YOUR INFORMATION NEWSLETTER FROM NORTHFIELD CENTER TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
PAUL G. BUESCHER
~ KEEPING NCT RESIDENTS INFORMED SINCE 2005 ~
#497 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
THANK YOU FROM SHERIFF STEVE BARRY
On behalf of all of us at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, THANK YOU for your continued trust in our agency through the signing of another contract for our services. We look forward to our continuing partnership with the officials of Northfield Center and will do everything in our power to continue to provide a high caliber of professional law enforcement services for all residents!
Sheriff Steve Barry
DO YOU REMEMBER THAT STORM WATER
RUNOFF TAX THAT THE NEORSD
WANTED TO CHARGE YOU?
Most of you should recall that storm water runoff fee (TAX) that the North-East Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) planned to charge all Cuyahoga County communities along with some of us here in Summit County. They called it a “fee” – I called it a TAX. I fought tooth and nail against this and had 24 other area elected officials join me in signing an opposition petition against it.
Despite our strong and popular opposition to this tax, the matter ended up in court. It was during this court proceeding that I demanded to see proof that Northfield Center actually joined the NEORSD.
The NEORSD is made up of both Cuyahoga and some Summit County communities with representatives from some of those communities sitting on its Board of Directors. It was during a discussion with our attorney that I asked him to request the court to require the NEORSD to produce any documents showing that Northfield Center actually joined their organization. The attorney said “I never thought of that” and “That’s an excellent question!” The court agreed.
The NEORSD was unable to produce those documents. As a result, the court found in favor of the NEORSD but removed Northfield Center and a few other Summit County communities from the collection of that fee! This was the direct result of my demand and saved each Northfield Center household (YOU) and our businesses, hundreds of dollars so far. If anyone is in doubt about this, just ask your friends in Macedonia, Northfield Village and Sagamore Hills, what they paid to the NEORSD as of today!
Asking the right questions at the right time and for the right reasons, almost always results in a positive outcome and each and every one of you continues to be a beneficiary!
CAN YOU HELP US?
Political signs have always been a part of the campaign season and our local campaigns appear to have already started. I would consider it an honor if you would allow me to place my sign in your yard. I plan to place signs about two weeks prior to the election and then remove them as soon as the polls close on Election Day. Please consider this small favor by emailing me your name and address. And would you also consider one for John Romanik? Please let me know. THANK YOU from both of us!
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q >>> – Why do they nit oaint the Leinard road near tge middle school? Tgey only paint the parking in front if the school.
A >>> – Let me try to decipher your question. I think you mean, Why do they not paint Leonard Ave. near the middle school? They only paint the parking lot in front of the school. And by paint, I believe that you are referring to center lines, berm strips and parking spaces. Assuming that is correct, here is your answer >>>> Our Service Department has NEVER painted anything on our Township roads and has no plans to do so in the near future. The parking lines that you described were painted by the School Board because the parking spaces are on School property, not on our roadway.
Q >>> – Is there an ordinance for RV motor homes being kept in their driveway? How about 2 RVs, an old car, and a trailer full of junk? Is there an ordinance for houses and yards that are not kept up?
A >>> – Our Township does not have ordinances but we are regulated through Summit County ordinances and the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). Motor homes ARE allowed in a driveway provided that they do not obstruct the view of traffic by any neighbor trying to pull out of their own driveway and it may not be parked over a sidewalk. Two RV’s would also apply to this as well. I cannot answer the rest of your question because I don’t know enough information on the “old car” or “trailer full of junk.” For example, does the car have a valid license plate and in operable condition? Is the trailer licensed and what is the “junk?” I would suggest that you advise our zoning inspector on the location of these vehicles so that he can investigate the matter.
Q >>> – I was wondering if you’ve taken notice of a house on the west end of East Highland Road? You know the house that used to be impeccable with landscape. The yard, the cars, the junk, its just embarrassing to even drive by it anymore. I’m certain I am not the only one noticing this. I’m pretty sure you will find some junk or unlicensed vehicles sitting in the grass to the left of the driveway looking from the street. I’m sure I am not telling you something you don’t already know, but just in case take a gander at it tomorrow sometime, what a complete disaster that house and yard have become.
A >>> – I requested our Zoning Inspector, Don Saunders, to investigate your complaint and depending on his finding, to add it the list for the Sheriff’s Office.
Q >>> – I would like to know if there is an ordinance about running a business out of your house? The neighbors are complaining about another neighbor moving his equipment at 8:30 at night and putting fences up so I can’t see what he is doing I was told to stop looking over there. I would like to know how could someone move in to a neighborhood and do whatever he wants to do If nothing can be done what are my alternatives?
A >>> – Townships have zoning codes but not ordinances. In this case, our Township does allow home businesses with restrictions such as not disrupting a residential setting such as signs, business equipment outside the home and unusual traffic. This is just a sample. You will have to describe his “equipment” to our zoning inspector but simply making noise at 8:30PM is not a violation of the County’s noise ordinance or our zoning code, which requires quiet time between 11PM and 7AM. You can look anywhere you want so nobody can tell you to “stop looking over there.” I know that you have been complaining about this situation for quite some time and from what I have seen from your home, I concur that you have a valid complaint. Once again, I have forwarded your information to our zoning inspector as evidenced by the email that I copied to you. I have asked him to take immediate action on this.
YOUR GENERAL COMMENTS
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I voted for the levy to keep the Sheriff’s Department as our law enforcement in Northfield Center and would absolutely vote that way again. Kudos to the Deputies who are quick to arrive when needed!
Hi Paul, We get loads of junk mail. We get junk phone calls, in spite of our being on the “Do Not Call” registry. We don’t want or need strangers coming up the driveway (solicitors) and banging on the door. We moved here for peace and quiet. Please stop this now! Enough is enough!
CORRECTION – When reporting on our recently approved Sheriff contract renewal, I mistakenly reported a 9.7% increase over our current contract. The correct increase is actually 10.8%. This was a simple error made when transferring the figures for my article. I apologize for any inconvenience.