Council OKs new parking meters

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — At their first meeting of February Pomeroy Council voted to buy enough new digital parking meters for downtown. The new meters, which will cost about $14,000 and are being purchased by Take a Powder Inc., out of New Jersey. Council voted to purchase enough meters to cover Sycamore Street, Lynn Street, Court Street and 2nd Street. Currently Main Street is the only street with older meters in place, and these meters will be discussed later.

Brewce Martin, who helped implement the new skate park in Pomeroy, approached council during the meeting and said that he should receive for money for his work on the project. According to Fiscal Officer Sue Baker, Martin initially agreed to help build the park, which was set to cost $18,000. The village had a grant for $20,000 for the project as well. However, in the end the park cost more than $36,000.

After discussion, council agreed to hold a finance meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the situation in detail.

Mayor Bryan Shank had myriad information to share with council regarding village news. Shank shared with council that the Ohio Public Works Commission had turned down the village in terms of funding for both the repair slip on Pleasant Ridge and for the extension of the sewer line on State Route 833.

Shank said that he had also contacted AEP and spoken to AEP officials regarding streetlights out in the village. Baker said that about 30 street lights have been out for about two years, and that AEP is now fixing these lights. He said that about 10 interviews have been conducted to replace a public works labor position, but that the job hadn’t been filled yet.

Three approvals for the use of the Pomeroy Parking Lot were given. Meigs County Victims has permission to use part of the parking lot April 8-15, Relay For Life will be using the parking lot on May 20 and Kickin’ Summer Bash will be using the lot June 10 and 11.

Creating Healthy Communities, a grant program, will be helping with another basketball court off of Main Street in the village. The village is also going to solicit bids for cemetery mowing.

DV Weber will also be fixing some construction issues at Trinity Church of Pomeroy. Council also voted to permit the USDA to place insect traps in Beech Grove Cemetery to check for problematic insects. The traps will not be easily visible, Baker said. AEP will also be moving lines on 2nd Street as well, although an exact date was not yet known.

The next regular meeting is set for Feb. 15, Presidents’ Day, so the next meeting will instead be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

By Lindsay Kriz

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.