Junked vehicles plaguing Yorkville

YORKVILLE – Problems with junked and abandoned cars in Yorkville are becoming a big issue, according to a report given at village council’s May 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 vehicles, and it’s becoming a big issue in the village.

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

Closser also asked Solicitor Bernard Battistel to review the junked car ordinance.

Antill reported preparations are under way for blacktopping streets in the village, and he was told by village 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 rusted and faded 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 in regard to 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 is in its summer youth program, and Pielech indicated he would check into the matter. Part of Yorkville is in Belmont County, and the other part is in Jefferson County.

Councilman Danny DiCenzo said he had called John Petrisko, Jefferson County transportation manager, about the ditch running along Ohio 7 and learned that a county crew will clean the ditch between the football field and Ohio 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 Mondays through Fridays from 7:30-9:30 a.m., then the post office is closed until 2 p.m. and will remain open until 4. Saturday hours are 8-11:30 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.

Papers applying 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 papers to Police Chief John Morelli, who handled this matter last year.

Closser called for an executive session on pending litigation and personnel, and no action was taken on those matters after the session.

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

Closser provided information about items which cannot be picked up by the village’s sanitation workers because of landfill restrictions.

Items which cannot be accepted are yard waste (such as grass, leaves and tree branches), medical waste (such as 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.

If prohibited items are found in the garbage by sanitation workers, they are to notify the police department, and legal action will be initiated, according to the village ordinance.

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 June 3 at 7 p.m.