COLUMBIANA Council acts to ban annexation of Beaver Township land for a year
Council also appointedmembers of the city's firstcivil service commission.
By NANCY TULLIS
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
COLUMBIANA -- Council took the first step toward a one-year ban on major annexation of Beaver Township land into the city.
Council gave first reading Tuesday to an ordinance that would prohibit major annexation from Beaver Township until May 8, 2002. Council will consider final approval of the moratorium June 5.
In agreement: Mayor Lowell Schloneger said the moratorium is part of an agreement with Beaver Township Trustees, who said if council agreed to the ban, they would not fight annexation of 32.6 acres north of state Route 14 where a doctors' medical complex is planned.
Mahoning County commissioners have taken the medical complex annexation request under advisement. They have 90 days to rule on the request.
Councilman Don Leonard opposed the ban and asked to exclude a request from developers of a 395-unit condominium development seeking to annex 180 acres of Beaver Township west of Pine Lake.
Council denied his request to amend the ordinance to that effect.
Worried: When lawyers for local condo developers, Evergreen Land Development Ltd., approached council in February, council members said they worried considering the request would damage the village's relationship with Beaver Township.
Schloneger and some council members echoed those same concerns Tuesday. He said Evergreen Land Development is interested in the annexation, but city officials have not been negotiating with them.
"They have a lot of work to do before we could even consider it," Schloneger said. "The land is not contiguous to the city."
City Manager Keith Chamberlin noted it would not be wise to annex the land as it now plotted before city safety forces are equipped to handle it. He said the department does not have enough staff to patrol the area. If the land was annexed as is, he said, police would leave city limits, driving along state Route 7 to reach the annexed area.
Civil service: In other business, council appointed the three-member civil service commission, which police chief John Krawchyk said will soon administer a civil service test to Patrolman Mark Edwards.
Edwards had been a part-time officer for nearly three years, and he began full-time duties April 22 under a six-month probation. Hired in anticipation of the village's achieving city status and enacting civil service regulations, Krawchyk said Edwards already has passed a polygraph test and other requirements.
Four residents applied to serve on the commission. The three members, Robert Rubicky, Richard Noel and Joe Fittante, will serve six-, four- and two-year terms, respectively.
Council cast separate ballots for each of the terms. A candidate had to receive four of six votes to be appointed.
Rubicky and Noel received votes from council members Leonard, Paula Miner, Leonard Pritchard, Matt Weikart, and Robert Hum. On both ballots, Councilwoman Joyce Allcorn voted for Alex Snyder Jr.
Joe Fittante received votes from Leonard, Miner, Pritchard and Hum, with Weikart voting for Rubicky and Allcorn for Snyder.