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Leetonia council eyes road work needs

March 22, 2012
By KEVIN HOWELL , Salem News

LEETONIA- Village Council Wednesday night discussed participation in the county chip and seal program this summer.

Village Administrator Gary Phillips told council that Butcher Road from the township line to Washington Street should be included since Salem Township will be doing the other end of the roadway and because there is money set aside for the project from a settlement with the contractor during the Salem-Leetonia water line installation in 2008 for failure to meet specifications in the bid package.

Phillips said he and Superintendent of Utilities Butch Donnalley will confer with Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar to determine how much money will be available for the program. A meeting with the county engineer's officer will reveal how much it will cost to participate this year, Donnalley noted.

The village did not participate in the program in 2011.

Board member JR Ferry questioned if council could find money elsewhere, such as the bonus from signing a gas lease in 2011, to fund paving of roadways instead of the chip and seal, with which fellow board member Steve Clunen agreed. Village Solicitor Walter Newton said he will look into what funds can be used.

In other business, council approved an Emergency Action Plan which describes the chain of command for dealing with flooding of the Cherry Valley Run. According to Phillips, the village has always had a flood prevention plan for the waterway, but worked with the county Emergency Management Agency, fire department and police department to draw up a written plan for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Council also authorized Parks Board member Paul DiRocco to purchase a wood chipper from Hilltop Lawn & Garden in Columbiana at the state purchasing price. Newton reminded council and village officials that volunteers should not be operating power machinery since they are not covered by workers' compensation.

Also at the meeting, Ben McCormick, Robinson Road, requested council to authorize a meeting between him and the Board of Zoning Appeals to discuss an issue with a fence being built too close to his daughter's property on Somer Street. He claimed that Zoning Inspector John Rydarowicz denied his request to meet with the board.

Mayor Artie Altomare said he will discuss the issue with Rydarowicz, who was not in attendance.

Additionally, council scheduled pick up of brush and bagged leaves for the first two weeks in May; acknowledged the hire of Sue Simpson, Shade Tree commissioner and cemetery clerk, as a part-time employee at the water treatment lab; and granted permission to Simpson to plant two trees at the Leetonia Community Public Library for Arbor Day at 1 p.m. April 28.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 4 at Village Hall, preceded by a Water/Sewer Committee meeting at 6 p.m.

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