Pomeroy Council discusses Treat Street, infrastructure

By Erin Perkins - Special to the Sentinel

POMEROY — The Pomeroy Village council brought forth plans of the Main Street event Treat Street which is set for Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Council approved spending $250 on candy for the event and having the Pomeroy Fire Department to block through traffic during the event.

The annual event which replaced the traditional Trick or Treat in the village brings hundreds of kids and adults to the village to collect candy, as well as take part in games and a costume contest.

The event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. along Main Street in the downtown business area.

In other business, Pomeroy’s water production out of a single well was discussed. The cost of a new well is $30,000 according to estimates. One option raised by Mayor Don Anderson was buying water from Middleport. Sue Baker, fiscal officer, added that this option would lower water bills for Pomeroy. Council member Vic Young voiced to have the well estimate made by another entity.

Local parks located in Minersville and Mechanic Street in Pomeroy are being reviewed by the city’s insurance. Head entrapment zones have been found on play equipment and suitable landings for fall heights have not been met according to discussions. The village has until Dec. 31 to pitch a solution of these problems to the insurance.

Maureen Hennessy shared she visited Hocking College for the Entrepreneurial Communities Project. She stressed the importance of community support for local businesses to prosper. Meetings for the Entrepreneurial Communities Project are hoped to begin the first week of November where members can share ideas and learn from one another. For more on the project see https://www.mydailysentinel.com/news/17236/pomeroy-hears-entrepreneurial-communities-project-pitch.

Community members Larry and Candace Hess introduced themselves to the council and explained their plans of opening up a coffee shop in Pomeroy. The coffee will be home brewed with breakfast and lunch foods available for purchase. The business will be located along Main Street. No opening date has been announced.

Alan Miles, code enforcement officer, raised council’s awareness to a variety of issues.

He voiced the need of fixing a retaining wall of a Pomeroy apartment building. On top of that he stated the condemned, unlivable buildings of Pomeroy should be demolished for safety purposes. Miles also pitched a new fees schedule to match today’s cost of living standards including inspection fees and building permit fees. Council made the pitch into an ordinance for further deliberation.

Since taking his new position, Miles has had to pay his fare in gas in his personal vehicle. He asked the council if they would pay $150 of gas a month and pay for an oil change when due. The council agreed to the notion and is giving Miles back pay since his start date.

The next Pomeroy Village Council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6.

By Erin Perkins

Special to the Sentinel

Erin Perkins is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.

Erin Perkins is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.