Lisbon ready to come down hard on owner of property

LISBON – The village is proceeding with threatened legal action unless a property owner repairs a crumbling retaining wall officials are concerned might collapse onto East Washington Street.

Council met in executive session for 30 minutes at Tuesday’s monthly meeting to discuss the letter Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak sent Jan. 15 to Tin-Hal Properties, in care of David Halverstadt, giving him 14 days to repair the retaining wall, or legal action will follow. The letter indicated the village was willing to grant an extension, given the weather and any financial issues involved in repairing the wall.

Following the executive session, Barborak said the letter will remain in force but she has to check because there may be other properties involved than just the parcel at 567 E. Washington St. owned by Tin-Hal. Barborak said she will have to determine if there are other property owners and contact them as well.

The issue came up at council’s September meeting, when Council President Roger Gallo expressed concern about the condition of the stone-block retaining wall, which has already partially collapsed in spots on the roadway. A section of the wall is also protruding to the point where it also poses a safety problem for westbound motorists.

Village law requires property owners to maintain their sidewalks and retaining walls within the curb lawn, and this wall is within the curb lawn, according to Barborak’s letter.

In other matters at Tuesday’s meeting, council:

– Reappointed Gallo as council president. He was absent from the meeting due to work.

– Reappointed Barry James, Wendell Cole and Gene Krotky to the cemetery board.

– Scheduled a personnel committee meeting for 10 a.m. Feb. 1 to review the applicants for the new park manager job, for the purpose of making a recommendation to the full council by its next meeting on Feb. 18. There are only two applicants so far, and the deadline is Jan. 31.

– Approved the purchase of a new Dell computer monitor and attachments for use by dispatchers in the police department from for $1,151. The larger monitor allows for consolidation of dispatcher services instead of moving back and forth between two smaller monitors; one is used to conduct criminal and vehicle checks and the other is to maintain the dispatch log.

Council’s finance committee met following Tuesday’s meeting with Police Chief Mike Abraham, who wanted to discuss possible pay raises for his officers and dispatchers. The police department spent $20,000 less in 2013 than it did the year before.