Blankets, shirts clogging Lisbon sewer line

LISBON – Blankets and T-shirts should go into the washer and not your toilet.

That was the message delivered at this week’s Village Council meeting by Board of Public Affairs Chairwoman Carol Petrachkoff, who said in recent weeks major sewer line blockages were caused by people flushing inappropriate items down their toilets.

“Blankets, T-shirts, you name it,” she told council. “You think you can’t do it, trust me, they can do it.”

The one major blockage occurred on Saltwell Road and the other on North Market Street, both resulting in sewage backing up in other people’s homes in those areas. Petrachkoff said they used the vacuum truck to unclog the lines, which is when they found blankets and T-shirts in the sewer line in those areas.

She said it is impossible to determine exactly who is responsible since the blockages were found in the village sewage lines and not in any lines running from homes, but the BPA intends to send another letter to customers reminding them not to use their toilets to dispose of anything that can clog lines, such as paper towels, disposable diapers and feminine hygiene products.

“We’ve sent out letters before listing everything. I guess we’ll have to add blankets to the list,” Petrachkoff said.

In other action at the meeting, council:

– Hired Nancy Weber of Lisbon as a part-time police/fire dispatcher.

– Agreed to contribute $1,000 toward the $1,710 cost of purchasing a radar unit from Decatur Electronics of Phoenix for the new police department’s new SUV. The police auxiliary is paying $710.

– Approved on first reading legislation contracting with the American Legal Publishing Co. to update village laws, both online and in publication form. The cost is an estimated $8,000. The update was last performed in 2009.

– Transferred $5,000 from the general fund to the community swimming pool. Village Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner told council they generally contribute $10,000 to $20,000 annually to the pool’s operation.

– Passed on third and final reading legislation waiving the residency requirement for police Chief Mike Abraham, who lives outside Salineville.

Mayor Dan Bing reported Chief Abraham is still working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to get the new traffic lights in town better synchronized.

Wonner also reported the amount of fine money from traffic tickets has increased significantly in recent months, topping $2,000 in May, noting most months the average is less than $1,000. The amount of fine money collected through May is a combined $5,225, which goes to the general fund. Parking tickets generated another $4,285 for the general fund during the same period.