Sport Equipment Nuisance Resolution
Original Township Resolution (2006)
The Miami Township Trustees adopted a resolution at the February 14, 2006 meeting which instituted a policy regarding the removal of permanent and portable basketball hoops located within the road right-of-way. The resolution included written procedures for eliminating these public nuisances. The action stemmed from an increasing number of resident complaints and accidents involving the basketball hoops.Under Ohio Revised Code 5571.14, athletic equipment and other objects placed within the right-of-way may be declared a public nuisance.
Updated Resolution LHR (2018)The original resolution from 2006 has been updated to eliminate all public nuisances under the township's Limited Home Rule (LHR). The new resolution #094-2018 has been expanded to include all sports equipment placed within the road right-of-way. Properties in violation of the past and current resolutions will initially receive an informational door hanger requesting the equipment be relocated outside of the right-of-way. Other educational sources to find out more about the revised resolution include the Fall 2018 Township Newsletter and other social media platforms. The revised resolution was first read in the September 25, 2018 Board of Trustee meeting and then a second reading was on the October 9, 2018 Board meeting. Click Here to view the resolution.
To view a sample Notice of Violation letter click here.
To view a sample Civil Citation Form click here.
What is considered the road right-of-way?
The road right-of-way is land reserved for shared public purposes such as utilities, walkways, and drainage. Maintenance of the right-of-way, including turf and vegetation, is the responsibility of the landowner. The right-of-way in most residential areas is 10 feet from the edge of pavement up into the yard or, in some cases, from the road edge to the backside of the sidewalk. Sometimes this area is also called the tree lawn. All improvements or excavations within the right-of-way require an approved permit from the Road Department. Click Here to view the required permit form. Sports equipment, particularly basketball goals, placed in the roadway (photo above) or at the backside of the curb overhanging the roadway is a violation of Resolution #094-2018 and shall be removed from the right-of-way.