Lisbon mayor urges conservation easement on park | Information, Sports activities, Jobs
LISBON –In 2018, when Mayor Peter Wilson was a councilman, he proposed searching for a conservation easement for Willow Grove Park as a strategy to protect the park and different property alongside the Little Beaver Creek from improvement whereas additionally producing some one-time revenue for the village.
Now as mayor, Wilson is recommending council rethink his proposal, and he invited Brett Rodstrom from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) to talk on the difficulty at this week’s council assembly.
The WRLC would acquire everlasting conservation easements on behalf of the village that may protect the park land in its present situation. The property proprietor is allowed to find out how the land can be utilized, inside sure restrictions, however these phrases can’t be altered as soon as the easement is in place.
The WRLC would pay the village primarily based on an appraisal, and the going fee is $1,000 to $2,000 an acre. The village owns about 60 acres on either side of the creek, and for its efforts the WRLC would cost the village 10 % of what it’s paid or $10,000 , whichever is larger.
Conservation easements are obtained from the state, and Rodstrom mentioned there’s state funding accessible to assist pay for the easement. He mentioned the WRLC lately paid the Boys Scouts $225,000 for a conservation easement on 180 acres on the Camp McKinley Boy Scout camp positioned simply upstream of Willow Grove Park.
Ought to council give its approval, Wilson proposes utilizing the cash to assist pay for main repairs on the group swimming pool, which he estimate would price $100,000.The pool was closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t suppose it’s an choice to maintain the pool closed in opposition to subsequent 12 months,” he mentioned.
In different motion, council:
–Authorized searching for a $550,000 mortgage from the Ohio Water Improvement Authority to buy digital water meters for the village’s 1,300 prospects. Officers mentioned this might allow the workers to find out water utilization from the workplace as a substitute of getting to ship meter readers door-to-door. Workplace workers would additionally be capable of decide nearly instantly from utilization when a waterline break happens.
–Agreed to contemplate adopting an worker time card coverage first proposed in 2017 when a time clock was put in in village corridor. A coverage was drafted however by no means accredited, and officers recommended discussing the difficulty additional with division heads. “I feel it’s time we moved on this after three years,” Wilson mentioned.
–Handed on third and ultimate studying laws elevating cemetery charges.
–Employed Lee Sayers as a cemetery worker, changing a employee who lately retired.
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