Leetonia resident thanks EMS for saving wife’s life

LEETONIA- A Columbia Street resident praised the EMS Department at the Village Council meeting Wednesday night.

Loren Coler offered his praise and thanks to the department and EMTs Scott Garlough, Bill Garlough and Paula Criss for their efforts in saving his wife’s life during an emergency last month.

“I don’t know how often [publicly recognizing the EMTs] is done, but they really deserve credit for their work,” he said. “I really believe they saved my wife’s life.”

In other business council approved the second reading of a rental unit registration ordinance that will require rental property owners to register their units and tenants with the village so that the tenants can be cited for zoning violations instead of the property owners.

The ordinance requires rental property owners to register each unit at a $10 fee and name each tenant over the age of 18, as well as the total number of occupants, living in each one. The ordinance also requires each owner to renew registration every year at a $10 fee, open each unit to inspections by the zoning inspector and name a statutory agent to represent the owner for those living out of state. Violations of the ordinance will be punished as a minor misdemeanor offense.

The ordinance must pass one more reading before taking effect.

Council also approved a subscription to the Foundation Center’s database for $295 for a year. According to village intern Justin Hite, the database will give all village departments access to over 10,000 of the top foundations in the country and $2.4 million in grant funding.

Also at the meeting council paid off an ambulance loan three years early for an interest savings of approximately $2,000 due to increased revenues in the EMS fund in 2012; and waived registration fees for the Leetonia Community Public Library to hold a community yard sale on May 25.

Additionally Mayor Artie Altomare reported that the village has received an Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) grant of over $10,000 for playground equipment at Wick Park.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Village Hall, preceded by a Water/Sewer Committee meeting at 6 p.m.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net