Commissioners approve alley vacation for Pinky’s

LISBON – The owner of Pinky’s Lounge in New Garden is seeking to close two alleys that exist only on paper so a new septic system can be installed.

Columbiana County commissioners acted at Wednesday’s meeting to officially accept the petition filed by Pinky’s owner Eric Guappone to close the alleys immediately south and to the east of the establishment. Neither are used as public roadways, although they officially exist as such on the property maps.

Commissioner Tim Weigle said it his understanding Guappone is required to install a new septic system, and to be able to do that he needs the additional property to the south.

A number of adjoining property owners have signed the application, and the property would be split between the property owners if the request is approved.

Before commissioners can act, they must hold a public hearing on the request. They also require something in writing from Hanover Township trustees stating their position on the request since Pinky’s is located in the township.

In other action, commissioners:

– Transferred $98,250 in unappropriated funds to county juvenile and probate courts, which Commissioner Mike Halleck said should be enough to get them through the rest of the year.

– Accepted the resignation of deputy dog warden Shannon Triplett, who recently had her first child.

– Reappointed the following people to the county airport authority board: Joe and Mike Diloreto, Tim O’Hara and Dan Thompson.

– Named Barbara Stamp to replace Richard Hoppel on the county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

– Acted on the recommendation of county Department of Job and Family Services Director Eileen Dray-Bardon by issuing a three-day suspension for a JFS employee who violated the work attendance/tardy policy.