EAST LIVERPOOL - City employees could soon have a more inhabitable space to work if plans come together for installing a modular unit at the Car Barn on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell told City Council Monday night he has been speaking with a modular company which has proposed a unit that would house locker rooms, restrooms with showers, a kitchenette and break room, office space, training rooms and an addition for file storage.
Estell said the car barn has been used to store files but its condition has made that impractical, saying proper file storage is needed, making the additional section necessary.
The estimated cost of such a unit would be about $150,000, including the cost of installation.
Estell said the cost should not affect the general fund since between $15,000 and $20,000 is spent annually on heating the car barn so employees can use it, whereas the estimated utilities cost for the new unit would be about $100 per month, a "significant savings which could be used toward the payment."
The existing car barn would still be used for storage of vehicles and salt, he said after the meeting, also confirming that bids would have to be accepted for a new modular unit.
Council was not asked for any action on the unit at this time.
In other matters, Estell also reported on Saturday's cleanup day which only attracted 67 residents, even though it was free and open to anyone living within the three-county solid waste district, not just city residents.
A second cleanup day will be held Oct. 27, with more details to follow.
Asked by Councilman Ray Perorazio if there are any plans to start cleaning up the former Riverview Florist property, Estell said council may be asked in the near future to consider contracting with a development firm, saying he is awaiting additional information.
He said a cleanup day to which council will be invited will also be planned for the property when street patching is complete.
Mayor Jim Swoger called Saturday's cleanup "disappointing," saying, "Our planning department fights daily with people who have junk in their yards.
Perorazio said those with junk in their yards don't care and will have to be forced to clean it up.
Estell also reported work is continuing on upgrading the radio system by year's end to meet new mandates.
Efforts are continuing to raise money for a K-9 unit for the city police department, and Estell reported he is hoping an officer can go into training next spring, but that not enough money has been raised yet.
He praised both the Veterans City Council and East Liverpool Patrolmen's Association for their fundraising efforts and encouraged more donations, saying, "The area has been wonderful with donations."
A concert is planned for Nov. 23 at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge to raise funds for the K-9 unit.
Chief John Lane offered monthly reports for August and September, noting nearly 1,000 calls per month answered by the department as well as 20 indictments.
"We seem to lead the county in (the number of) indictments every month," Lane told council.
Councilman Chuck Wade said he has spoken with Lane about a possible city ordinance regarding texting while driving, which is still being reviewed.