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Cedar Street property still in violation of rubbish ordinance

Akron officials are aggressively enforcing the village's property maintenance law and addressing public health issues.

Building Inspector Donnal D. Folger reported during a public hearing Monday evening that he inspected the property located at 44 Cedar St. again, and "it is still in violation" of the village's ordinance against rubbish despite "plenty of notice" from the village. He provided photographs for the board and said that while the owner had been working on clearing the debris from the premises, he was still not finished. "Last summer, everything was in a temporary structure," Folger said.

The property has been declared a "public nuisance," village officials said, and the only way to resolve the problem fully is to contract for cleanup.

Village officials reaffirmed their earlier decision to have any costs associated with the cleanup go back to the property owner. Late last year the board agreed to give the property owner an extension to bring the premises into compliance. Neighborhood residents have complained that although the owner has made some progress, the property is still not where it needs to be.

Mayor Ray M. Perkins, meanwhile, directed Folger to start the process right away to get any unlicensed vehicles in the village removed.

Also Monday, officials were briefed on new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and national drinking water supply standards that were put into effect after some EPA studies caused concern. Village officials currently are working with Erie County environmental officials to identify what the changes in the regulatory system will mean to the village's water system.

In other matters, Public Works Superintendent Robert W. Kowalik told the board that the department of public works building is "in pretty poor shape."

He said the roof sustained some wind damage during a recent storm and needs to be repaired. "We have some concerns that really need to be addressed," he said.

It was noted that the village is discussing potential areas of collaboration with the Town of Newstead, including plans for the town's highway department and the village's public works department to share one facility. An intermunicipal committee formed last year to begin looking at the joint facility project is continuing discussion on a variety of issues, including costs of engineering and architectural services.

"The entire board recognizes the problems," Trustee E. Peter Forrestel said. "We need to see if it's feasible to do something with the town or on our own."

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