Council discusses street, riverbank concerns

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

POMEROY — In addition to addressing several recently vacated positions, Pomeroy Council conducted regular business during their Aug. 7 meeting.

After filling one of two open council seats, hiring a new village administrator, and beginning the search for a code enforcement officer, council voted unanimously to appoint Phil Ohlinger, council president.

The group elected to place two renewal tax levies on the November ballot: a one mill for fire protection and a 1.9 mill for current expenses.

Council further approved 2018’s budget, which Fiscal Officer Sue Baker advised was similar to 2017’s, except with allocations for a possible vehicle purchase for the Public Works department, and upcoming hirings.

Acting Mayor Don Anderson obtained approval in the next step of state assistance with flood damage from March’s storms.

“To get the funds council must declare an emergency,” said Anderson, which would allow him to send a letter of intent to the Ohio EMA, ultimately resulting in assistance repairing damage on Pleasant Ridge, Mulberry Avenue, Fisher Street, and Peacock.

Anderson also sought approval for a trimming equipment rental.

“The riverbank has been a number one complaint for quite a while, and rightly so. The river view is one of the main draws and great part of the village,” he said, referring to overgrown trees, shrubs, and invasive species that have obstructed the river view.

The village will rent “essentially a brushhog on a stick” for two weeks for $2,600, to clear overgrowth coming over the wall, but eschewing the riverbank itself due state and federal rules.

Police Chief Mark Proffitt said the trimmer would also work on several similarly overgrown small streets around town, and it was agreed in discussion the equipment would see plenty of use even if the river view was cleared ahead of schedule.

Council’s first meeting in September was moved to Thursday, Sept. 7, to accommodate Labor Day weekend.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Pomeroy Village Council will be Aug. 21 at 7 p.m in the Pomeroy Municipal Building.

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.