Palestine must fill park board position

EAST PALESTINE — A park board member has resigned and the village is looking for his replacement.

Village Manager Pete Monteleone announced Monday during the council meeting that applications will be accepted through Feb. 26 for the seat on the board previously held by Nathan Foster.

The board consists of six members, with three appointed by the manager and three appointed by the majority vote of council. Members serve five year terms.

Monteleone and Council Clerk Misti Martin said that Foster did not give a reason for his resignation. His seat is a manager appointment and his current term expires in December of this year.

Foster could not be reached for comment.

According to the village’s charter, the board’s responsibilities include making recommendations to village officials regarding park and cemetery maintenance and operations and also work with local organizations for programs that may be of interest to residents.

The board can also recommend fees for use of the park and its facilities to council.

Those interested in serving on the board should send applications to the municipal building at 85 N. Market St.

The board’s first meeting of this year is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 21 at the municipal building.

Monteleone also announced that the village is nearly done with upgrades to the Community Center building in the park and said crews are also working on improvements at the bathhouse at the pool, which includes new stalls.

In other business, council approved:

— The 2018 paving project, which consists of Oak, Short, Young, Frank, Valley, Jackson, Anna, and East High streets, Stacy Avenue, Western Avenue, the alley behind the school and Leslie Run.

— Giving a second reading to legislation establishing a salary for part-time police detective.

— An executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.