Leetonia council looks at road needs

LEETONIA- Village Council Wednesday night allocated money for chip and sealing roadways this summer with an eye on possible pavement in the future.

Council approved $45,000 for Superintendent of Utilities Butch Donnalley to use for the chip and seal and overlays. Councilman Kevin Siembida said he felt money would be wiser spent on paving the roads through the county program, which should be in the next year or two, instead of chip and sealing the roads, developing a schedule that could see all the roads paved and alleys chip and sealed within 20 years. The county offers a paving program every five years.

Donnalley initially requested council set a budget for the chip and seal program this summer so that the streets department can identify the roadways to be resurfaced. This year the program will cost $15,000 to $16,000 per mile.

Donnalley noted that Chestnut Street between Butcher Road and village limits is the only stretch of roadway chip and sealed the past three years.

“The roads are really showing it,” he said.

Council asked Donnalley to present a breakdown of his plans at the next meeting.

In other news council approved participation in a spring clean up program in which residents will be able to drop off tires and scrap metal at Village Hall. Tires must be off the rims and no electronics will be accepted. No dates have been set yet.

Council also approved as an emergency the third and final reading of an amendment to its personnel policy establishing retroactive vacation status for part-time employees promoted to full time who have averaged 35 hours or more per week for the prior 10 years.

Also at the meeting council approved participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s cooperative purchasing agreement for rock salt; relocated the Bigfoot festival June 13 and 14 to Main Street in downtown due to electrical issues at Wick Park; granted permission for Police Chief John Soldano to attend the Chiefs’ In Service annual conference April 27-29 for $499; and hired Jennifer Toporcer as a part-time dispatcher for the police department.

Council also agreed to move forward on a program with the Leetonia schools to have students draft letters to help promote the village to prospective businesses or homeowners highlighting the village’s benefits and resources.

Council also discussed purchase of a sewer jet machine after Donnalley reported the current one is not getting the job done and Washingtonville has had to assist during back ups. Donnalley said a new machine costs between $55,000 and $60,000. Council agreed to discuss the issue in more depth at a future committee meeting.

Mayor Artie Altomare read a proclamation for Motorcycle Awareness Month in May.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 16 in Village Hall, preceded by a Parks Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m.