On the record – Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Reynald Paolone, Mark Ragozine, Mark Standohar, William Ryser, Lily Martuccio, John Moliterno and Mayor James Melfi

ABSENT: Thomas Grumley

Council:

• Scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Friday to interview three candidates for the vacant 3rd Ward council seat. Applicants are Jeff Kay, Joe Patrone and Fran Wilson. Paolone said officials plan to make a decision after interviews. The person selected will fill the remaining two years of Keith Schubert’s term;

•l Heard from Melfi of plans to update and repair the more than 70-year-old city building gymnasium. Melfi said the gym is used for basketball, volleyball, community events and rented for parties. Plans are to make the gym energy efficient;

• Heard from Donald Lipley of American Legion Post 235, which plans to add a handicapped-accessible ramp to the front of the post by summer;

• Gave first reading to naming a section of the Girard-McDonald viaduct in memory of police officer Justin Leo, who killed in the line of duty in October;

• Will meet to discuss acquiring railroad land and the Ohio Leatherworks property for a bike trail in the city to connect to the Greenway Bike Trail;

• Heard from Melfi a no parking sign has been posted on a section of Morris Avenue to help prevent traffic backup at the corner of U.S. Route 422;

• Announced the former Belleria Pizza building on North State Street will be demolished.

— Bob Coupland

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