Leetonia Council opts for Obamacare

LEETONIA – Village Council Wednesday night agreed to drop the village’s current health insurance and instead use the federal program effective Jan. 1 commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Council members acknowledged that the change will affect each employee differently but expressed a commitment to ensuring each one secures coverage at ideally similar premiums as now.

“All of our employees are great, we don’t want to leave them hanging out to dry,” said council President Dan Summers.

In other business, Summers questioned why the village’s mowing assessment, totaling $390, was not submitted to the county auditor for this year. Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar said he received the forms to submit property assessments a week and half before the deadline and that he promptly distributed them to department heads, but received none back to return to the county.

Village Administrator Gary Phillips reported that he toured the now vacant Farmers National Bank building at the corner of Walnut and Main streets with an eye toward possible office space. Earlier this year council accepted possession of the former Sky Bank on Main Street with the intention of office space or records storage, but abandoned the idea due to renovation costs.

Community Development Coordinator Justin Hite reported that the Leetonia history books are completed and available at Village Hall for $20. The books are being sold to raise funds for the Coke Ovens renovation project.

The fire department’s Halloween parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and Trick-or Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Village Hall, preceded by Water/Sewer and Streets committees at 6 p.m.