LISBON -Village Council wasted little time on repairing the former street department garage after being told they would have to leave its current location come spring.
Council voted at this week's meeting to spend up to $4,000 to repair the old garage on state Route 164 near Saltwell Road so the street department can resume using it.
The garage was abandoned after being damaged during the August 2004 flash flooding that occurred in the village. Since then, Lisbon has been renting the former Center Township garage on South Jefferson Street, which is owned by the Columbiana County Park District.
Cheryl Mills is pictured with four of the Lisbon mayors she served with: from left, Willis Coleman, Joe Chapman, Gary Hall and Jeff Snyder, who was mayor when this photo was taken in 2003. Mills also served with Mike Lewis and current Mayor Dan Bing.
Park district officials advised council last month they want the street department to be out of the South Jefferson Street facility by March 31, which is when the park district intends to begin using the garage to store equipment and for offices.
Council has been talking about reoccupying the abandoned street department garage for the past two years but never acted until receiving the eviction notice. After the last meeting, Mayor Dan Bing asked zoning/building inspector John Yenges to come up with some figures on what it would cost to repair the old garage.
Following a presentation by Yenges, council authorized spending up to $4,000 to begin the process. He also provided estimates on what it could cost to construct a second garage on the empty 40-foot by 50-foot concrete slab next to the existing garage; $25,000 for a concrete block-based building; $12,500 for a steel building, materials only. Council took no action on those options.
The village has been paying $14,400 a year in rent to the park district, which they will save by reoccupying the old street department garage.
"In the long run we're going to save a lot of money," bing said.
In other news:
- Long-time village employee Cheryl Mills submitted her resignation after announcing her plans to retire for good at the end of the year. Mills has worked 42 years for the village, mostly as the mayor's secretary and zoning board clerk. She retired several years ago but was rehired to the same position on a part-time basis.
Two of the mayors Mills worked for - Willis Coleman and Jeff Snyder - are now on council, and they thanked and praised Mills for her years of service. "I couldn't have wished for a better person to have been my secretary," Snyder said.
Coleman agreed. "She knows more about this town than the guys sitting up here," he said.
Council President Roger Gallo thanked Mills for caring so deeply about the village. "We need more of that passion in the village. It hasn't gone unnoticed," he said.
Council then voted to advertise to seek applicants for the position.
- Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak said there was nothing new to report about negotiations to lease village property for oil and gas development, which the village has been talking about doing for nearly two years. Barborak said the Ward Law Office, which has been retained by the village to assist in negotiations, told her they would let her know when they are able to obtain the best deal possible.
- Karen and Gary Morgan showed up to complain about their rental property on West Washington Street being on the list of homes Lisbon wants razed with state demolition money received by the county. Barborak said the village had tried to work with them repeatedly over the past four years to get the exterior of the property repaired but to no avail, which is why the home was added to the list.
Each community that applies is to receive enough money to have five homes demolished. The Morgans' property is not on the top-five homes list Lisbon submitted to the county commissioners for demolition, however.