SALINEVILLE - The Salineville Village Council voted unanimously to join the city of Wellsville in recognizing March 23 as "Organ Donation Awareness Day" in honor of Chelsea Lingenfelter.
Lingenfelter passed Feb. 18 during a long awaited liver transplant operation at the Cleveland Clinic. Friends and family of Chelsea have previously said that had the transplant come sooner it may have been possible to save her life.
On Feb. 19, Wellsville Mayor Sue Haugh named March 23 the inaugural "Organ Donor Awareness Day" in Wellsville following Lingenfelter's passing that Monday.
At Monday night's meeting, Mayor Mary Smith read aloud a letter from Haugh. The letter asked that Salineville join Wellsville and a growing number of other towns around the county in preserving the Lingenfelter's memory by declaring March 23 "Organ Donation Awareness Day."
"What she's asking is for us to come together to keep Chelsea's wish at the forefront," said Smith. The village plans on observing the day by setting up stations where people can sign up to become organ donors.
According to the letter from Haugh, the goal is to bring media attention to organ, tissue and blood donation.
Council did not hesitate long in motioning to declare Saturday, March 23 "Organ Donation Awareness Day" by unanimous vote.
According to Smith, the village plans on having outside organizations come in to town to set up stations where people can sign up to become organ donors.
In other Council Business:
* Mayor Smith asked for council's confirmation of Kim Adams to become the newest member of the Board of Public Affairs. The three-person board has had a vacancy since former member Bridget Roberts resigned in January. Adams will carry out his term until the end of this year.
* Council approved the payment of bills totaling $27,122.42
* Councilman Tom Hays asked for clarification of the article titled "Village asks for gifts back." The article states that Mayor Smith stated that an executive session held in her absence Dec. 17 was held illegally.
Smith had contended the executive session was illegal because council used the session to discuss gift card for village employees, a purpose not allowed by ORC section 121.22. Hays used the public comments portion of the meeting to state that the executive session was used to discuss personnel in the police department not giftcards as the Mayor had contended.
"That meeting was called by council President Pro Temp Rick Beadle, for Terry(Police Chief Terry McElroy)," said Hays.
"We did not discuss the giftcards upstairs (in executive session)," added Councilman Rick Beadle.
Mayor Smith was questioned by council as to why she felt the meeting was illegal, "I was told that it was done in executive session and that there were other issues with what the meeting was called for not being correct." said Smith.