Council gets rock slide update, discusses public works purchases

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

POMEROY — Mayor Bryan Shank commented on the recent rockslide, saying: “The state did a great job. Shutting down the road was an inconvenience, but a safety issue,” and noted the road was cleared and power restored quickly.

In regards to further rockslide events, multiple members of the Pomeroy government indicated the geography and size of the rocks make true preventive measures impossible.

In other business, Fiscal Officer Sue Baker raised the issue of trouble verifying purchases in the Public Works department. She said many reimbursed purchases were not submitted with accompanying invoices, and while “I hate to add to Joe (Woodall)’s plate right now, this is critical, just absolutely critical,” adding that the new Administrator was just being alerted to the problem.

Some council members were alarmed such a problem existed.

No accusations were made, but both council members Phil Ohlinger and Nick Michael made statements to the effect that willful manipulation or repeated negligence of that system would be a terminable offense.

Woodall agreed, and said it would be a matter of teaching the employees the importance of submitting documentation, and having a policy in place. He said he could implement a system similar to Middleport (where Woodall is also Administrator), and Baker (who is also Fiscal Officer for Middleport) said there were minimal issues in that village.

“That needs to be fixed,” said Woodall.

Bills were paid in the amount of $12,644.12.

At the tail end of the evening, the council went into executive session for the stated purpose of employee discipline in the police department.

Mayor Bryan Shank said upon return to open session “A discipline issue was discussed, and the problem has been withdrawn, requiring no further action.”

The meeting was adjourned, three hours after it began.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Pomeroy Village Council is April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Pomeroy Village Hall.

By Michael Hart

Special to the Sentinel

Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.

Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.