Leetonia eyes funds for waterline, park

LEETONIA — Village Council will be seeking local funding for two projects in town.

Council last week agreed to request Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from county commissioners for another phase of the ongoing village wide waterline project and a proposed pocket park in downtown.

According to Village Administrator Gary Phillips, council is requesting $115,800 for Phase IV of the project to extend the 12-inch high pressure, high volume line from Wilson Street up Cherry Fork Avenue to Home Street. He said it will help increase the water pressure and flow to the south side quadrant.

Phillips said the total cost of the project phase is estimated at $231,685, with the village covering $24,500 and an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) loan paying for $91,385.

In addition to the waterline project, council is also requesting $45,066 for a pocket park at 266 Main St., in an empty lot on the south side of the street in downtown. The total cost of the project is estimated at $57,066, with the village covering $7,000 through capital improvement funds and the beautification committee donating $5,000.

Part of the extensive downtown revitalization project, the pocket park has been described as a beautification technique to provide a place for visitors –particularly those on the Greenway Bike Trail — to rest or eat.

Phillips said the funds will not be granted until later in the year, with the money being available for next year.

In other business, council approved $11,362 for the purchase of a zero-turn mower from Hilltop Lawn & Garden in Columbiana.

Also at the meeting, Police Chief Allen Haueter reported he will get quotes to secure the front door of the police department with an intercom and buzzer system.

Spring cleanup is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 and 5 behind village hall for village residents only. Tire off rims will accepted at a cost of $1 each; no tires on rims will be accepted. No paints cans that are not dried properly or other household hazardous waste will be accepted, nor will computers, TVs, monitors, refrigerators, air conditioners or dehumidifiers.

Hazardous waste will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon June 2 at the Columbiana County Fair Grounds.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 2 at village hall, with no committee meetings beforehand.