Lisbon Council awards street project contract

LISBON – The contract for the West High Street project was awarded to the Youngstown firm of Parella-Pannunzio Inc., which submitted the low bid of $232,166.

The contract was awarded by Village Council at a special meeting held Friday and bid amount was well under the project estimate of $317,289.

The key improvements planned for West High Street include resurfacing the street and installing a new concrete gutter system to better direct storm runoff east to storm sewers near North Beaver Street.

The project is being funded with a state grant obtained by the village and $249,600 provided by Columbiana County commissioners.

In other action, council hired Lisbon contractor Bruce Carman as the new zoning/building inspector, replacing John Yenges, who resigned in May because his full-time job was requiring he spend more time out of town.

Carman was chosen from among 10 applicants, and Mayor Dan Bing pointed out he had also worked with Gary Simpson, the long-time zoning/building inspector who died in December 2011.

The job pays $206 per month, plus $12.50 for every contractor license issued.

Finally, council declined an offer by William Davis, who wanted to donate a 50-foot right-of-way to the village. The strip lies between his family’s property on state Route 45, just north of the McDonald’s restaurant.

Some council members noted the property appeared to be in Center Township and not the village. Councilman Tom Darcy said it also appeared this ROW is one that is subject to a recent lawsuit filed against the Davis family, which sold its property immediately south of the ROW for construction of an O’Reilly Autoparts store.

After taking all of this into consideration, council decided to take a pass on the offer and suggested Davis ask the township if they want it.