Siembida takes helm of Leetonia for second term

Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Katelyn Dickey swears in Leetonia Mayor Kevin Siembida Wednesday night as Siembida’s girlfriend Jennifer Avery holds the Bible. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

LEETONIA–Kevin Siembida Wednesday night was sworn in for his second term as village mayor.

During the swearing in ceremony, Siembida promised to continue to work to make Leetonia competitive with surrounding communities. He said the last few years the community has caught up with those communities and continues to grow.

“We have a good administration and council who care for the village,” he said.

Siembida also noted he has carried the Bible on which he was sworn in during his tours of duty in the military and in his personal life.

“It taught me how to care and love for others, and I’m committed to do the right thing and what is best for our community.”

Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Katelyn Dickey swears in newly re-elected Leetonia councilmen Dave Keeler, left, and JR Ferry Wednesday night. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Katelyn Dickey swore in Siembida as well as re-elected council members JR Ferry and Dave Keeler. Siembida’s sister Crystal Siembida Boggs provided opening remarks and Village Chaplain Jeremy Lindman offered opening and closing prayer.

In other matters, council re-elected Ferry as president and retained the committee appointments from 2019 as follows: Street–Bill Garlough (chair), Neal Bayless and Keeler; Finance–Bayless (chair), Bill Merdich and Keeler; Police– Ferry (chair), Bayless and Jim Pittman; Fire–Bayless (chair), Ferry and Merdich; Water– Garlough (chair), Bayless and Ferry; Insurance– Keeler (chair), Ferry and Bayless; and Zoning–Keeler (chair), Pittman and Ferry. Council also named Bayless and Ferry to the Volunteer Firefighters Dependency Fund.

Additionally council accepted resignations from Christian Gamble from the fire department and Bruce Whitcher from the EMS department; and granted permission for Kaitlin Rhodes to attend EMS training at a cost of $1,500.

Council also authorized Siembida to continue working with the Columbiana County Engineer’s Office to include the village’s streets in large-scale projects. Siembida said he has spoken with the office about the issue and said by partnering with the county the village can avoid the bidding process. He said council will still have to determine whether to partner with the county for projects or not.

Siembida said administrators are meeting with Howells and Baird civil engineers on Friday to discuss village projects and determine more solid costs.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at village hall, followed by a street committee meeting.


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