Park district seeks an easement for bike trail

LISBON -Village Council is being asked for an easement so the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail can be extended to the Day’s Inn.

Mike West and Eileen Dray-Bardon of the Columbiana County Park District board attended this week’s council meeting to seek an easement that would allow them to build a bike trail along the north side of state Route 154.

The proposed one-mile trail would be from where the sidewalk currently ends on Morton Street to the BP station, which is next to the Day’s Inn. Dray-Bardon said the idea is to provide immediate access to the Greenway Trail for bicycle enthusiasts from outside the area who stay at the motel.

The Greenway Trail runs from Lisbon to Washingtonville but terminates in the west end of town. Bicyclists staying at the Days Inn could travel the trail along Route 154 before taking village streets to link up with the trail.

Dray-Bardon said this is one step closer to the park board’s long-term goal of extending the trail all the way to the Ohio River. “That’s our goal and we eventually might make it in our lifetimes,” she said.

The paved bike trail is 10-foot wide, so Dray-Bardon said they would likely need a 15 to 20-foot easement along the village’s right-of-way that extends the entire length of Route 154.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mayor Dan Bing.

Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak told them to provide her with a sample easement agreement to review.

Park Board President Dottie Betz said they need an easement before they can begin seeking funding to pay for the project, which is expected to cost an estimated $780,000.

In other action, council decided to approach the property owners along East Chestnut Street about the water coming from a natural spring in the hillside behind their home. The water used to go into a drain, which has apparently become clogged, sending the water into yards, garage foundations and onto East Chestnut Street.

“If we don’t get it fixed it will cost us more down the road,” said Councilman Joe Morenz.

Councilman Jeff Snyder reported the street committee is considering a request to have a street levy placed on the Nov. 4 ballot, and the filing deadline is Aug. 6. He intends to bring up the issue again for further discussion at council’s July meeting.

Council also hired Peyton Blackburn to work at the community pool, where her mother, Dana, is the park manager. The younger Blackburn has been working for several weeks but was never officially hired until now. Council said it could not retroactively pay her since they were unaware she had begun working.

Dana Blackburn reported about the recent Ignite Lisbon community event hosted at the town park by the local Chamber of Commerce to kick off the summer.

“It wasn’t great but it was good,” she said. “I don’t think it benefited the chamber like they thought, but it was sure beneficial to us” because of exposure the event generated, she said.

Finally, Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner told council she sent a note to department heads and others reminding them all invoices must be signed because she has been receiving a number of unsigned invoices lately.