Pomeroy Council discusses downtown parking, activities

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

POMEROY — Pomeroy Village Council held a lengthy meeting Monday night, covering park and recreation topics, a solution for remaining parking meter poles, and police expenditures.

Lions Club representative Kenny Klein asked the council to keep the remaining parking meter poles because the organization mounts flag holders on the bases. The flag services are a significant fundraiser, and Klein proposed the Lions Club would paint, cap, and maintain the poles. Council approved the arrangement, contingent on finding an agreeable color palette with the town’s historic aesthetic.

Merchants Association delegates requested a point of contact for information on large events, like the many weekend festivals Pomeroy hosts over the summer.

“Customers come in and ask us about times and parking, but we can’t really give them any info,” they explained.

Mayor Bryan Shank agreed issues like parking enforcement could be more smoothly handled with more coordination, and the matter was added to the scheduled Parks and Recreation Committee meeting June 19.

That meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. prior to the next regularly scheduled council meeting, will include discussion on a land parcel, adjacent to the park, to be donated by Farmers Bank.

Village Administrator Joe Woodall answered questions on possible cost saving measures at the water treatment plant and the vehicle garage, and commented on the second reading of a new cross connection control ordinance, more commonly called backflow regulation.

“This has been a major EPA push,” said Woodall, as he recapped some of the worst case scenarios of water supply contamination the ordinance will help prevent.

Councilperson Ruth Spaun also secured the release of a stolen Oak Street sign, and presented the rescued signpost to Woodall.

Bills were paid in the amount of $30,836.16.

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