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Upgrades to East Palestine pool nearly finished as season nears

EAST PALESTINE — Upgrades at the village pool are nearly finished and staff are eager to open this season.

Painting inside the pool is complete, lifeguard training is scheduled and handbooks regarding health guidelines have been drafted.

The pool is halfway full. The cost of pool chemicals is projected to increase by six percent per gallon this year.

Interviews for police patrolmen were conducted April 30. Both candidates were offered employment dependent on test scores.

Village Manager Mark McTrustry wanted to commend the local police department in their success addressing some serious crime issues in the community.

“The hard work, dedication and teamwork really are doing good things for East Palestine and surrounding areas,” McTrustry said.

In other business, councilman J. Douglas Simpson asked for a meeting regarding the extension of a water line, requested by Darlington, be canceled.

The project was suspected to not be feasible with a predicted cost of $15 million.

In other matters, Village Law Director David Powers addressed the Charter Review Commision’s ordinance regarding council members attendance and dismissal of council members.

Powers explained that council members already have policies to address attendance and dismissal.

“The charter is supposed to be an outline of how government works, it’s not supposed to get into the nitty gritty,” said Powers.

Council members agreed that there wasn’t a need to complicate the rules.

Councilman Alan Cohen suggested a compromise that instead creates a definition clarifying habitual absences.

In other reports, Cohen advised that there will be a park board meeting on May 19, at the gazebo regarding a dedication ceremony for former councilmember and longtime resident Don Smith.

Smiths’ obituary describes him as an integral part of the community who served as an instructor at the high school, was involved in several civic organizations and actively contributed to the village park.

Cohen said the village is working on a dedication of events to Don Smith.

The family will have a celebration of life at the high school auditorium on July 3, Cohen said the village is now trying to have a dedication ceremony for the gazebo during the July 4th weekend.

When speaking about city construction McTrustry said the EQ basin project is moving forward.

Crews are actively working to install the duct-work in the garage, the trough area for treating discharge is under progress as work continues on manholes, pipework and grading the area.

Building and Zoning Inspector C.H. McCutcheon received a letter from the local post office asking for a ramp from the street curb to the sidewalk for handicap accessibility.

Wheelchair bound residents are obligated to walk down the street to enter the ramp, creating a longer trek.

The city is required to provide the ramp in order to align with ADA compliance.

“I will deal with the street department and we will make that happen” said McTrustry.

McCutcheon also noted that there have been multiple complaints about drainage from the awning coming off the municipal building.

The drainage creates a nuisance in the warm season and a fall hazard when it freezes.

dgarner@mojonews.com

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