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LISBON — The village is seeking grant funding to help finance the remainder of the South Market Street bridge replacement.

During last week’s council meeting it was announced that the village is hoping to obtain $245,000 through the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement fund.

Mayor Peter Wilson said the village should know by January if the funding is approved.

The village was awarded $1.46 million for the bridge project in 2020 from the Ohio Department of Transportation, with the village responsible for a $404,000 local match.

The bridge spans the Middle Fork of Little Beaver Creek and is the main access route to and from town for people living immediately on the other side in Center Township.

Wilson said that the grant, if approved, would pay for the necessary engineering and environmental studies.

In other business, council approved an emergency ordinance to rezone the property at 356 E. Lincoln Way to B-3 (business) from R-2 (residential). Wilson said the property formerly housed a doctor’s office but will now house a yoga studio and a T-shirt stamping/trophy shop, which would be considered light manufacturing and commercial business. The village held the required public hearings before council voted on the matter. The request also went before the village’s zoning board.

“We will get two new businesses. It’s good for the village,” Wilson said.

Council also approved:

— A contract with Tony Ensell to reroof the pavilion at Cedar Street park for $4,500.

— Donating the required police cruiser to the Racine, Ohio police department.

— A letter of resignation from part-time dispatcher Taylor Mellington.

— The purchase of a new radar system for a police department cruiser at a cost of $1,764.

— The expenditure of up to $3,000 to repair the culvert/pipe at the corner of West High Street and Thomas Road.

The next meeting was set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

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