On the record – Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Monday

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

Council:

• Approved creating a part-time water / wastewater superintendent position at $25 per hour at no more than 29 hours per week with no benefits;

• Approved keeping distribution of monies generated from speed cameras at 50 percent to general fund, 20 percent police, 25 percent streets / sidewalks and 5 percent recreation;

• Heard from Ryser of plans to continue looking to develop the Ohio Leatherworks property for a Girard bike trailhead to be a hub and connect to the bike trail in Niles. He said plans should be prepared by fall;

• Postponed a motion to purchase a $54,873 street sealant / melter unit and will instead rent one. Safety / Service Director Jerry Lambert said renting will be $4,000 to $5,000;

• Heard from Melfi officials and police have addressed a nuisance property in the 100 block of East Liberty Street after residents in the area have complained to council about violations and problems with the tenants, including one who threatened to throw a garbage can through someone’s house window;

• Heard from Martuccio city officials are looking at ways to bring more people into town to shop at their businesses. Officials are looking for volunteers to organize and implement events that they hope will bring more people into the city. A merchant “meet and greet” to discuss ideas is set 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Black Horse Tavern.

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