LISBON - Village Council has agreed to make the section of street in front of McKinley Elementary School one-way for one hour in the morning and in the afternoon.
The action that occurred at this week's meeting was taken at the request of the Lisbon school district, which was looking for ways to improve traffic flow in the congested area and address other safety issues associated with parents dropping off and picking up children at the school.
The school district had suggested, among other things, making East Chestnut Street one way on a permanent basis from Harrison Street to Pritchard Avenue. This idea was rejected by council based in part by the overwhelming opposition from residents.
The section of East Chestnut Street in front of McKinley School is already subject to a temporary one-way status during the periods prior to the start of school and when classes let out. Action taken this week by council calls for this policy to remain in place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. during the school year.
In addition, the school district will install a timer-activated blinker light at the intersection of East Chestnut and Harrison streets that can be programmed for specific times. The school board asked council to also help cover the costs.
The new arrangement was passed on first reading, with two more affirmative votes to occur before it can take affect.
Council also acted on the recommendation of Street Superintendent Bill Arkwright and promoted seasonal employee Patty Dailey to full-time status to fill in for street employee Jamie May, who is expected to be off work for an extended period after having back-to-back surgeries for two different medical conditions.
Aside from the superintendent, the street department only has four workers, one of whom was assigned permanently to the cemetery. To make up for the manpower shortfall, council agreed to also promote seasonal worker George Wright to full-time status.
In other action, council:
Agreed to let Police Chief Buck Higgins donate 160 hours of his accumulated sick time to police officer Shar Daub, who has been off for the past several months due to a back injury sustained at home. Daub has exhausted her sick leave, and the village allows employees to donate their sick leave to a co-worker.
Accepted the resignation of Board of Public Affairs member Ken Everett, who has served since the BPA was reconstituted in 2004. Everett said he was resigning for personal reasons. Mayor Mike Lewis thanked him for his service, drawing attention to the key role Everett played in upgrading the water treatment plant to meet new Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards.
Returned $1,400 the county Fair Board had deposited with the village until it completed cutting into the curb on Vista Drive as part of the new Gate C being constructed at the county fairgrounds. The money was returned since the curb cut was made to the satisfaction of Street Superintendent Arkwright.
Acted on the recommendation of Fire Chief Dave Lewton and added Justin Carlisle as a firefighter. Carlisle lives on state Route 164, Lisbon.
Was addressed by Kathy Close, East Spruce Street, who has been asking the village for months to reimburse her for the cost of cleaning up after sewage backed up into her house. Close claims this was the village's fault, not hers. Close said she was seeking $625 but Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak only offered $250, which wasn't even enough to pay her $500 deductible. Barborak said the offer, authorized by council, is no longer on the table since Close is talking about contacting an attorney.