Leetonia council spends rest of CARES funds

LEETONIA – Village Council Wednesday night completed spending coronavirus-related funds.

Council approved three final purchases with its Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act money. The purchases include plastic bacteria-resistant playground equipment to replace the wooden pirate ship at Wick Park for $46,456, a digital sign that will be located in the lot at Columbia Street and the railroad tracks just south of downtown for $44,540 and a LUCAS chest compressor for the EMS department for $16,675.

The village received $117,310 in CARES Act funds. Council had already spent $2,978 for a Zoom subscription, digital remote devices and village flags and approved the purchase of outdoor tables at $4,464 and air purification at $8,550 for a total of $13,014.

The total cost of the purchases exceeded the CARES Act money by $6,352, but the amount will be covered by the EMS Levy fund for the chest compressor.

Council authorized village solicitor Walter Newton to draw up a resolution to provide the county auditor.

In other business, council approved the first reading of a resolution increasing Oakdale Cemetery rates for grave opening by $100 and burials for cremations and infants by $50. Cemetery Clerk Heather Rae Kelm said the increases are needed due to increased costs for the gravedigger.

Council also approved the first reading of a resolution amending the cemetery’s rules and regulations, suspending grave sales in section 1 through 12 due to inconsistent historical records, making it hard to determine where bodies are buried; limiting the time frame for use and number of people allowed in the chapel due to seating capacity and lengthy services requiring personnel on hand; and requiring

review proofs of monuments that will now include accuracy in addition to content.

Additionally, council approved $4,800 for the Oakdale Cemetery chapel windows to be etched by Etchings Unlimited of Cortland. Kelm noted the issue is ongoing and has to be addressed every few years. She said she has already collected $2,600 in donations for the project.

Also at the meeting, council hired Dale Garlough, who currently serves with the fire department, to the EMS department; and Ryan Stovall, former East Liverpool mayor and veteran police officer, as a part-time police officer.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at village hall, followed by a police committee meeting to discuss bringing back the detective position and a water and sewer committee meeting.



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