Lisbon Council discusses water erosion concerns on Rose Drive

LISBON – Concerned about water erosion from a storm drainage system from Rose Drive near the Family Recovery Center and a storage facility, Lisbon Village Council discussed some options at Tuesday’s meeting.

Currently, a drainage pipe between Family Recovery Center and the storage facility continues for another 250 feet to an existing ravine.

The area near a drainage pipe, where it comes out near the hillside, is reportedly eroding.

“The Fleming House is going to be on fairgrounds property if it ever lets loose,” said Carol Petrachkoff, chairman of the Lisbon Board of Public Affairs.

Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak said she spoke with county Commissioner Tim Weigle to see if the county had done a previous study on the drainage issue or whether they would be willing to share in the cost of studying the issue, but learned it does not appear to be something the county believes to be its issue.

“It’s in Lisbon,” Barborak said. “I don’t think we’re going to get any help from the commissioners.”

Mayor Dan Bing, a former county commissioner agreed, noting that office tends to be more concerned with the county problems. But Fiscal Officer Tracy Wonner pointed out the runoff is coming from county property.

Besides concerns over who would pay, Councilman Joe Morenz questioned the price tag of a possible engineering study to fix the problem. In a letter dated May 23, 2012, the village received a preliminary engineering study proposal from Dallis Dawson and Associates, which states a study will be done for $5,600. Morenz said he believed for $5,600 the village could actually fix the whole problem instead of spending the money on a study.

However, it was debated whether the water is actually eroding the ground after it comes into the pipe or before and whether the pipe unable to handle the water. Answers to those questions change where the water needs to be diverted or the possible solutions.

Barborak spoke against fixing the problem themselves. She spoke about the possible liability if it is not done correctly and said she is also concerned about the possibility of area children playing around the eroding area and being injured.

But Morenz said when the village had a similar drainage issue on High Street, the county engineer’s office was able to step in with advice on what needed to be done and even provide some materials.

Bing agreed to go speak to someone in the county engineer’s office to see if there is any possible advice available for the project.

In other matters before council:

– Council promoted Brett Grabman, a part-time police officer, to an open full-time position opened up with the resignation of Dan Downard. Graham, who has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State, has been with the department since February. Additionally, he has been serving as a dispatcher and auxiliary part-time officer in Lordstown.

– Council was asked by John Wolf of the Columbiana County Fair Board to again consider letting them close a portion of Saltwell Road during the 2014 county fair.

Despite a few glitches including many people not knowing about the change at first, Wolf said he and Police Chief Mike Abraham both felt it went well this year. Council will consider the action at the next council meeting on Nov. 19.

Wolf said the fair board would like to be able to get approval soon so the closing of Saltwell Road can included in the publications for next year’s fair, which will be July 28-Aug. 3.

– The village will be advertising for a new part-time street department employee after the resignation of Mel Bricker, who reportedly found a new job.