Washingtonville hires firm to seek park grant

WASHINGTONVILLE – Council approved a proposal to have Quicksall & Associates to apply for grant money for a new park area totaling $66,659 during Monday’s meeting.

Councilman Jim Smith has been working on the project and said representatives of Quicksall visited the village and provided paperwork.

Smith said they needed to submit it back to Quicksall by April 1, noting the village may lose the opportunity.

There is about $29,000 in available grant money through the county. Three other government entities have applied for portions of that money, according to Fiscal Officer Dale Davis who said there was $4,000 in the village park fund.

Council has discussed building a basketball court and the application includes that along with swings and a play pod.

Smith said $33,329 could come from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and $19,997 could come from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks Fund while the local share would be $13,332.

Smith said a Quicksall representative advised him there were no other administrative costs outside of the fee in the forms provided.

Solicitor Michele McBride Simonelli said they wanted to be aware of costs going in while Mayor Will Jones asked, “If we don’t get get grants are we still obligated to pay the fees?”

McBride Simonelli could not find a fee for Quicksall’s work if the the paperwork was rejected and council approved making the application with a 6-0 vote.

In other business, council approved purchasing two tons of cold patch for Street Department Supervisor Ed Garret who discussed some of the streets that needed work in the chip and seal program along with Councilwoman Becky Vignon.

The two went out and measured and checked some streets, Vignon said, noting there are some on the Mahoning County side but there is no chip and seal program there. “They just have a line stripping program,” she said, adding they can get on that.

Smith said there is state money available for patch work on state Route 14 and Jones said the village can use some money out of the highway fund.

Also, Councilwoman Theresa Allison pointed out there are logs on Cherry Street and suggested the property owner should get a warning.

Jones said he will pick up an American flag at the Leetonia Public Library that was quilted about 20 years ago by a village resident.

He wanted to place it on display in the village administration building and said he would pick it up.

“I’d like to put it up here on the wall,” he said, adding, it is pretty big and part of the village’s history.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net