Dog Days will remain a fixture in East Palestine

EAST PALESTINE– Village council last week unanimously passed a resolution to establish a permanent Day of Giving board for the village and school district for the purpose of annually organizing and overseeing the completion of all Dog Day projects.

The resolution — similar to one the school board approved this month — has been passed to better secure the future and continuance of the event.

“The current leaders of the event have done an excellent job of running it,” Councilman Alan Cohen said. “But no one has stepped forward to say they are going to do it again. Rather than go from year to year, worrying about who is going to handle it, I think it is a good idea to set up a permanent board.”

The board will consist of six members, who must be at least 18 years old and a resident in the East Palestine school district. Three of the members will be chosen by Village Manager Mark McTrustry, and the other three members will be chosen by Superintendent Chris Neifer.

At the school board meeting, Neifer said that he believes in the importance of the school district working together with the village.

“It’s an important piece of tradition that we do, and I think it’s important for our kids and community,” Neifer said. “I’m excited that the school district and village will get to work together to make something positive happen within the community.”

In other business, Law Director Dave Powers looked into 317 Main St., which has over $5,000 worth of back taxes. Powers emailed the prosecutor’s office and asked if the abandoned property could be put on the list to go into tax foreclosure.

“Although it is not a quick fix, I hope that over the next five to six months that property will get through the foreclosure process and be abandoned to the state of Ohio, and then the land bank can get it and tear it down,” Powers said.

Council also:

— Untabled the vacant structure ordinance and approved the second reading of the vacant structure registration and maintenance code.

— Hired Brian McLaughlin as a part-time police officer so he can remain director of the county Drug Task Force. McLaughin became the village’s representative on the DTF following his retirement from the county sheriff’s office last fall.

The next regularly scheduled village council meeting is at 7 p.m. Feb. 24.