LISBON – The village council agreed on Wednesday to prepare specifications for the necessary renovations to the street garage.
During an update on the project under old business, Councilman Jerry Cox said the estimates he provided at the last meeting were very preliminary estimates to get an idea of the cost of the works.
He spoke with a general contractor, an excavator and an electrician to get cost proposals to get the process started. These preliminary figures included $76,580 by Hink Construction for a new roof, lean-to and siding, $22,091 by D&R Garage Doors for the garage doors, $38,000 by GW Dailey for the excavation, $5,000 by Soltis Julian for electricity and $5,000 for contingencies. The project should be open to public tenders.
“It’s just a remodeling of what we have”, Cox said, adding that the existing lean-to was in disrepair.
He said he could prepare a scope of work and should develop job descriptions for the project, provided the board agrees to go ahead. Councilor Dawn Thomas suggested a scope of work be prepared, then Mayor Pete Wilson asked if the village could get flood insurance and tax officer Tracey Wonner said she was available.
Wilson suggested offering the project as one price for everyone and also with separate bids for each party to see how they can get the best price. He said it will be a major project for the village and he is concerned about the cost.
Thomas said they needed the scope of work first, which the council voted to have completed.
In other cases, Wilson reported the first warning letter sent regarding chickens on a property, and then the first permit was issued. He said he expects more permit applications to have chickens, especially with the price of eggs continuing to climb.
The council has agreed to accept $20,000 from Columbiana County commissioners for the salary and benefits of a village constable assigned full-time to the county’s drug task force, a report from the chief of police Mike Abraham regarding the police department’s 2022 activity report and hired Dylan Sinkovich of Salem as a part-time police officer on Abraham’s recommendation. He said Sinkovich is a recent police academy graduate and works part-time for Springfield Township.
Abraham spoke about the plethora of police jobs and his belief that he will lose the new officer to a full-time job. He said the department needed an additional full-time officer to help cover scheduling issues and vacations.
As part of new business, the board received information on the street sweeping proposal for this year, at a cost of $150 per hour one way from Everbrite Inc. The board also approved an update to staff policy regarding vacation credit.
Councilor Melissa Hiner explained that new hires will now get credit for the full year of vacation after their probationary period, meaning employees can take their two weeks of vacation before it is accrued. But it also means that if the employee leaves before the end of the year, any vacation costs that have not yet accrued will have to be reimbursed. The cost will be deducted from the final paycheck and, if necessary, refunded within 30 days of departure if the value of the paycheck is not sufficient to cover the cost of the holiday.
Public Affairs Council Chairman Bill Hoover said the new Vac Con truck was back in service and running like a top after being loaned to the company the truck was purchased from, Best Equipment, for the training. As part of the deal, three village employees completed the training and the company detailed the truck before returning it.
Hoover expressed his gratitude to the county engineer’s office for helping with a sewer problem at Family Recovery when the Vac Con truck was out of service, saying county staff were more than helpful. The sewer was running slowly and workers discovered towels in the village sewer line, with an investigation underway to determine the source.
Hoover and Village Water and Wastewater Superintendent Chris Peterson urged citizens to be careful what they put in the sewer system, especially towels or other items that shouldn’t not be thrown away.
Hoover also reported that the department is applying for an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency H2O grant of up to $10,000 for the cost of a correlator, a machine that can help detect the location of leaks in pipes. He said they would continue to use the leak finders for an annual water line review, but would use the correlator in an emergency or if there was a problem.
The next board meeting will be February 14 at 6:30 p.m.