POMEROY — Emergency ordinances were approved on Monday night to ensure immediate safety and welfare of village residents.
Code Enforcement Officer Alan Miles presented an ordinance for Adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code, which is a regulation for the conditions residents keep their property, buildings, and structures in to provide a safe, sanitary, and livable environment. If the structure is deemed unfit by authorities, the building will be condemned and then later demolished.
Furthermore, the ordinance to approve, adopt, and enact new traffic and general offenses codes was stated as an emergency necessity by Fiscal Officer Sue Baker as these laws have not been updated since 1984. The council members approved both ordinances.
In the case of pending ordinances, the amended permit fees presented by Miles had its initial reading and will proceed through the approval process to be in effect by Jan. 1, if approved. Council member Phil Ohlinger motioned to change the placement and removal of signs fee, which was presented as a Pomeroy resident would have to pay $50 to place a sign and be given $25 back after the sign is taken down. The council agreed to add a byline that if the sign is for political purposes the sign will cost $25 and once the sign is taken down $25 will be given back.
Community member Ronnie Casto came forth to council to address a problem he has encountered with waste and safety violations. Casto and his wife said they have to pick up garbage that is littered on their streets. They expressed concerns about hazardous fires in the neighborhood and unsightly properties. Mayor Don Anderson advised the citizens to call Miles or the Pomeroy Police Department the next time an issue arises and consequences will occur if changes are not made.
Anderson presented the Route 833 Sewer Project at the Meigs County Sub-Committee and the project did not receive enough endorsement to be pursued. However, commissioners were in favor and suggested Anderson take the issue to Buckeye Hills.
The riverbank/parking lot project is moving along as the number one project in the district. Anderson went to Huntington, W.Va. to speak with engineers who will be able to remove pavement, to find and fill voids as long as the county can pay to repave the parking lot. The Walking Path project, which will be the combination of the Pomeroy and Middleport paths, is in the works of creating the path eight feet wide to provide optimal room.
In other council news, Ohlinger inquired about the mowing of the cemetery as there is one more contracted mow. Anderson will have a look and appropriately decide if the last mow is necessary. Insurance recommendations on unsafe conditions after a risk management’s assessment must be completed or have a plan for completion by Dec. 1.
Councilman John Musser and Anderson will be attending a CIC (Convention Industry Council) meeting this Thursday and Friday. Anderson will attend a rural development meeting in Marietta on Nov. 16. The first meeting for the Entrepreneurial Communities Project will be held on Nov. 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Maple Lawn Brewery, where they will discuss ideas on how to combine this organization with Imagine Pomeroy to spruce up the county’s aesthetics.
The council discussed employee compensation and hiring and will be having a financial meeting before Dec. 1, before action is taken. Anderson suggested to council to begin considering hiring a new Public Works employee for spring. Police Chief Mark Proffitt proposed making three individuals full time employees. Officers will need physicals. Ohlinger made a motion for the village to pay for the physicals and the council approved. Ohlinger made a second notion to have Nicole Shanks be a full-time dispatcher and the council approved.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Pomeroy village offices.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.