Sick time measure still fails to gain significant support

EAST LIVERPOOL — For the second time in the past month, an ordinance to purchase accumulated sick time from a city employee failed to garner enough support to get approved by East Liverpool city council.

Members John Mercer and Fred Rayl opposed the ordinance, which would have allowed 322.6 hours of sick time to be bought by the city from water Superintendent Paul McCarthy.

The measure also didn’t gain emergency rules’ suspension last meeting, so it had a second reading. In February, council also didn’t support the legislation, which would have paid more than $8,000 for the 800 hours of unused sick time accumulated during his previous job.

Council did pass the other three ordinances presented, including creation of a new fund for the upcoming state Route 11 repairs. According to Scott Barrett, who oversees the streets’ committee, the city has received more than $500,000 in grants for the project, which will have no cost to the city. Raymond Perorazio also expressed concern about curb appeal after referring to an abundance of barrels along the road in the East End of town. “Those things are trash. We need to get them off the street,” he said.

Mayor Ryan Stovall reminded that participants in the city’s street cleanup will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday in Devon’s Diamond, while revealing Stowers’ rentals made a $300 for the Cops For Kids program and challenged others to do the same for the effort to buy clothes for area youth.

Rev. Ernest Peachey, who represents council on the recreation board, asked that council consider approving naming rights of a new playground/pocket park at 1530 Lisbon Street, the former home of Robert Barrett (councilman Scott Barrett’s father). The 100 square foot site also will include community garden-style boxes, which will be installed once the weather breaks. The property formerly was occupied by Barrett’s father, who offered recreational activities for children at the location.

Heritage Thermal Services already has awarded the project a $1,000 environmental grant, and they hope others step forward and offer monetary and volunteer support.

In addition, Councilman Brian Kerr announced his community cleanup was able to raise $500 for Team Mojo, but he said more work needs to be done. “We put a ding (in the debris), but not a dent,” he said, urging everyone to support the next two weekends’ cleanups for Earth Day.