Internet-based document will be utilized as village projects tool

LEETONIA — Council members will have a more accurate view of village projects thanks to an internet-based document introduced prior to their meeting this past week.

Mayor Kevin Siembida, who initially attempted to present a projects update the first meeting of each month last year, said the update will now be available to council members at any time through an internet-based, working document that department heads can adjust as needed. The lists will be discussed on a quarterly or semi-annual basis, he said.

According to Siembida, Village Administrator Gary Phillips has had a projects list for a number of years.

That list has been converted the list to a Cloud-based format accessible through the internet. Department heads will add their projects to their department’s list in a prioritized manner, with cost, quantities and miscellaneous notes included. Projects highlighted in yellow indicate those that are currently being addressed.

There will also no longer be a need to print out hundreds of sheets of paper for the project lists, he said.

“This will make it easier to understand the projects and the funding plan in place to fix these things,” Siembida said. He also noted it will help the village meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates regarding asset management plans.

As an example, Siembida explained the water department list. None of the projects are currently under way and the top priority is the replacement of hydrants.

Each hydrant is specified, with an individual unit cost of $6,000 and total project cost of $25,000.

The list also includes man hole replacements recorded in the same manner as well as equipment replacements.

Councilman Neal Bayless, who assisted with the conversion, said the projects list will help council stay on top of maintenance projects such as hydrant replacement.

“We should be able to avoid dropping $100,000 at a time (for emergencies),” he said.