Pomeroy looks at park development

Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

POMEROY — A parcel of land for future park development was discussed at the most recent meeting of Pomeroy Village Council.

Council President Donald Andersen told council members that Farmers Bank has chosen to donate a parcel of land on Mechanic Street. The bank intends to cede the land, which is adjacent to the basketball courts, to the village, for future park development.

Councilperson Phil Ohlinger suggested “a parks and recreation meeting once the transfer goes through,” to coordinate agencies and plans.

The council also resolved to find a way to “memorialize” the bank’s charitable action.

Council met for two hours in the first meeting of May, also reading water system legislation and hearing from a large group of citizens about systemic problems.

Village Administrator Joe Woodall submitted new ordinance language pertaining to “cross connection control,” more commonly called backflow regulation, that would update the village’s ordinances to maintain EPA compliance.

“This covers enforcement, yearly inspections, and (specifies a procedure) to report to us annually they’ve been tested by a certified backflow expert,” said Woodall.

The council held a first reading by title only, and distributed copies of the lengthy measure for review prior to next meeting.

Woodall asked the council to consider seeking competitive bidding for salt used in water treatment facilities. Officials discussed expanding storage options, which would allow bulk purchasing, further driving down the price. Council asked Woodall to investigate price breaks and alternative suppliers

Woodall also said he continued to be optimistic about upcoming EMA grants for flood repairs.

Police Chief Mark Proffitt investigated a rock disturbance on the hill across from Mcdonalds, and notified state agencies of the danger.

He also informed the council that Monday was Officer Casey Williams last day, and that Williams had submitted his resignation in advance and was moving onto another job, per the Chief.

Councilperson Ruth Spaun observed the documentation for Publics Works purchases “looked a lot better,” since the new administrator’s policy changes.

As recently as last month, up to half of purchases submitted by Public Works to the village for reimbursement typically did not have corresponding invoices.

After Fiscal Officer Sue Baker brought this to council’s and Woodall’s attention, Woodall instituted a paperwork system similar to the one used in Middleport, where he is also village administrator. At that time, Baker stated Middleport experienced virtually no missing documentation.

“Now it is a matter of whittling it down to none,” said Spaun.

Bills were paid in the amount of $22,858.36.

Mayor Brian Shank reported that the Lincoln Terrace repairs were underway, now that Columbia Gas has completed laying new gas lines, saying “the concrete barricades have been removed, and they’re ready to get to work.”

Spaun noted the severe attrition of ducks from the pond, with numerous duck fatalities from speeding cars. In a reverse problem, the population of invasive mallards continues to grow as individuals turn them loose in the area.

“Seems we have a surplus of (unwanted) ducks,” said Councilperson Vic Young.

Spaun asked speeding be better enforced near the pond, and that residents stop disrupting the wildlife balance at the park.

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.