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Counsel will have county’s back in pipeline company’s bankruptcy

LISBON — With a pipeline company filing for bankruptcy while owing more than a quarter of a million to the county in back taxes, county commissioners have voted to hire Anthony J. DeGirolamo, an attorney from Canton, to represent the county’s interest.

DeGirolamo’s fee is $350 per hour with $190 per hour for Amber Weaver, another person working with him. Additional fees in the contract include research, mileage and clerical overtime.

Commissioner Mike Halleck said the contract allows the board to look at what is being spent from month to month and make a change if the legal services are becoming costly. Halleck previously said he has concerns about the matter costing the commissioners more than they will gain from it.

Cobra Pipeline LLC, based out of Willoughby, reportedly owes $262,980 to the county involving a pipeline and reservoir in northwestern Columbiana County. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late September.

In other matters at last week’s meeting:

— The board approved a proclamation recognizing the Joe Williams Post 121 of the American Legion in Leetonia, which is celebrating 100 years this month. In 1919, the post was named after Joe Williams, the first man from Leetonia killed in France during World War I in 1918. He was originally buried in France, but then returned in 1921 to be buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Leetonia.

— Commissioners approved several contracts for the county Department of Jobs and Family Services, including an 18-month janitorial contract beginning Nov. 1 with Arabe Maintenance for up to $46,920. Additionally, the board approved increasing the contract with ShineOn LLC Cleaning Service for Homemaker/Chore Services for Senior Services clients by an additional $15,000 for the year for a 2019 total of $87,000. Finally, a $10,000 contract increase was approved for Extreme Loving and Helping Hands to provide the additional services for Senior Services clients.

— Commissioners gave permission for Derrick Weaver to hunt on County Home Road property.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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