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Leetonia achieves CRA status

LEETONIA — Mayor Kevin Siembida announced this week Leetonia is officially a community reinvestment area.

Siembida said the CRA classification will be a huge positive for residents. Those who do improvements will receive tax incentives.

“It’s also very beneficial to small businesses and developers,” said Siembida.

The process of taking advantage of CRA status will be included in next month’s water bill.

Additionally, letters will be sent out to those affected by the paving project involving East High Street and Main Street. Grinding is scheduled for April 26. Siembida said if the project is under budget the city is considering making some repairs on Butcher Street.

Also, grant funding is under review for phase 3 of the downtown revitalization project consisting of a splash pad. The project is estimated to have a total construction and design cost of $27,000. The funds were obtained from a side grant affiliated with the state capital budget for the revitalization of business district development.

In police matters, council hired Brittany Mathews and Nicholas Barker as part-time dispatchers and Steven Stanton as a part-time officer for the weekends.

In other discussion, there will be no spring clean-up due to lack of funding. Neal Bayless suggested that the matter be revisited in the fall.

The city will collect brush and other yard debris curbside the first two weeks of May. Siembida stressed that residents are not to cut up trees for pickup.

Zoning will be putting an advertisement on the Indeed job search website for a part-time zoning officer position.

The beautification committee will be collecting donations for baskets that will go up in May. Checks can be sent to the Leetonia Village Committee.

“I do appreciate through all the years of doing that and continuing to do that for the community,” said Siembida.

dgarner@mojonews.com

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