VERNON TOWNSHIP — Supervisors approved a motion to authorize the township engineer and zoning officer to act upon any violations with land development and stormwater ordinances.

The motion stems from an issue with construction on the Dunkin' Donuts location at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Conneaut Lake Road.

Township Engineer Ashley Porter said he has had multiple complaints from Chovy's restaurant that the muddy water from the Dunkin construction has "washed continuously" onto the Chovy's parking lot. He also said the contractor was "substantially" behind schedule.

"The adjacent property owner had a slip and fall accident because of the mud on the parking lot recently, so we’ve sent fairly forceful requests that they remedy the problem," Porter said at the township supervisors' meeting Wednesday. "They have not done that."

The township sent a letter to let those in charge of construction know there were issues with the runoff from the site.

Porter emphasized that if the situation is not remedied, D.A.L.R.T, Inc., the Dunkin' Donuts franchisee, is in clear violation of the township's subdivision land development and stormwater management ordinances. He recommended on Wednesday that the supervisors approve a motion to show the township is "on the same page" about issuing a notice of violation if the situation is not rectified.

Porter told the Tribune on Thursday that the contractor had stabilized the entire length of the slope toward Chovy's that day. He said all the contractor had yet to do was seal up the curb with a dumpster pad.

"It's been a tough year," Porter said. "They're working at it. Every time there was an issue, they were power washing off the parking lot. They were trying to be a good neighbor."

Leeanne Miller, chief financial officer for D.A.L.R.T., Inc., told the Tribune that the building is on track to be completed before the end of the year, and equipment is scheduled to come in Dec. 9. The plan is to train employees in January and open on Jan. 22.

Miller also said the contractor, Green Heart Companies of Boardman, Ohio, is slated to pour concrete and asphalt next week.

Tyler Dague can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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