POMEROY — Members of Pomeroy Village Council listened to concerns of several local residents during Monday’s regular council meeting.
Village residents Sherman Mills, Joe Struble and Dan Morris, along with local businessman Paul Reed of Farmers Bank, addressed council during the public participation portion of the meeting.
Mills asked council about the progress of the slip repair on State Street and Ebenezer Street. expressing concerns about residents being with out water during the repair process.
Village administrator Paul Hellman said that bids on the project would begin soon, but he did not expect water to be shut off for a long period of time due to the repairs.
Mills also asked about the possibility of making Ebenezer Street a one-way street, with traffic going out through the newly completed Monkey Run access road.
Mills and Police Chief Mark Proffitt both noted the risk for crashes at the intersection as visibility to pull out on the road is an issue. No action was taken on the matter.
Mullberry Heights resident Joe Struble addressed council about the possible signs the Vaughan Agency wishes to place on their property.
Proffitt read a letter from Vaughan to council detailing the signs he wished to place to promote his business. The signs would be be placed within 25 feet of the village right-of-way, which is prohibited by village ordinance. A variance would be required to place a sign within that area.
Struble said that the sign would likely block view of the stop sign located at the top of the hill and obstruct the view of motorists in either direction. He gave ideas of better locations for a sign at the business which would not cause problems with traffic or violate the village ordinance.
No action was taken on the matter, which will be referred to the village ordinance committee for further discussion.
Morris asked members of council about a letter he received from Volunteer Energy Services, Inc. The program, which the residents of the village voted to participate in, began four years ago.
The letter recently mailed to residents of Pomeroy transfers customers from Columbia Gas to Volunteer Energy Services, Inc. unless the form is mailed back stating that the person does not wish to participate.
Morris also asked about the old Pomeroy High School building, which was detailed in Thursday’s article on the Pomeroy Council meeting which appeared in The Daily Sentinel.
Paul Reed, President and CEO of Farmers Bank, asked council about placing a wireless antenna on the water tower located on Breezy Heights. The antenna would be used for communication between the banks in Pomeroy and Mason, W.Va.
The bank would fix the ladder on the tower and take care of connecting the power source needed for the antenna.
There is generally a fee associated with placement of this, but the fee will be waived for five years since the bank has done many things for the village.
Council voted 5-0, with council member Dru Reed abstaining, to allow the placement of the antenna.