A resolution to establish a property maintenance code in Sylvania Township will be considered by township trustees at their first meeting in the new year.
The trustees asked for a resolution after discussing a proposed code at their most recent meeting.
The proposed code was first presented to the trustees in August who suggested at that time that the code be held for about 90 days for any comment from citizens.
The proposal applies only to the exterior of properties and addresses things such as peeling paint, fallen or hanging gutters and other signs of poor maintenance.
Currently the township’s planning and zoning office has no authority to address those issues, according to Daryl Graus, manager of the office.
Mr. Graus said the development of a property maintenance code was undertaken as the result of a survey taken in 2018 during the development of the township’s land use plan.
He said 57 percent of respondents approved such a plan. He added that about 75 percent of Ohio’s 30 urban home-rule townships like Sylvania Township have adopted some level of property maintenance standards.
He told trustees there has been little response from the public since the proposed code has been available on the township website and its site on Facebook.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published: November 17, 2021
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