Leetonia includes parks in smoking ban
LEETONIA — Village Council Wednesday night approved the third and final reading of a resolution prohibiting the use of tobacco on village property.
Council approved the resolution which amends the personnel policy to prohibit all use of tobacco on any village property, including village hall, garages and parks. It will take effect in 30 days.
Mayor Kevin Siembida said after the meeting that the previous policy was not up to date with state law regarding tobacco use on municipal property and that the change will also help with the cost of insurance.
The policy addresses every use of tobacco from smoking to chewing to vaping, Siembida said.
In other business, council approved the first of three readings of an ordinance updating and amending the rules and regulations at Oakdale Cemetery. Cemetery Clerk Heather Rae Kelm said after the meeting the ordinance simply puts to paper the already established rules and regulations and that very little changed.
Council also authorized Mayor Kevin Siembida and Village Solicitor Walter Newton to open discussions with the Leetonia Sportsman Club on High Street regarding the sale of approximately 10 acres of village owned, landlocked property adjacent to the club; and authorized Siembida to allow the sale of alcohol during the upcoming Dragonhold Festival at the Coke Ovens, with proceeds being donated by the Siembida-Boggs Philanthropic Foundation to the parks.
The Halloween parade is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following trick or treat on Oct. 31, beginning at the intersection of Elm and Main streets and finishing at the fire hall. Council approved the closing of that stretch of Main Street for approximately a half hour for the event.
Siembida announced the beautification committee will be hosting a pasta dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the American Legion, 540 Main St. The menu will include rigatoni and meatballs, lasagna, salad, bread and desert. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under for pasta; and $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under for lasagna. Anyone wishing to donate an item for the Chinese Auction can contact Cheryl at 330-853-9334.
The Dragonhold Fantasy Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 at the historic Beehive Coke Ovens. The medieval fantasy event will be a one-day affair this year. Proceeds from the event will be donated back to the parks fund.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at village hall, followed by a Coke Ovens committee meeting.