LEETONIA - Village Council on Wednesday authorized the village solicitor to draw up legislation that will compensate village employees for the increase in their health insurance costs once the village drops its coverage at the end of the month.
Council told Solicitor Walter Newton to prepare legislation for the five people for as long as they are employed by the village to help pay for individual coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier in the meeting, council had approved an ordinance dropping the health care coverage effective Dec. 31. It was the third and final reading, but council passed it as an emergency to avoid the 30-day wait for it to become effective. Newton noted that he added to the ordinance language an increase in premiums as a factor for the action.
In other business council accepted a bid of $1,750 from Brian Cross for the vacant lot at 56 Elm St. It was the only bid submitted. Newton estimated $500 in closing costs.
Additionally, Zoning Inspector John Rydarowicz presented a quote of $4,350 to raze the home at 303 Columbia St., which did not include costs for hazardous material removal. Council asked Rydarowicz to find out how much possible hazardous material removal might cost before approving it. The only other quote was over $9,000.
Rydarowicz also asked council to consider the vacant property ordinance he presented in July that would establish a program for identifying and registering vacant residential and commercial buildings in order to determine the responsibilities of owners of vacant buildings and structures to comply with zoning codes and speed the rehabilitation of the vacant building. He said there are 50 vacant homes in the village, some of which have been empty for over 10 years, that are not being maintained.
The Leetonia Community Public Library will host the village's traditional tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. Monday at Wick Park. The Christmas Remembrance of Loved Ones is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oakdale Cemetery Chapel.
The Jan. 1 meeting has been changed to Jan.8. Council will still meet on Jan. 15.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Village Hall.