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Kids in Lisbon will get their treats

LISBON — Village council is not waiting for Gov. Mike DeWine to decide whether there should be a Halloween this year.

Council voted at Tuesday’s meeting that barring any order to the contrary from DeWine, Halloween will held in the village from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Council president Dawn Thomas brought up the issue, and everyone else emphatically agreed the holiday should go forward as usual in the midst of the coronavirus, provided the governor does not cancel the event should the pandemic worsen.

“My vote is let’s have it. People are going to be out (trick-or-treating) anyway,” she said.

Council then voted unanimously in favor. Although they did not vote on it, council also felt strongly the Christmas parade should also go forward as well.

In other action, council gave Mayor Peter Wilson verbal permission to seek a $70,000 Ohio Department of Transportation grant to resurface Pritchard Avenue from Chestnut Street to Race Road with asphalt.

Pritchard Avenue was resurfaced this summer under the county engineer’s chip/seal program, with the village paying for the material and the county doing the work. The street was not ground down beforehand, so all of the humps and dips remained in place.

With the help of the county, Wilson found a state grant to cover the cost of grinding out the humps and dips and then resurfacing it with asphalt for an estimated $70,000. He said the state would look more favorably on the grant application if the village contributed some funding to the project.

Thomas opposed doing this because of their other financial commitments. Council member Jerry Cox agreed, saying they should be focusing on coming up with the money for the South Market Street bridge project.

To bring the bridge up to standards will cost $1.87 million. ODOT is expected to provide all but $413,000, with the village required to come up with that as its share.

Wilson was told to go ahead and apply for the grant, but it would have to be for the entire amount.

Council heard from East Lincoln Way resident Tom Viets, who complained about the noise coming from the barbecue food truck that has set up across the street in the Smith Oil parking lot. He said the truck’s generator is quite loud.

During the pandemic, the village has become a weekly home for a number of food trucks. Viets said he is not against someone trying to make a living but he wondered if a better location could be found.

Dale Hood asked about the continuing noise the uneven manhole covers on East Lincoln Way make when struck by passing vehicles. Cox said ODOT was supposed to have taken care of the problem when it resurfaced the street in 2019, but the risers they installed did not solve the problem. He will contact ODOT to get the problem addressed.

On the recommendation of fire Chief Mark Hall, Adam McCullough was promoted to second lieutenant. Hall reported Doug Rohm had been promoted to captain to replace Hall when he was named the new chief in August.

Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner reported six properties will have a combined $4,000 added to its real estate taxes. This is how much the village incurred in mowing the vacant and abandoned properties this year. Five of the six properties were repeat offenders from past years.

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