Council hears concerns from residents

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

POMEROY — A half dozen Pomeroy residents attended last week’s village council meeting to ask village officials to be more active governing sections of town like Pleasant Ridge and Spring Avenue.

The group presented individual issues in sequence, covering a critical mass of unaddressed problems that the residents said made them feel their homes had been “abandoned” by the village.

Concerns relayed included: Eyesore and hazardous buildings that remain standing for extended periods, unpenalized residential trash burning, excessive speeding on smaller neighborhood roads, slapdash street parking that continuously impedes roadways, neglected property care — to the point of obstructing view of the road with unmowed grass — and severe neglect of structural instabilities in certain streets.

In context of the conversation, the council also discussed the proliferation of aggressive dogs not kept on leash or enclosures.

Towards the end of the discussion, one resident concluded, “We’ve voiced our opinion on all of this…Is it not possible to enforce things?”

Councilperson Maureen Hennessy pointed out many of the problems would be covered under existing ordinances and laws, and only needed more aggressive administration.

For example, Councilperson Phil Ohlinger referred to an ordinance that allows the village to mow highly unkempt lawns and bill the property owner.

Pomeroy’s Code Enforcement Officer was not present at the meeting.

“You’ve stated about a dozen different complaints, and all of them need to be taken care of,” said Ohlinger as the discussion wrapped up.

The residents said when they had brought these issues separately to various government bodies, like the Building Inspector’s office, they were reticent to file formal complaints that had their names attached.

The council agreed antagonizing their neighbors should not be the public’s responsibility.

“We shouldn’t need to complain, we would just like things enforced,” summarized the residents.

By Michael Hart

Special to the Sentinel

Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel

Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel