The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

March 23, 2012

North Kingsville considers fee for meth cleanup

NORTH KINGSVILLE —  Landowners in North Kingsville who harbor methamphetamine-making operations — knowingly or not — could be obliged to pay any cleanup cost under an ordinance now in the hands of Village Council members.

The measure, introduced at Wednesday night’s regular meeting, was moved to a second reading.

As written, the ordinance would free the village from having to scrub up a busted meth lab, which can involve costly disposal technicians. In the past, other agencies would help local police departments deal with the removal and disposal of the chemicals that make the drug. But the government funds that made the assistance possible are drying up, leaving local governments to fend for themselves, said Councilman Lawrence Eller.

The ordinance would first try to get cleanup costs from the meth-makers or “other responsible parties.” Failing that, the village would seek payment from the property owner. People who refuse to pay could see the cost tacked onto their property taxes, Eller said.

Councilman Mike Mauro was leery of bringing owners into the situation, believing the drug-makers should be the priority target. “Why put the burden on the landlords?” Mauro asked.

Eller replied the village has a very tight budget this year and can’t afford to handle the cleanup chore. The legislation may also prompt some landlords to pick their tenants more carefully, he said.

In other news, council unanimously approved a permanent 2012 budget after working nearly three months on temporary appropriations. The entire 12-month budget totals some $2.99 million, comparable to last year, said Clerk-Treasurer Lori DeGeorge.

The budget does include money to purchase a new fire engine for the North Kingsville Fire Department. The village plans to buy a Sutphen truck estimated to cost $459,000. It will take between 10 and 12 months to build the truck once an order is placed, council was told.

Elsewhere, a majority of council agreed to pay $1,100 for 40 fluorescent light tubes ordered for and delivered to the Village Green Golf Course without the knowledge of village officials. The purchase, done by previous golf course management, did not receive a purchase order and was not approved at a council meeting.

The light tubes, recently discovered, cannot be sent back, members said. “They’ve sat too long to be returned,” said Councilman Tim Zee, chairman of the golf course committee.

Current course manager Van Hicks was able to negotiate a 25 percent discount on the purchase, Zee said.


Text Only
Local News
  • james wyman.jpg BEAT OF HIS OWN DRUM Lakeside graduate is right at home as timpanist with Baltimore Symphony Symphony

    It was a Tuesday morning in Baltimore not unlike many days here in Ashtabula County this past winter. The weather was the story of the day. Talk of wind chill, snow advisories and reports of delays and cancellations filled the topic of conversation in this East Coast city.
    James Wyman, however was still able to get to work though. Well, kind of, that is.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • db monday Sunrise Service.jpg Local churches celebrate at sunrise

    People of all ages gathered at Oakdale Cemetery at the break of dawn Sunday to celebrate at Easter sunrise service.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • monday APL pic.jpg Donate-to-win will aid shelter

    The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League reports that it started 2013 nearly $60,000 in debt, but finished the year “in the black by nearly $10,000” and reduced expenses by roughly $5,000.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Madison man dies in motorcycle crash

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol Chardon Post is investigating a fatal accident between a car and a motorcycle that collided Saturday morning.
    Lee E. Mullins, 57, of Madison was traveling southbound on State Route 528, on a 2000 Suzuki motorcycle, approaching the intersection of St. Rt. 86, when a 2008 Ford Taurus driven by 36-year-old Kimberly J. Baney of Wampum, Pa. failed to yield at the stop sign entering the intersection.

    April 21, 2014

  • Spring is a time of renewal

    Spring is a time of renewal. A time for the ground to warm and the bulbs to bloom. Trees clothe themselves with a new coat of leaves.

    April 21, 2014

  • wd sunday race 1 .jpg Mad Hatters tradition continues with Metroparks

    Mexican sombreros, large cardboard cars and multi-colored hats were just a few of the unique headgear possibilities used by the more than 200 participants in the Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race on Saturday morning.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • wd sunday lakegg 12 .jpg Lake Shore Park Easter egg hunt draws hundreds

    Eight thousand eggs littered a portion of the parking lot at Lake Shore Park on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of children lined up to take their run at a full container of candy.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • wd sunday eggstrava 4 .jpg ADDA brings Easter fun to Ashtabula area children

    Children took advantage of the opportunity to hang out with the Easter bunny and have their faces painted on Saturday afternoon at Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Cornelius Park.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_7651.jpg School property could be given to N. Kingsville

    When North Kingsville Elementary School becomes a memory this summer, the property could be reborn as a village park, officials said.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • wd saturday drug raid 2 .jpg Good Friday raid nets drugs, dogs and money in Ashtabula

    It was not a “Good Friday” for two West 38th Street residents.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
Good Friday Cross Walks and Easter Egg Hunts
Spring Comes Alive
Ashtabula Spring Cleaning
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
Saturday Fun in Ashtabula County March 22, 2014
American Red Cross Ashtabula County Heroes Breakfast
Rotary Club Dodge Ball Tournament
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
End of year weather extremes
Christmas 2013
Harpersfield Barn Fire
Route 11 Rescue Plymouth Township
Ashtabula Fire
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday