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Residents ask for restrictions on construction, soliciting

Perrysburg's Service-Safety Committee recently addressed some citizens' concerns on what kind of activities can go on in their neighborhoods.

Sara Box, who lives on Birchcrest, sought to change the hours construction contractors are permitted to do work when she came before the committee at its meeting last week.

With her toddler son on her hip, Ms. Box told committee members that young children need a significant amount of sleep, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, but that loud equipment starting as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m. was not conducive.

"It makes it really difficult for parents of young children to get that required amount of sleep when there are construction trucks outside," she said.

Ms. Box suggested the hours be brought in line with when residents are permitted to mow their lawns, which doesn't start until 8 a.m.

Committee members said they would take a fresh look at the law, which was passed in 1983.

"I feel that it is important for the children of Perrysburg to get this changed," Ms. Box said.

In another matter, councilman and committee chairman John Kevern said a resident in the Brookhaven subdivision had complained about solicitation and asked whether the rules could be strengthened or signs be posted in the neighborhood.

Councilman Thomas Mackin noted that the city of Perrysburg has a stringent policy regarding solicitation. Even Girl Scouts must register with the city to be able to peddle their cookies, he said.

City administrator Bridgette Kabat said residents should be advised that they can post a "no solicitation" sign on their door or property and that they can call the police to have it enforced.

Contact Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer at rconklin@theblade.com or 419-356-8786.

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