Lewisburg Council discusses reports, ordinances


By Kelsey Kimbler - kkimbler@registerherald.com



LEWISBURG — In 2016, the Village of Lewisburg passed a resolution creating the Lewisburg Bicentennial Board. Part of that resolution stated a final summary and report would be submitted within 60 days of the end of the bicentennial year.

During the Lewisburg Village Council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, Municipal Manager Jeff Sewert informed council he will be meeting with the board for that report and afterward the Bicentennial Board will be disbanded.

Village council is concerned over newspapers being thrown and discarded at abandoned properties. Village Solicitor Richard Faber provided information directly from the village ordinances.

According to Faber, newspapers are counted as an exception from the litter laws, as long as it is delivered in the proper manner.

According to this ordinance, newspapers are not to be thrown from motor vehicles, bicycles, or any other moving tracked vehicle. Newspapers are also not to be thrown, dropped, or discarded, placed, or deposited in, on, or upon certain areas of the village, including public right of ways, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, on land owned by the village, or anywhere on private property after an owner has given the newspaper publisher written notice not to deliver newspapers to his property.

Council member Lori Pheanis reiterated her worry is newspapers piling up on vacant lots. Several solutions were suggested, including Chief Rick McGee following up with the newspaper, the refuse truck picking up abandoned newspapers, and contacting the homeowner to contact the newspaper.

Council performed the third reading for an ordinance increasing and/or specifying various salaries and/or wages of certain employees and official of the Village of Lewisburg. Solicitor Faber explained, this ordinance is to create a sixth income step for the service department supervisor for future use. This ordinance does not put anybody into that step, but creates it for future use.

When council seeks an employee for that step, they will have bring the issue in front of council and make a motion. Municipal Manager Sewert added, he would want that person to have a Class II certification.

Council adopted the ordinance 4-2 with one abstention. Council members Mark Madigan and Lori Pheanis voted against the motion, with council member Belinda Harry abstaining.

The village is working on replacing its refuse truck. Municipal Manager Sewert is scheduling times to look at different trucks and will be seeking quotes under government contracts.

The Lewisburg Village Council meets every first and third Thursday of the month in the Fire Station at 7 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.

By Kelsey Kimbler

kkimbler@registerherald.com

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH