Tiltonsville issues spring cleanup plea

TILTONSVILLE — Mayor Ty Lollini and Village Council are making a plea to residents to clean up their properties and keep their grass cut in accordance with a village ordinance.

“Please clean up your property. Landlords, property owners, please clean up your yards and porches. Please cut your grass,” Lollini said during Tuesday’s regular council meeting. “To me it is pride, being a good neighbor. It adds to the value of the village. If someone wants to come into Tiltonsville to bring a business here, buy property or live here – it’s just the right thing to do.”

Police Chief Jerry Davis said he has sent nine notices to property owners asking them to clean up. The process allows property owners time to comply with the ordinance. If the owner refuses to comply, the case will go to court.

“Our ordinance is basically the same as in the Ohio Revised Code, just a smaller version,” Davis said. “We have to go through the legal process.”

Meanwhile, a new ordinance was passed by council to vacate an original street that has been out of use for several years.

The property will be taken over by Jack Fowler, a Tiltonsville native and Weirton resident who owns the property adjacent to the vacated street.

“Fowler bought an old house along the river and tore it down, and he wants to come build here and live here in a few years. There was no cost for this transaction for the village — Jack is paying for all legal and surveying expenses,” Lollini said. “An eyesore was removed, and now that parcel of land that was unusable will now be taxable property and will bring in revenue for the village.”

In other business, council passed an ordinance in the fall of 2016 that allowed the village to assess a $15 service fee for street and police department improvements. The village recently rescinded the fee upon the advice of Solicitor Edward Littlejohn after a resident complained about possible legal issues with the fee.

The village had to set up a new fund to refund money to the 500 residents who paid the fee.

“I want to thank all those residents who paid the fee. It says a lot about how much people want to see improvements in the village. And after we decided to rescind the fee, we have had a groundswell of people asking how they can donate voluntarily to the police and street funds,” Lollini said.

Treasurer Korrene Prince said if anyone would like to make a donation to the police fund or street fund they may make a check out to the village and write “police or street fund” on the memo section of the check.

Gary McHugh, president of the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department, attended Tuesday’s council meeting to witness the approval of a resolution that will transfer ownership of the former Grover Village Public School to the department from the vllage. The departmetn will pay $25,000 for the property, in 10 annual installments.

“Eventually the building will be made into offices, a classroom for training and a new club room. We will use our old club room to store all of our gear to get it out of the truck room,” McHugh said. “Those are our plans for the future for the building. We are really excited about it.”