Late fees back in Leetonia

LEETONIA – Water and sewer customers will be expected to pay their bills on time once again.

Village council has agreed to begin charging late fees for water and sewer billing effective Aug. 1. The late fees had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related job loss from the shutdown of non-essential businesses in the spring.

Council also approved a school resource officer for Leetonia schools at $17.75 per hour, an increase of $1.50 per hour from last year; and hired Dakota Mitchell as a full-time police officer.

Additionally, council approved the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) Waterline Improvement loan for $207,000 that was awarded earlier this year. The no-interest loan will fund three block-long waterline improvements between Walnut and Chestnut streets. The total project cost is $246,489.

Also at the meeting, council recommended Mayor Kevin Siembida send a letter to state politicians encouraging the correction of the error that reduces the Local Government Funds for entities in a county where a separate entity is utilizing traffic cameras. Under the legislation, entities in Columbiana County are harmed by East Liverpool’s use of traffic cameras.

A finance committee meeting is scheduled to follow the Sept. 2 council meeting.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at village hall.


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