Leetonia council wants Mayor’s Court money

LEETONIA– Village council Wednesday night approved action that will move money from the Mayor’s Court back to the general fund.

Council authorized Village Solicitor Walter Newton to seek approval from the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to transfer the $25,500.04 from the Mayor’s Court Computer Fund to the general fund. Newton said there must be a court order to allow the transfer of money from a specific fund back into the general fund.

There is no longer a Mayor’s Court in the village, so the funds are no longer necessary and not being utilized, Newton said. Mayor Kevin Siembida and Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar instructed Newton to seek the court order so that the funds are being put to good use as soon as possible.

In other business, council approved the establishment of a program through PMA USA that will allow village employees to select their own health care plans as well as a variety of individual benefits.

Also at the meeting, Siembida reminded residents the village will be picking up leaves the week of April 22 to 26. Since the Leaf Vac will be used, residents are advised to not mix brush with the leaves as it will clog the machine up.

Brush and stick pickup will be conducted May 6 through 17. Residents are advised to make sure branches are not over 6 feet long. Also, that they are not placed on the road or sidewalks; they must be placed on the curb lawn.

Annual Spring Cleanup is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 and 11 behind village hall for village residents only. Tires must be off the rim and there is a charge of $1 per tire. No televisions, refrigerators or air conditioners will be accepted.

Additionally, Councilman Bill Merdich, president of the Coke Oven Commission, reminded community members the commission is sponsoring the educational program “From the Carboniferous Period to the Anthropocene” from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. May 9 at the Leetonia Community Public Library. He said registrations are still available at the water office at village hall, 300 E. Main St., and are due by April 25.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 1 at village hall, preceded by a fire committee meeting at 6:30 p.m.

khowell@salemnews.net

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