EAST LIVERPOOL - With the recent transfer of the former Riverview Florist property to the city's Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), steps have begun on its clean up.
Mayor Jim Swoger reported to City Council Monday that asbestos abatement is expected to begin this week on the greenhouses that have fallen into disrepair on the property.
Studies have shown asbestos is present only in the caulking around the greenhouse windows and some pipe coverings, and funding for its removal has been set aside.
Once the asbestos is removed, Swoger said, tear down of the greenhouses can begin. No other environmental hazards were found on the property, and the CIC has put up $1,500 to pay for mowing and other immediate necessities.
Council passed several pieces of legislation Monday night, including an ordinance adjusting appropriations to provide $13,000 for repairs to doors at Central Fire Station.
The money will go toward materials only, with assistant Chief Jeff Kreefer and firefighters from his crew providing all the labor in-house.
Also passed were two ordinances authorizing the purchase of a truck cab and chassis and a stainless steel truck bed for the water department. As previously reported, the body will cost $29,380 and the cab/chassis, $69,774.
Council heard from Ohio Avenue resident Linda Ziegler, who said the city needs to make a better effort at keeping up its own property before insisting that residents do the same, citing the condition of the former Riverview Florist property and the city car barn as examples.
Ziegler said she had driven by a Michigan Avenue property owned by an at-large councilman that has television sets, furniture, tires and other debris in the backyard, which she called "disgraceful," saying, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."
Although Ziegler did not name him, Councilman Ryan Stovall said after the meeting she was referring to his late mother's home.
Stovall said he has been dealing with the bank over the deed since his mother died in 2000 and the house is to go up for auction next month. Admitting there was considerable debris on the property, Stovall said he had arranged for someone to clean it up.
"Apparently, they didn't do it," he said, saying he hasn't gone often to see the property.
Councilman Scott Barrett praised deputy Service-Safety Director Dan Galeoti for the paving done last week on Eutaw Avenue, saying, "It's the best you've ever prepped a street. It's not the best, but it's good. He did a good job."
Barrett recently opposed a measure regarding the paving projects because of his concern that the city fails to prep streets properly prior to paving. He serves as road foreman for St. Clair Township.
Swoger also commended Diorio Paving for its work on three streets last week, including Eutaw.
Swoger also reported he has asked for a meeting with Columbia Gas regarding the condition of Michigan Avenue following an excavation by the company, saying, "It is absolutely unacceptable."
Councilman Sherrie Curtis said the same is true of Avondale after the gas company finished a job there, saying, "It's a disgrace they were allowed to get away with it."
Stovall said he has plans to revamp legislation, raising the bond required for excavating city streets, saying the current $500 bond is not sufficient, and Curtis said that bond was originally set to pertain to residents who needed to excavate in front of their homes, not for gas companies to "dig all over town."