LISBON - The village is expected to have a new zoning inspector soon.
It was announced at this week's council meeting that the personnel committee would be meeting today to review the list of seven applicants to fill the zoning inspector position, which has been vacant since the death of long-time inspector Gary Simpson in December.
Mayor Dan Bing, who will attend the meeting, told council he has been performing the zoning inspector duties for the past several months and signing off on permits.
The applicants are Michael Lignini of Pittsburgh, Vic Coleman of Lisbon, Dennis Roberts of Lisbon, Brian Roberts of Columbiana, John Yenges of Lisbon, John Wolf of Lisbon and Bruce Carman of Lisbon. The position pays a base salary of $2,472 a year.
Council also gave final approval to the village's summer resurfacing program, with the focus this year being 10 alleys that comprise a total distance of 0.8 miles. Street foreman Jim Oliver recommended two more alleys be added to the list - off North Market Street to the county fairgrounds and an alley between Sherman and Pendleton streets.
Because of the addition of two more alleys, council increased the maximum expenditure for resurfacing to $19,000.
In other action:
- Bing advised council the village had received a $7,100 state recreational grant that will be used to make a variety of upgrades at the community pool.
- Council agreed to purchase two new digital cameras and a video camera for the police department, at a combined cost of $1,060. The current cameras are so old they use floppy disk drives and no longer work properly.
"I've seen the cameras. They are dinosaurs," said Councilman Joe Morenz.
The costs include memory cards, external hard drive, warranty and shipping.
Lt. Fred Carlisle said they need the video cameras to comply with a relatively new state law requiring they videotape interviews of people accused of certain crimes.
- Council agreed to purchase a commercial edger for use by the street department for $319. This was recommended by Oliver, who said the finished product not only looks nicer but is easier on the sidewalks then using a Weed Wacker.
- Morenz asked the street committee if anything had been done since the last meeting, when committee Chairman Roger Gallo suggested they look into finding a permanent home for the street department. The discussion focused on repairing the flood-damaged former street department garage, but neither Gallo nor Councilman Willis Coleman had anything to report on the plan.