Deadline for committee application extended

LISBON — Four weeks ago, Village Council put out the call for a few good men and women to serve on a new committee. A month later, only one person has answered the call.

Councilman Ryan Berg reported at this week’s meeting they have has received only one application from someone interested in serving on the Community Reinvestment Area housing committee. Council agreed to extend the application period for another two weeks, and Berg said in the meantime he will approach some people.

The seven-member housing committee is to consist of two mayoral appointees, one village planning commission appointee, two people appointed by council, with the CRA housing committee to fill the other two positions.

The state recently designated Lisbon as a CRA that encompasses the entire town. This allows council to grant tax breaks on new property taxes generated by new residential and commercial construction or improvements. The CRA committee is to meet once a year to review the tax breaks and the properties that received the exemptions, and it also hears appeals.

In other action, local Boy Scout Collin Wells received permission from council to help build a gazebo and perform landscaping at the new mini-park proposed for village property located near the historic train depot on South Market Street. Village park director Dana Blackburn is to provide the materials.

Mayor Roger Gallo updated council on Sherman Street resident Donna St. Clair, who complained to them about the deplorable shape of the rental property next door. Gallo said Columbiana County Health Commissioner Wes Vins told him one of his inspectors was at the property on May 30 and it met department standards.

“I apprised her of it and she’s happy with that,” Gallo said of St. Clair.

Council voted to allow residents who do not live on U.S. Route 30/Lincoln Way to participate in the U.S. 30 flea market event held in early August. This was done at the urging of Councilman Peter Wilson, who said residents who live along Lincoln Way in town automatically can participate by putting flea market items out in the yard. but others may want to/

He suggested allowing others to set up tables for their wares in the village square as a way to promote the village and generate business for local restaurants and stores. Officials are to work out the details about where the tables are to be set up.

Village Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner reported they were able to meet the deadline for seeking a Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Nature Works grant in the amount of $19,024 to replace the stainless steel liner in the shallow end of the community swimming pool. The project cost is $25,336, with the village required to put up $6,342.

It costs $44,000 to replace the entire liner, but the village decided to replace only half for now because only $70,000 in Nature Works money is available for the entire county.

Council also acknowledged the recent donation of $500 from ATG’s Adam Newbold to help pay for painting the pool.

Wonner thanked Blackburn, streets supervisor Jim Oliver and senior water plant operator Chris Peterson in helping her get the application turned in by the June 1 deadline.

Wonner also announced she was successful in her application for a $10,000 fire department grant from the state fire marshal’s office. She said she learned of the grant through Peterson. The money can be used for miscellaneous fire equipment.

Wonner also reported the repaving of U.S. 30 in town is scheduled for July, while Beaver Street is to be resurfaced in October.

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