WASHINGTONVILLE – Council approved hiring Boyd L. Boehm for the street department during Monday’s meeting.
He will be placed on 90 day probation and will be used to help fill in and is not to exceed 24 hours per pay period.
Mayor Will Jones said he has a Class B commercial drivers license which will be useful if the village buys a dump truck.
He said the street department needs the help in the winter with plowing snow.
“I think we should do that and add a third person,” Jones said and Council President Ramona Custer agreed.
“We need an extra person,” she said.
Jones said, “We’re not going to spend more money and it will give us an extra body.”
Council approved hiring Boehm with a 4-0 vote with Councilmembers Devon Davis and Herman Frank II absent.
Council also approved hiring John Pangio of Youngstown as a reserve police officer under a six-month probation and OK’d ordering four badges and four sets of collar pins for the department.
In other business, Councilman Al Vignon asked if a stop sign can be placed on Boston Street near the exit of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail.
He said motorists “almost have to come to a stop” any way and Jones said there is no crossover.
“It’s the people’s responsibility on the bike trail,” he said, adding, “maybe we can put a caution sign on the trail” to alert them.
Fiscal Officer Dale Davis suggested speaking with the Columbiana County Park District about it first since it owns the right-of-way.
“And point out the safety issue,” he said, noting that “cars fly around that corner … talk to the park district because they have the right-of-way.”
Custer said she would contact them.
In other business Street Supervisor Ed Garret said everything seems OK and asked for a hedge trimmer extension for the Ryobi power tool they already have.
He wanted it to trim the park and a couple of alleys and one area in particular where a handicapped person lives.
Jones said that would be OK if Garrett gets written permission from the resident first.
Jones also commended the department for the “good job” in fixing the sink hole.
“You saved us a lot of money,” Jones said.
Vignon said the village received 174 tons of slag for the chip and seal program and inspected the streets on Monday with R.T. Vernal Paving to see what streets will have to be ground down.
He said the grader cost is $125 a day and the Bobcat with the grinder is $180 per day but did not think it would be used an entire day.
Also, the village passed its 2015 budget and Davis said is “everything is pretty much the same as it was. The budget is $827,000.
Also, council went into executive session noting that no action would be taken afterward.