Leetonia council OKs hiring firm to sweep village streets

LEETONIA — Council approved a resolution to hire Everbrite Power Sweeping and Paving of Youngstown to sweep the streets this year.

Village Administrator Gary Phillips said the company quoted $3,000 this year, an increase from $2,800 last year due to fuel prices going up.

Phillips said the company usually sweeps the streets with curbs one time but if it needs to make a second pass, it will do for the same price.

Council approved the measure with a 6-0 unanimous vote.

In other business, Phillips advised council that he set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4-5 as the tentative time for the village cleanup.

The cleanup is done with the assistance of the CCH Environmental Group which provides a 40-yard roll-off garbage container that allows people to “throw away things they don’t need like mattresses,” he said.

He said small truck and passenger car tires can also be discarded for $1 each.

“We always need a second roll-off and it costs $400,” he said, adding he wanted to get the word out now.

Council passed the motion unanimously for the cleanup while allowing for the cost of a second roll-off container and Mayor Kevin Siembida asked for volunteers to man the drop-off site.

Also, Coke Oven Commissioner, Councilman Bill Merdich said an educational program aimed at discussing the environmental aspects of the coke ovens has been set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10.

“We’re still putting the program together,” Merdich said, noting that about seven speakers will make presentations.

“This is something new,” he said, “we want to bring the coke ovens into the environmental discussion … and develop an educational program.

“We’re still in the process of developing the park, native species plants and wetlands.”

He expects some speakers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources who will be from different backgrounds and link the historical and industrial past of the coke ovens to the present.

“We’re just scratching the surface,” he said, “we’re excited about it.”

In other business, council approved a resolution to send firefighters, at a cost of $40 each, to the county fire school in April.

In other action, Siembida thanked residents who contributed money for flowers. The goal was to raise $1,500 and they exceeded that amount by collecting $1,770. “I want to thank everyone,” he said.

He also reminded council of the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Old Towne Country Grill at 314 Walnut St. at 1 p.m. Saturday.