Coke Ovens committee open to non-residents

LEETONIA- Village non-residents will now be able to serve on the Coke Ovens Advisory Commission.

Village Council Wednesday night amended the ordinance concerning the advisory commission to include non-residents.

There are reportedly a couple people outside the village who are interested in serving on the board that recommends ways to promote and develop the Coke Ovens site.

The advisory commission was created in October 2009 as a way to develop project plans in order to increase the likelihood of earning grant funding.

In other business council approved Huntington Bank for the village’s financial depository and other banking needs.

The village previously had an account with Farmer’s National Bank, but the Leetonia branch closed and Huntington’s Washingtonville branch is the next closest bank, according to Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar.

He also noted that the village will earn approximately $200 per month in interest versus the current $20 per month at Farmer’s.

Council also approved the advertisement for sealed bids for a vacant lot at 56 Elm Street and recertified in the electric aggregate that saves participating residents and businesses money on their energy bills.

Also at the meeting, council approved the purchase of 10 new portable radios for the EMS and fire departments up to $8,000.

EMS Director Kevin Cibula told council that there are currently five people on the department rosters that are without radios, and the extra radios can be used as replacements while others are being repaired.

He also reported that the departments have experienced and increase in response to calls, an issue that had been plaguing the departments.

Additionally council approved the purchase of a trailer for the street department for $4,950 from Bennett Trailer Sales in Salem.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Village Hall.