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ELO seeks renewal of park levy

Morning Journal/Stephanie Ujheyli East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane (left) pins the Life Saving award for heroism on city canine officer Chris Green during Monday’s council meeting. Within the past three months, Green has saved two choking subjects when he answered a dispatch call to their homes.

EAST LIVERPOOL — City officials are putting a five-year, 2-mill renewal levy for Thompson Park on the November general election ballot, after unanimously passing a resolution Monday night.

Council members unanimously approved the message, which is expected to raise $174,900.

According to county Auditor Nancy Milliken’s office, it will cost the owner of a $50,000 home $31.35 annually.

According to council clerk Pat Scafide, the paperwork will be filed with the county Tuesday morning, so it meets the Wednesday deadline.

Police Chief John Lane also awarded city patrolman Christopher Green with the Life Saving pin for saving two lives this summer. In calls to East Liverpool residents, Green was able to successfully clear the airway of two subjects in May and July.

Mayor Bricker also honored David and Deb Albaneso, the owners of Dave and Deb’s Place on Lisbon Street, for their efforts on behalf of the community. Officials named Sept. 19, which is the day of this year’s Cops and Kids fundraising poker run, in honor of the couple’s late daughter Shelby.

For the past several years, the Albanesos have organized the poker run in Shelby’s honor to help raise money for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29’s coats and boots program for needy children in the area, raising in excess of $26,000.

Councilman Jeff Kreefer, a former city firefighter, noted the Albanesos are well known for their generosity. Having known Dave for decades, he explained that “he has never turned us down for any (cause).”

Also during his comments, Mayor Bricker revealed a house is being donated to city, calling it good news for making progress with his cleanup effort.

As both safety forces’ chiefs would agree, housing is the number one problem in East Liverpool, he added.

In other action, Councilman Ernest Peachey, who chairs the recreation committee that oversees all parks but Thompson, updated his colleagues on work efforts going on at both Fulmer and Orchard Grove Parks and asked for additional volunteers to assist.

The next citywide cleanup day is Aug. 22, Bricker said.

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