Lisbon Council moves ahead on yard litter rules

LISBON — Legislation to expand the definition of yard litter was passed on first reading at last week’s Village Council meeting.

The changes as drafted by village Solicitor Megan Bickerton mirror state law. Mayor Joseph Morenz and Councilman Peter Wilson recommended toughening the village’s noxious weeds and litter ordinance.

The legislation must be passed two more times by council before it takes effect.

Bickerton and police Chief Mike Abraham are continuing to work on a new law to address the problem of residents using their property for “stripping” — the practice of stripping wiring, old appliances, vehicles parts and such of its salvageable parts and materials, which is also a growing problem in town.

In related news, Wilson again requested status reports on the four letters sent to property owners with fire code violations and the 25 business property owners sent “friendly” warning letters advising them of building code violations. Mayor Joseph Morenz said they have yet to reach the timetable where the village can take punitive action against the property owners.

“I’ll be asking again in two weeks. This has to be enforced,” he said.

In other business, Councilman Jerry Cox reported finding a company in North Jackson that provides street cleaning services to communities at a cost of $125 per hour, and the company — Everbrite Power Sweeping — says it would clean Lisbon’s streets in two days for $2,000. Morenz said it cost at least that much to operate the village street cleaning machine, which is frequently broken.

Cox and the street committee will meet to discuss the idea further. He recommended they clean the streets twice a year — once in the spring and again before the JAF, which is held in mid-September.

In other action, council:

— Granted the Johnny Appleseed committee permission to move the JAF car show to the east and west sides of North Park Avenue in the town square –the area from Huntington National Bank to just beyond Geronimo Hardware. The car show was held in the Presbyterian Church parking lot, but officials believe this is a better location. There are 50 parking spots available on North Park Avenue.

— Accepted the resignation of meter reader Julie Johnson and agreed to seek applications to replace her. Johnson left to take a job at the Methodist Church.

— Agreed to pay Heim Metal $7,400 to replace the gutter guard at the swimming pool.



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