Commissioners approve annexation, close alleys

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners approved a Perry Township annexation at this week’s meeting and closed some Middleton Township alleys that existed only on a paper.

Douglas and Illiana Schmidt own 1.3 acres on Goshen Road in Perry Township, and they applied to have the property annexed into the city of Salem to receive municipal sewer service. The annexation petition had the support of every surrounding property owner.

The alley closure request involved property owned by Burrell and Rhonda Reeder, Pancake-Clarkson Road. The alleys are left over from when the unincorporated crossroads community of Clarkson was platted about 200 years ago. The alleys, which have never been used and exist only on plat maps, are on the Reeders’ property.

There was no opposition to either the annexation or the alley closure.

In other action at the meeting, commissioners approved suspending a county Department of Job and Family Services employee for 15 days without pay due to abuse of department leave policy. The disciplinary action was recommended by JFS Director Rachel Ketterman following a brief executive session with commissioners.

Ketterman also received commissioner approval for the JFS to contract with the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association to continue providing home health services to the elderly. She said the contract had been with Home Care Advantage of Salem, but the two businesses have merged.

The contract is for up to $12,500, and runs from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. The money comes from a senior services levy approved by voters several years ago.

Commissioners took no position on a liquor permit transfer for the Sleepy Hollow Banquet Center & Golf Course, Homeworth Road, Knox Township. The golf course sold at auction in April, and the new owner — Elks One Inc. — is seeking transfer of liquor license.

Commissioners can request a hearing before the state department of liquor control, but they only do that if the township trustees or someone else is in opposition.