Council approves district application

LISBON — Village Council was finally able to approve new state downtown revitalization district application filed by Anthony Sylvester, who owns the building on South Market Street that houses the Scratch restaurant

The application will now be forwarded to the Ohio Department of Commerce for approval, which would enable Scratch owner Jason Geissinger to seek a state liquor for his restaurant.

In other action at last week’s meeting, council:

— Gave the Shade Tree Commission permission to hire Rydar Tree Service of Leetonia for $4,700 to remove problem trees at the following locations: 394 E. Lincoln Way, 394 E. Chestnut, 324 E. Chestnut, 328 E. Chestnut and 247 W. Washington.

A total of six trees will be taken down at those locations, and one of the property owners, Wayne Wallace, intends to contribute.

— Appointed Abby Hayward, West Lincoln Way, to a vacancy on the architectural and historical review board on the recommendation of Mayor Joe Morenz, who said he approached her. Hayward replaces Stevie Halverstadt, who was removed by the mayor in a dispute over whether she overstepped her authority.

— Accepted the resignation of board of zoning appeals member Peter Wilson. He was recently elected to council, starting in January, and is not allowed to simultaneously serve on both. Anyone interested in serving on the BZA should drop off a letter of interest at the mayor’s office by Dec. 29.

— Met in executive session for five minutes with police Sgt. Shar Daub to discuss possible disciplinary action. Daub was at the meeting in place of Police Chief Mike Abraham, who was off. No action was taken.

Village Solicitor Megan Bickerton reported she finished working on a proposed ordinance requiring landlords with vacant properties in the downtown business district make some effort to rent or sell them, but she neglected to email it to Wonner for the meeting.

Mayor Morenz reported the the village does not own the property just outside of town used by rock climbers. The issue came up at the last meeting because a rock-climbing group wanted permission to replace pitons on the rock face of the old stone quarry. He said a closer inspection of property maps shows the village owns the walking path through the stone quarry but not the rock face itself.