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Lisbon Council still must resolve complaints

December 21, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - Village Council has yet to make a decision on resolving complaints left over from the West Chestnut Street storm sewer project.

Council decided at its Nov. 19 meeting to withhold final payment to the contractor and project engineer until the last several issues raised by two residents were resolved to the village's satisfaction.

Although several council members toured the Persic property on West Chestnut and Day property on Cedar Street in early December, the issues apparently remain unresolved. The issue was on the agenda at this week's council meeting but no discussion occurred, nor was any action taken.

Also on the agenda was the status of proposed legislation requiring the village be notified when a foreclosed property has been sold in Lisbon and identifying the owner as a way to keep track of abandoned properties, and legislation repealing the village law banning Sunday sales of alcohol by village restaurants.

There was no updates on the legislation because village solicitor Virginia Barborak was absent due to an ill child.

In other action, council voted to pay $940 to John Thoman of Sherman Street after the sewer line to his house was crushed by a catch basin installed by the village over the line as part of improvements made to the street several years ago.

The home had been vacant until Thoman moved in four months ago and discovered the line had been crushed. The $940 represents what he spent to have the line repaired by an excavator.

"If we created the problem, we should fix it," said Council President Roger Gallo.

Ray Perrino of Willowbrook Sand & Gravel, state Route 154, asked council for permission to replace an old house trailer with a newer one on property he recently purchased next to his business. Perrino said he has problems with thieves at his business, and he would like for an employee to live in the house trailer and keep an eye on the property.

Chery Mills, zoning board secretary, said the area along Route 154 is now zoned highway business, which prohibits new residential housing in any form.

"We cannot allow that because it's in a business district," she said.

Perrino was told he would be allowed to move an office trailer onto the property, but no one could live there. Mills said the property would also have to be built up to meet the new flood plain requirements.

Mills also pointed out the house trailer currently on the property is on the list of properties to be demolished by the village using state funds available through Columbiana County commissioners.

Perrino indicated he would consider his options before deciding what to do with the property.



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