LISBON - Village Council's personnel committee and Mayor Dan Bing were to meet late last week in closed session to interview the four finalists for the vacant police chief position.
Bing reported at last week's council meeting the personnel committee had already reviewed the list of 14 applicants. From those, they chose six to interview, but two have since withdrawn their application.
The list of those being interviewed include three from the village police department - Lt. Fred Carlisle and officers Shar Daub and Mike Abraham. The fourth candidate being interviewed is Mike L. Harty of Wellsville.
Police Chief John "Buck" Higgins announced in September he was retiring Dec. 31 after 32 years with the department. He is off for the rest of the year while collecting unused accumulated vacation time, and Bing named Carlisle as interim chief.
In other business at the recent council meeting, village zoning/building inspector John Yenges reported he inspected two rental homes located on West Washington Street owned by Karen and Gary Morgan. These homes have been targeted for demolition by the village, and Yenges agreed the yellow house is structurally unsound and should be razed.
However, the gray home is structurally sound, and vinyl siding and new windows would be sufficient to have it removed from the demolition list. Yenges said the Morgans indicated they would be willing to make the necessary repairs to get this rental property off the list.
Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak said the Morgans will have to give their permission for the village to raze the yellow house under a state-funded demolition program, and Yenges said he believes they will.
"They should sign. It's to their benefit to do so, but if they pass, we should look at doing so ourselves and then put it on their taxes," Barborak said.
Council reviewed the list of private-property repairs that must be made by the contractor for the West Chestnut Street storm sewer project before the village will release final payment. Barborak said this includes purchasing an easement and reimbursing Ed Day for water in his basement, which will likely be submitted to the village's insurance carrier.
Finally, council gave the Ohio Department of Transportation permission to replace the concrete bridge on state Route 164 (South Lincoln Avenue) that spans the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek. The bridge is located at the south end of town.