Trustee offers Lisbon some friendly advice on street repairs

LISBON – The village has taken Center Township up on an offer to learn how to better operate a machine used to fill potholes and patch larger sections of streets in need of repair.

The offer came from Center Township Trustee Joe Csonka, who attended this week’s Village Council meeting to say the township, like Lisbon, has a Durapatcher machine and it has saved them $40,000 a year since they first started using the machine 20 years ago.

Lisbon has only had its Durapatcher for the past several years, and Csonka said from what they can tell, it appears the village does not know how to operate it properly.

“What I want to tell you tonight might offend some people … (but) your roads are terrible,” Csonka told council.

The village and township routinely cooperate when it comes to road projects and snow removal, and in that spirit the township was willing to have their personnel meet with Lisbon’s street department workers to review how the Durapatcher operates, starting with what type of stone is the most effective.

“You’re doing it wrong,” regardless of what your street department workers might be saying, Csonka told council.

Csonka said it is “ridiculous” that streets such as Race Road remain closed after being ground down nearly two months ago in preparation for being resurfaced.

“I’m not picking on anybody. I’m just telling you the truth,” he added.

Jim Oliver, Lisbon’s street superintendent, said he would make arrangements to meet with his Center Township counterpart, but he noted the Durapatcher is only for potholes and areas no more than 3 to 4 feet in length.

“You can’t patch large areas with it,” Oliver said.

Later in the meeting, Councilwoman Cheryl Mills reported Ray Lawrence offered to lease his paving machine for the village to use in resurfacing streets, if that would help.

“He’s more than willing to help us because he sees how bad the streets are,” she said.

In related news, council went behind closed doors for a 60-minute executive session to discuss two issues, one of which was possible disciplinary action against street department employees. The executive session was requested by Mills.

Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner, who also serves as council clerk, reported no action was taken afterward and Mayor Dan Bing will handle any possible disciplinary action in accordance with village policy.

The other executive session was over possible litigation involving at least one property owner – Ed Day of Cedar Street – who is unhappy with the results of the storm sewer separation project undertaken in his neighborhood two years ago. Day provided the newspaper with a copy of a letter sent to Bing by his attorney, who said his client still has water collection problems caused by the project and, as a result, water continues to enter Day’s basement and garage.

The other problem property affected by the storm sewer project involves the Percics, who live on West Lincoln Way. The upper end of their property continues to be damaged from runoff following heavy rains.

No action was taken in regard to either of these properties, although the village’s engineering firm has reportedly come up with proposed solutions for both properties.