The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 11, 2014

Geneva only has enough salt for three or four snow events

By DEVASTASHA BEAVER
Star Beacon

GENEVA — The city of Geneva has received its final contracted allotment of salt, and will be only salting hills, bends and intersections in hopes of making it through the rest of the winter.

At Monday's city council meeting, Streets Superintendent Tim Bittner said the 100 tons of salt that remain probably will only last through three or four more snow events. Bittner said he contacted several companies to try to purchase more salt, but he was unable to because production is not keeping up with demand.

"I thought they would gouge the price of salt because demand is so high, so I asked, 'What would it take?' but they didn't. They just won't sell it at all," he said.

Bittner also put out a request for proposals from providers of yard waste disposal to get quotes on yard waste removal and composting. The need for yard waste disposal arose because Geneva Recycling Center can no longer accept it due to EPA regulations. Proposals must be received by 11 a.m. March 21 at the City Hall.

The proposals can address either household pickup and disposal of yard waste from city residences, or yard waste drop off by residents of the City of Geneva, Geneva Township, and Geneva-on-the-Lake, or both.

Also during the meeting, City Manager James Pearson said he and Assistant City Manager Jennifer Brown met with the owner and manager of True Value, who expressed concerns about parking during the Feb. 24 meeting. The manger was concerned that if the side lot of True Value was leased to Luisa's Restaurant, then they would lose customers who rely on the lot for parking.

Pearson said that it is possible they could create three new parking spaces if the lot is leased to Luisa's for outdoor dining. Council then agreed to have a draft lease drawn up for consideration.

In other business, council did a first reading of a measure regulating the siting of wireless telecommunications facilities, and it declared an emergency to pass resolution measure authorizing the city manager to apply for a water pollution control loan fund. The agreement for the construction of wastewater facilities known as the Wastewater Collection System Study.