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Saltwell gets more attention from Lisbon

August 24, 2012
By TOM GIAMBRONI - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

LISBON - The village will resurface Saltwell Road for the second time in as many years.

Village Council voted to do so at this week's meeting after street foreman Jim Oliver reported the county engineer's office offered to include Saltwell Road in its summer chip-and-seal resurfacing program.

Under the program, the county does the resurfacing work, with participating villages and townships paying for the material. The cost to Lisbon will be $2,690.

Last year's resurfacing job did not hold up very well, which officials attributed to a different type of slag being used due to the unavailability of the stone that is normally used. This year there is enough of the proper slag available.

Officials said Saltwell Road is seeing considerably more traffic since the new county government services building opened in the spring.

In other action, council accepted the resignation of parking meter reader Tracie Lindsay and then hired Shannon Owens and Lindsey Ward to replace her. Owens and Ward are part-time police department dispatchers, with Owens just hired as a dispatcher at the same meeting.

This sparked some discussion among council members over whether it was better to hire two part-time meter readers or just one. Police Chief John Higgins, who recommended going with two part-time readers, suggested they go with the arrangement on a trial basis to see how it works out, which council agreed to do for three months.

It was noted that Lindsay worked 35 hours per week, with parking meter revenue covering her salary, and council member Mary Ann Gray suggested her replacements should not exceed that in the combined hours they work.

Owens will be paid $8.75 an hour as a dispatcher, while the pay for meter readers is $8.20.

Higgins was also questioned by council member Willis Coleman why he recommended hiring Owens without seeking applications. "Why don't we advertise," he said, adding that is how it was done in the past.

"We take applications as they come in," Higgins said, adding that in this case he knew Owens because she worked for him before taking a full-time job at the highway patrol. She recently had another child and wanted to cut back on her work hours.

Coleman also reported the village needs a new location to dispose of grass clippings, leaves and brush because the current dump site at the end of Maple Street is nearly full. The dump site is located along the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek, and dumping must cease a certain distance away from the stream and they are that point.

Coleman asked anyone with land where these materials can be dumped to contact village officials.



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