Columbiana looking to Strickland, Logan for help

LISBON — Columbiana County officials hope to get help from Sean Logan and Gov. Ted Strickland to secure additional funding for a county renovation project.

Robert Durbin of the county engineer’s office asked the commissioners at their meeting today to approve a routine extension of a deadline to spend $29,000 in Ohio Department of Natural Resources grants the county received in 2004. The county also had received another grant for $578,961. The grants would be used to renovate Lisbon’s former train station.

The total cost of the project is $773,000. Durbin said county Engineer Bert Dawson wants to take bids for the work in May even though the project is still short of money.

That’s when everyone thought of Logan, the former commissioner who is now ODNR director, and the possibility he may be able to obtain more funding for the project.

Gov. Ted Strickland, who formerly was Ohio’s congressman for the 6th District based in Lisbon, selected Logan as ODNR director.

Durbin said someone from Dawson’s office would get in touch with Logan. Officials also recalled that Strickland pledged that he would not forget this area.

Durbin said, “The plans and specifications are complete.”

The building on South Market Street is the former Pittsburgh, Marian and Chicago Railroad depot built in the late 1800s. It became the Pittsburgh, Lisbon and Western Railroad depot in the 1890s and went out of use in the mid-1940s, Durbin said.

Dawson plans to add restrooms to the station as well as picnic benches and tourism information. The county also had received an additional $110,490 in grants to add parking at the station.

A plan to put offices in the second floor was scrapped since that would have required installation of an elevator. The station also has some stained-glass windows that need to be repaired. The county may turn to a local man who has made or repaired windows for the Jacob Picking building to handle that job.

Renee Lewis and her sister, Stevie Halverstadt of Lisbon, are restoring the building west of the courthouse. The building is the oldest brick building in Ohio. Mark Janowiak of Full Spectrum Painting in Salem has repaired and rebuilt the windows in the Picking building.

The commissioners also learned that as part of the development of the Greenway bicycle trail, the engineer’s office had gathered stones and used them to make a wall and pave a parking area near Eagleton Road near the Teegarden Covered Bridge in Salem Township. It’s about halfway on the trail from Lisbon to Leetonia.

Durbin said someone had taken some of the stones. He said they were replaced and lighting had been added to the parking area.

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