Columbiana accepting park board applications

COLUMBIANA – The city needs to fill a seat on the park board and is accepting applications until Feb. 13.

Mayor Bryan Blakeman announced Linda Hart’s resignation during this week’s City Council meeting. Hart has served on the board the last several years and during that time was involved with the development of the walking trail at Firestone Park.

According to her letter to Blakeman and council the resignation is for “personal” and “professional” reasons, although those were not specified.

The resignation is effective Jan. 27 and City Manager Lance Willard said he would like a new board member appointed at the next council meeting.

Resumes should be sent to Willard at City Hall, located at 28 W. Friend St. The chosen applicant will fill the remainder of Hart’s term which expires in December 2016.

The board consists of six members who serve five years each.

Two members are appointed by the board of education, two by council and two by the city manager.

Hart’s seat is a council appointment.

In other matters, council approved the appointment of Alex Pryor and Corey Vernaccini to the auxiliary police force.

Police Chief Tim Gladis said both are future prospects for part-time officer positions, and potentially full-time later on down the road.

Pryor lives in Rogers while Vernaccini is a Columbiana resident. They will be supervised by Officer Kevin Kloss, who also heads up the department’s Explorer post.

Council also approved giving first readings to legislation amending section 5.2 of the city’s policies and procedures manual to line up the vacation schedule for non-union employees, amending section one of the ordinance establishing rates of pay for part-time pool employees and amending section one of the ordinance establishing the wage schedule for certain full-time and part-time employees. The amendment reflects the change in minimum wage pay.

Council passed motions appointing Councilman Dan Bekar to the fence committee for Firestone Park and approving requests from Crystal Siembida-Boggs for the Hilloween Half Marathon at 8 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Columbiana High School and Rob Schwartz for the annual Wine Festival to be held on June 28 at the American Legion.

Boggs said the route will remain the same as last year’s inaugural marathon, and a two-person relay has been added to the event.

She then presented the police department with a check for $200 for its auxiliary force.

The money was raised through last year’s race and given to the department for their help with ensuring participants were safe.