Lisbon Chamber commits to downtown revitalization

LISBON — The Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce has committed to renewing a joint contract related to the downtown revitalization plan.

The chamber notified the village in a letter that its executive board made the decision to do a 50/50 partnership with Lisbon for the 2019 contracts with Town Center Associates (TCA) and Environmental Planning and Design (EP&D).

As a result, the chamber and the village will split the $7,500 cost of the limited service contract with TCA and the $4,695 with EP&D for work to be done with the village’s zoning amendments, codes and enforcement guidelines.

“The chamber would like to say that it is imperative, for the sake of this village and its future that we move in a continuous forward motion especially with the Vacant Building Ordinance and the Building Maintenance Code in accordance with accomplishing these goals,” Chamber President Susan Shank said in the letter.

She also said in the letter that it is the opinion of the chamber board that the village “gained very little ground in the last two initiatives” and that the board hopes the new mix of consultants will prove to be successful.

Town Center Associates is the consulting firm that helped craft and plan the revitalization plan two years ago, and it has offered to continue helping Lisbon implement the plan at the reduced cost of $7,500.

In early January it was proposed that a side agreement be introduced to contract with EP&D to revise the zoning code and incorporate changes made as part of that revitalization plan.

Council wanted to hold off on a vote until the chamber made a decision on whether it would commit to splitting half of the cost.

With the chamber’s notification, council voted during this past week’s regular meeting to move forward with the contracts, with each given one year.

Councilman Peter Wilson recommended that the contracts be amended to include language stating that a preliminary draft must be presented within six months.

Wilson’s motion was approved.

On a somewhat related matter, Council President Dawn Thomas announced that building maintenance letters have been sent and criminal charges will begin being filed through county Municipal Court next week.

Wilson also announced that two nuisance properties are in the process of being taken care of. He said the home on South Beaver Street was torn down by the county land bank, and that the company that owns 518 E. Chestnut St. is agreeing to deed over that home to the land bank as well.

The land bank will have to accept the home before anything can be done, he added.

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