides, sludge/septic tank waste, toxic liquids/waste, spray paint, batteries, refrigerators, asbestos, television sets, tires, antifreeze, metal, motor oil, gas tanks, computers, air conditioners and microwaves.

Mondays and Fridays are regular garbage pick-up days, and every Wednesday from April through October, yard waste is picked up.

Council agreed with a suggestion from Vargo that the yard waste pick-up day be listed on water bills.

A list of fees and items permitted to be hauled to the landfill includes a hot water tank, $25; tables including kitchen chairs, $15; carpeting, $20; a range, $25; wooden chairs, $10; living room chairs, $15; bed frames, $15; mattresses, $20; sofas/couches, $20; love seats, $20; dressers, $20; furnace, $30; washer, $25; and dryer, $25.

Council’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. on June 3.