Washingtonville council OKs intersection work

WASHINGTONVILLE – Council approved legislation authorizing the Ohio Department of Transportation to bid out the work to upgrade the intersection at state Route 14 and Washingtonville Road during Monday’s meeting.

Fiscal Office Dale Davis said ODOT will pay for 100 percent of the construction costs which will more closely align Washingtonville Road with East Street, which are opposite of each other, while widening state Route 14 and adding left turn lanes and a traffic signal. The work is expected to be started and completed this summer.

Any additional features the village wants above ODOT’s requirements will be paid for entirely by the village.

Council passed the legislation with an emergency clause and a unanimous 6-0 vote.

In other business, council approved placing Jeffrey T. Rober of Boardman on the police department as a part-timer under 90 days probation.

Rober is a dispatcher with the Leetonia Police Department and Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk said that while he had no other police experience, something he liked, the fact he had a dispatching background would help with police duties.

“Being a dispatcher, that’s important,” Husk said.

Rober was recommended by Leetonia Police Chief John Soldano, Husk said, explaining he would be placed in the department as a reserve.

There are no problems with police vehicles and Husk said and the new patrol unit would probably arrive at the end of the month.

He also reported the department was working on a list of abandoned vehicles.

There was one vehicle located at an abandoned residence and he said he would attempt to get an address on the owner to get the vehicle off the property.

In other business, Councilman Jim Smith said a company called W.E. Quickstall in New Philadeplphia said there might be grant money available to paint bridge to the sewage plant and referred the village to the Columbiana County engineer’s office.

Smith also noted he spoke to the county engineer’s office which advised him that there was “plenty” of grant money available for the parks, but it needed to be acted on quickly. Because of the proximity of metro bike trail there might be extra funds available, he said.

Mayor Will Jones said he’d like to install a basketball court and possibly hold tournaments to generate income.

Smith said they should meet soon, before council’s next regular meeting on the issue.

Also, Green Township Trustee Dave Slagle thanked the village for the money it gave the township that was used to purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera for its fire department which helps provide fire protection to the village.

Also, Councilwoman Theresa Allison commended the street department for its good work on village streets during snow cleanups.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net