Leetonia council gives final approval to new zoning code

LEETONIA–The village finally has a new zoning code.

Council Wednesday night approved the third and final reading of a resolution replacing the current code with the new one, which will take effect in 30 days.

Zoning Inspector Bill Pitts had been working on the new code for approximately two years in an attempt to update and clarify the rules and regulations. The Planning Commission met three times to review it before sending it to council in September, but council sent it back to the commission due to issues regarding signage rules.

The code is available for reading on the village website, www.leetonia.org.

In other business council approved the first reading of a resolution updating its income tax ordinance effective Jan. 1 to remain compliant with new federal guidelines approved in House Bill 49.

Council also granted permission to Village Administrator Gary Phillips to carry over two weeks vacation to next year due to his workload related to multiple projects. Councilman JR Ferry cast the only dissenting vote.

Additionally council named councilmen-elect Neal Bayless and Jim Pittman to the Volunteer Firefighters Dependents Fund Board.

Also at the meeting, Phillips reported leaf pick up with the vac machine will continue as long as weather permits. The street department will continue to pick up bagged leaves once the vac machine is shut down, he said.

At the beginning of the meeting, council held a moment of silence for former village employee Clarence McFarland who died in a house fire over the weekend. McFarland had spent 35 years with the village until his retirement in 2009.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at village hall, preceded by a Fire Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m.