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Leetonia may need to revise trash ordinanc

LEETONIA — Village Council is looking at its trash collection ordinance after residents have contracted with a company not holding a license to operate within village limits.

Council this week authorized Diamondback Disposal of East Liverpool to operate within village limits for 30 days while council discusses the village’s trash collection ordinance.

Mayor Kevin Siembida brought the issue before council after receiving multiple notices from resident who have contracted with Diamondback to collect their trash. The village ordinance regarding trash collection requires companies obtain a license to pick up in village. However, the licenses are limited to five and all five are filled.

Siembida said council will have to amend the ordinance or tell residents they cannot use Diamondback, the latter of which he said is not suggested.

Beyond the immediate issue of Diamondback being able to operate within village limits, Siembida said council needs to review the ordinance to determine how licenses are issued. He said the current ordinance does not offer much regulation on issuing the licenses and says nothing about revoking licenses.

Council also expressed interest in revisiting the single trash hauler option, which has been rejected in the past.

Council President JR Ferry said he is still in favor of a single hauler to help reduce stress on the streets while Councilman Jim Pittman continued his opposition, saying he believes companies will be able to gouge prices if there is only one in the village.

Council will hold a committee meeting after its next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at village hall to discuss the issue.

In other business, council approved an emergency resolution authorizing administrative assistant Katie Brockman to complete the application for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for Phase III of the downtown revitalization project. Council approval is required to complete the second part of the application, the deadline for which is Jan. 29

The $1.68 million project includes renovation of streets, sidewalks, water/sewer lines and utility lines along Main Street from the village hall to Washington Street. The village is responsible for 5 percent ($84,000) plus any engineering costs, which can come from the general fund, donations, other grants or loans.

Siembida said the village will find out in July if application is approved and the money would then be available in 2024. He also noted council is not committed to the project if the application is approved and will have time to generate the matching funds.

Also at the meeting, council accepted the resignation of police officer Dakota Mitchell and promoted part-time officer Ryan Stovall to full-time.

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