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Wilson hopes for state help with projects

LISBON — New village Mayor Peter Wilson is wasting little time seeking funding for some projects.

Wilson told council at this week’s meeting he has submitted three funding requests to local legislators for inclusion in the upcoming state capital budget. This is the time of year legislators begin receiving requests from constituents on what local government projects they want considered for funding in the state capital budget. This is separate from the overall two-year state budget that began July 1 and usually goes for non-traditional capital improvement projects, such as road, water and sewer.

The three projects he submitted for consideration and the estimated costs are:

— Sidewalks on Dickey Drive, $25,000. Wilson pointed out this project was actually begun by his predecessor, Roger Gallo, and he is trying to follow through.

— Bridge at Willow Grove Park, $200,000 to $300,000, begun by another former mayor, Joseph Morenz.

— Walking trail around the Cedar Street park, $80,000, sought by parks supervisor Dana Blackburn.

The requests were sent to state Rep. Tim Ginter, R-Salem, and state Sen. Mike Rulli, R-Salem.

In other action, Wilson also advised council he asked Council President Dawn Thomas to take the lead in helping create formal job descriptions for village employees, something he announced two weeks ago. While there are general job descriptions in place, he said they need something more specific.

“It’s impossible right now to give job evaluations” because the current job descriptions are too vague, Wilson said.

Wilson also told council he has asked department heads to come up with a “five-year wish list” detailing what each needs in the way of personnel, equipment and capital improvement projects now and into the future so the village can plan ahead.

“To often we’re reacting to problems rather than anticipating them,” he said.

Debbie Richards, one of the key people behind the volunteer efforts to decorate the downtown for Christmas, asked council for permission if they could keep up some of the white lights. Councilman Jerry Cox told her to turn them on and this would give council a chance to see how the lights looks before deciding at its next meeting on Jan. 29.

Council also:

— Promoted dispatcher Angela Milburn from part-time to full-time. Police Chief Mike Abraham said that still leaves him with two part-time positions to fill.

— Agreed to purchase four new stun guns for the police department. The cost is $5,056, with Save A Lot donating $3,000 and Numbers Brewing contributing the rest.

— Accepted the retirement letter of firefighter David B. Crawford, who is stepping down after 34 years.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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