On the record – Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Monday

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

Council:

• Heard from Ryser of getting the former guard house and dilapidated fencing at the Ohio Leatherworks property off U.S. Route 422 removed. Action by council is set for May 29. Ryser said the city would like to have a bike trail at Tod Park and through the Ohio Leatherworks properties to link to the main Trumbull County MetroParks bike trail;

• Discussed the need to fix the leaning retaining wall at the southern end of the cemetery estimated at $80,000.

• Approved hiring up to six temporary seasonal workers each working up to 29 hours per week through September and establishing two part-time positions up to 29 hours per week for various service and recreational departments in the city;

• Heard from Mayor James Melfi that artist Jack Carlton will create five additional murals in the downtown area, including at the Wellman Theater front window. He has done murals in past years;

• Approved entering into a professional services contract for repairs for the water storage tank off Shannon Road. Ragozine said after that tank work is completed, plans will be for the Sampson Road tank;

• Approved advertising for bids for East Drive waterline replacement project in Liberty, which is in cooperation with county commissioners;

• Approved an amendment to a nuisance ordinance that residents will be cited for old inoperable equipment being left on the road and driveways;

• Heard from Auditor Sam Zirafi all funds ended in the positive in April with funds available to pay for the maintenance of the water tank;

• Heard from Safety-Service Director Jerry Lambert the Liberty Street improvement project begins Friday and should be completed by mid-July;

• Announced dedication of a boat dock under Girard-McDonald viaduct is set June 9. Melfi said during the winter, the boat dock flooded twice;

• Announced the zoning committee will meet 11 a.m. Saturday at Daily Grind to discuss varous properties.

— Bob Coupland

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