Pomeroy approves two new members

By Lindsay Kriz - lkriz@civitasmedia.com

POMEROY — Pomeroy Village Council on Monday approved the hire of two new council members to fill two empty positions.

Mayor Jackie Welker said that council, who had quorum, approved the hiring of Don Anderson and Nicholas Michael to council seats. The two have not yet been sworn in, only approved by council, Welker said.

After a report from Fiscal Officer Sue Baker, council approved the purchase of a new all-wheel drive Dodge Durango by the Pomeroy Police Department on a five-year warranty. Welker said the during the meeting Baker reiterated that it is more fiscally sound to purchase new vehicles and have car payments on them in a rotation than maintaining older vehicles.

“Before last year, we usually found cheaper vehicles through auctions, but then to maintain it we were spending $12,000 a year in maintenance fees, parts and labor,” Welker said. “We’ve been running two new (vehicles) since last year and have had zero maintenance fees except for oil change.”

With the purchase of vehicles last year and a new one this year, every five years the department can keep cycling vehicles with few extra expenses, Welker said.

The contract for work on downtown Pomeroy streets and sidewalks was awarded to DV Weber Construction for a cost of $394,080. Welker said he expects the sidewalk aspect of the project to begin almost immediately, and guessed that the street aspect would begin in about another six weeks.

“I’m very happy,” Welker said. “I think they’ve done a great job downtown so far, and I’m really tickled that they got (the bid). They’re doing a good job; no complaints with these guys at all.”

The next meeting for council will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, as Sept. 7 is Labor Day.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-444-4303.

By Lindsay Kriz