Leetonia council OKs EMS administrators

LEETONIA- Village Council Wednesday night approved new administrators in the EMS Department.

Council hired Kevin Cibula as EMS coordinator and Dylan Joy as assistant coordinator.

Mayor Artie Altomare said he and council members Dan Summers and Danny Fire received six applications and interviewed four for the coordinator position. He noted that Cibula, who had been serving as the interim coordinator, has a plan in place regarding dropped calls and is currently working on a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

Council also reinstated Dave Leffel and Shannon Morrow to the department, with JR Ferry voting no to both. According to Altomare, Leffel and Morrow resigned from the department a couple months ago and recently asked to be reinstated.

Also in personnel, council accepted the retirement of Village Administrator Gary Phillips effective Friday due to changes in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and simultaneously reappointed him effective Monday. The action has been used before by the village for various administrative positions, Phillips noted.

Grit chamber replacement: Council approved an agreement with the Ohio Public Works Committee (OPWC) for a grit chamber replacement at the wastewater plant and authorized Phillips to submit the agreement with the understanding that a resolution will be passed at the next council meeting. The village will be responsible for $27,225 of the estimated $247,225 project, with a $66,076 loan at zero percent. The grit chamber filters debris and build-up from the water at the plant.

Vacant building registration: Council agreed to review an ordinance presented by Zoning Inspector John Rydarowicz last month that would establish a program for identifying and registering vacant residential and commercial buildings in order to determine the responsibilities of owners of vacant buildings and structures to comply with zoning codes and speed the rehabilitation of the vacant building.

Councilwoman Shana Prince said that she is not in favor of the ordinance because she does not feel people should be penalized for owning vacant property. Other council members expressed concerns about what will define a vacant property and how issuing a tax lien on properties will affect the chances they are sold.

Pay raises and building sale: Council approved the second readings of ordinances issuing approximate 5 percent raises for all employees on the police, hourly and salary payrolls, as well as the base rates for the positions, with an amendment combining the EMS filing clerk and assistant coordinator positions at $1,200 per year. Council also approved the first reading of a resolution for the sale of the former Tony’s Pizzeria building on Walnut Street to village resident Ronald Stouffer for $3,000. Council had previously accepted the bid in June.

Tree removal: Council approved the complete removal of five trees in the village for $4,050. Shade Tree Commissioner Sue Simpson said the removals are imperative because the trees are causing immediate safety concerns.

Next meeting: Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in Village Hall, preceded by a Water and Sewer Committee meeting.