Town­ship sues Planet Aid over do­na­tion box place­ment

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News - By Adam Dodd [email protected]­ald.com @the­re­al­adamdodd on twit­ter

Painesville Town­ship is su­ing non-profit Planet Aid, ac­cus­ing it of re­peated zon­ing vi­o­la­tions.

Planet Aid is a na­tion­wide non-profit that do­nates cloth­ing to peo­ple in need from do­na­tions gath­ered at pub­lic drop boxes the com­pany sets up, typ­i­cally in busi­ness park­ing lots. But some town­ship trustees and busi­ness owners are grow­ing frus­trated that these do­na­tions aren’t be­ing col­lected in a timely man­ner.

“They’ve been a ha­bit­ual of­fender of our zon­ing code,” said town­ship Trus­tee Gabe Cic­conetti. “Peo­ple do­nate stuff but it ends up pil­ing up on the side and it just sits there and be­comes an eye­sore

The law­suit, filed in Painesville Mu­nic­i­pal Court, in­cludes six sep­a­rate counts, one for each of the lo­ca­tions that Planet Aid has one of its drop-off bins with­out per­mit or per­mis­sion. The sites in­clude three along Men­tor Av­enue and three along North Ridge Road.

Each count car­ries a mis­de­meanor fine not to ex­ceed $500 for ev­ery day that they con­tinue to vi­o­late the town­ship’s zon­ing reg­u­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Not only were the bins dropped off through­out the town­ship with­out per­mis­sion, Planet Aid failed to re­spond to re­peated re­quests and inquiries from of­fi­cials, Cic­conetti said.

“Many re­quests were made to try and rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion,” he said. “We try to be as easy as pos­si­ble to deal with and as for­giv­ing, but there comes a time when we have to look out for our com­mu­nity and they just weren’t do­ing what we were ask­ing. We had to file with them in court to get their at­ten­tion.”

Town­ship Ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael Ma­nary feels con­fi­dent that al­though “the case has not been re­solved yet, we are in dis­cus­sions with Planet Aid to re­solve the mat­ter be­fore a judge has to hear it.”

Planet Aid did not re­turn a phone call for com­ment.

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Painesville Town­ship has sued Planet Aid over the place­ment of its do­na­tion boxes.

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