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Leetonia studies parking issues

LEETONIA — Village Council is looking at parking issues in two locations in the village.

Council authorized village Solicitor Walter Newton to draft legislation prohibiting parking on Cherry Street between Somer and Pearl streets due to problems with space for plowing snow. The issue is reportedly being caused by an apartment complex in the area, but there is a parking lot nearby where residents can park.

Councilman Jim Pittman requested council go through all three readings so residents can share their input.

Council also agreed to prohibit parking on Ridge Street within 50 feet of Lisbon Street due to a safety issue with school buses and to post signs stating the restriction. Police Chief Allen Haueter previously requested parking be restricted to one side of the street for safety purposes, but council did not take action on the recommendation after input from residents.

In other business, council approved an agreement that will provide a licensed water operator when Superintendent of Utilities Lisa Smith is off. The organization provides a licensed operator to fulfill the required needs and only covers the requirements of a licensed operator.

Village Administrator Gary Phillips said the village needs to complete an application to get an estimate of cost. He said the agreement is typically for planned vacations and if someone local can be found, they will be used first.

Council also created line items in the budget for sewer line and water line capital projects in anticipation of major renovations based on the wastewater asset management plan.

Mayor Kevin Siembida said council needs to start planning for the replacement of the 100-year-old lines, which will be a multi-million dollar project. He said currently the village has a capital expenditure fund for five- to 10-year short term projects, but needs to revise the rate ordinance to adjust the percentage of the water bill going into the fund to eartag a percentage of that money for the new line items, assuming there will be no grants for the project.

Also at the meeting, council accepted the NOPEC 2020 energy community grant of approximately $1,600 for energy saving projects. The money will be applied to the digital sign for downtown, Siembida said.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at village hall, followed by a finance committee meeting.

khowell@salemnews.net

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