Lisbon swimming pool to have diving board again

LISBON – The community swimming pool will again have a diving board.

Street Supervisor Jim Oliver was authorized at this week’s Village Council meeting to proceed with plans to purchase a new diving board and fulcrum for the community pool at a cost of about $4,000.

The board comes with a 15-year guarantee, although the previous diving board purchased by the Eagles Club lasted only two years because of problems with the fulcrum.

Officials noted there may be about $1,500 left in money donated for the pool by the Lisbon Community Foundation and it would be applied toward the purchase.

Council also approved rehiring Russ Bowles as the pool manager for the season for the same pay and hours as last year. He was recommended for the job by Councilman Joe Morenz, chairman of the parks committee.

The board also approved hiring Kailea Brown, Shelby Renfro and Jacob Borg as lifeguards at the pool, although Morenz said they need a total of seven to eight lifeguards to properly staff operations for the entire summer. They will be paid minimum wage.

In other action, council:

– Agreed to help fund continuation of the DARE anti-drug education program taught in the Lisbon and Leetonia school districts. The program is taught in Lisbon schools by Officer Shar Daub, who said 590 students in the elementary school and grades 7-8 participated last year. The program is also taught in Leetonia schools using a Lisbon officer.

The total program cost is $6,578, with the federal DARE grant obtained by the village covering half the expense. The village, Lisbon and Leetonia school districts pay the rest.

– Passed on first reading a resolution waiving the residence requirement for new police Chief Mike Abraham, who lives outside Salineville. Abraham was promoted last fall to replace retiring Chief John Higgins, who lived in Salineville while serving as chief.

Chief Abraham reported he mailed out warning letters to 31 people with unmowed lawns, to six people with trash in their yards, and to 14 households with junked vehicles on their property. All have 30 days to remedy the problem or risk being cited into court, and Abraham said most have already complied.

Finally, Richard Henthorne of the Shade Tree Commission reported they recently completed planting 20 trees donated by the Lisbon Community Foundation and one tree donated by the Weber Funeral Home.