POMEROY — During Monday’s meeting, Pomeroy council decided the ultimate fate of the village’s parking meters.
Following a February vote to make parking free in downtown, the meters were temporarily covered in plastic shopping bags until last week, when some were speedily extracted by the Village’s Public Works department.
The more modern models, purchased in 2016, will be kept as the council explores selling them to another municipality.
The remaining stock will be opened to the public for sale at $25 or $35 depending on the version.
Sale revenue is slated for the general fund, and a small number will be kept at the Police Station for ease of processing.
Councilperson Andersen joked, “if there’s a big run we can take buyers down to the storage.”
Recently appointed Village Administrator Joe Woodall presented an update, which included notice some of the water tanks are overdue for inspection, which will involve “inspection divers” and preventive maintenance. Woodall partially reiterated statements he has made in the past that the village’s water processing systems are high quality and would remain relatively inexpensive to operate with proper maintenance.
He also told council a safety addition to the skate park, requested in a previous meeting, was stalled by soggy ground, and discussed a possible land purchase for parking extension in the area, which the mayor believed may be possible via grant.
Maureen Hennessy complimented the administrator’s new tenure, saying “I see an awful lot of things getting done around town, thank you Joe.”
Brenda Roush from ‘”Kickin’ Summer Bash” came before the meeting to ask their support for the 2017 event. She summarized the event last year, which included closing Main Street for parking trucker rigs as exhibits.
“People come and tour the cabins and see their way of living,” she explained. She said response from trucking participants was positive, “It means so much to them to be honored that way.”
Representatives of the Merchants Association raised concerns about an adverse impact on Main Street businesses from the display, however.
Some compromises were debated but unsuccessful, including reorganizing the parking lot events or reducing the number of exhibit rigs.
The Pomeroy Merchants Association requested the council table a decision on closing Main Sreet until the following council meeting, so that “the merchants could have time to officially meet and provide feedback, and possibly find a solution.”
Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.