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Property issues discussed at board meeting

October 9, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - Property issues were discussed Monday night by the city school board, including the status of a trade between the district and city.

Treasurer Todd Puster reported he had called city Law Director Charles Payne to ask about the status of an agreement in which the city swapped land near Pope Street for the district's former administration building in East End.

He said Payne advised the paperwork had gone in the mail Friday and should arrive in the district this week.

Superintendent James Herring said City Council and the school board voted on the trade between May and June and the legal counsel will now need to look over the paperwork before it's presented to the board for final approval.

"This is taking forever," board Vice President Bob Estell complained, directing Herring to let board members know as soon as the paperwork arrives.

Meanwhile, some issues have arisen at the former administration building, including a leak in the roof that caused the ceiling to fall and a recent discovery that water was running from a spigot outside the building.

Board member Scott Dieringer asked why the water wasn't turned off when the building was vacated, and Herring said, "We just forgot."

Puster said he doesn't know what the water bill will be, but President Janice Martin said the electric bill in the empty building has gone from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000, which Puster said was "an unusually high bill."

Board member Richard Wolf said if the paperwork for the swap is not received within 30 days, the district needs to seek a writ of mandamus in court, forcing Payne to "do what he's supposed to do."

In other building-related matters, Wolf and Estell both said they were disappointed in the progress being made on the new locker rooms at Patterson Field, with Wolf saying some wood got wet and may need replaced before the roof is installed.

Estell questioned why the roof is not on, since it had been delivered, but Herring said it has not arrived, and he has asked for a reason why it has not.

Martin also pointed out that plans submitted for approval to the state in August have still not been received.

Workers on the site yesterday indicated drilling will begin today on the Geopiers that will anchor the second locker room. It is expected to take about a week to complete, Herring said.



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