Pomeroy discusses ‘Shop’, car charging station

By Lorna Hart - Special to OVP

POMEROY — Pomeroy Village Council recently met in regular session on Nov. 1 in council chambers, discussing the Shop with a Cop program, the electric car charging project and other agenda items.

Mayor Don Anderson and Council members Vic Young, Phil Ohlinger, Nick Michael, Aaron Oliphant and Maureen Hennessy were present. Also in attendance were Code Enforcement Chuck Blake, Fire Chief Derek Miller, Police Chief Chris Pitchford, and Fiscal Officer Ben See.

Police Chief Chris Pitchford announced the annual Meigs Shop with a Cop program, held by the Loyalty is Forever organization, is seeking to raise an additional $7,000 in support of the program. Shop with a Cop takes place in December, when area children are treated to a day of shopping and activities with members of law enforcement, emergency medical services, and others.

The minutes of the Oct. 18 meeting were read and approved, as well as a motion to pay bills.

Council heard the first reading of Ordinance 811-21, which would establish refuse rates, and Ordinance 812-21 for the creation of a Refuse Fund.

Code Enforcement Officer Blake advised Council the application for The Electric Car Charging Project had been submitted to AEP and was pending approval. He advised that if approved, the project would cost the Village a little over $1,000.

A request for bids for a paving project was answered with only one submission. Mayor Anderson advised Council the bid was from Myers Paving in the amount of $49,900. A motion was made and approved to accept the bid and use American Rescue Plan funds for the project.

Officer Pitchford advised Council that Officer Tre Wallace transported a donated K9 insert to Miller Communications on behalf of the Police Department using his personal truck. Council approved Pitchford’s request to reimburse Officer Wallace for 67 miles at .56 a mile for a total of $37.52.

Mayor Anderson informed Council of an issue with the recently passed Salisbury Township Replacement Fire Protection Levy. “He advised the Township failed to exclude the municipalities of Pomeroy and Middleport when filling the levy, and that he had met with the Salisbury Trustees and their legal counsel to discuss options to remedy the issue,” according to the unapproved minutes from the Nov. 1 village council meeting.

Pomeroy merchants have been registering parking complaints with the village, and Mayor Anderson told Council the merchants have offered to purchase two-hour parking limit signs. Council discussed implementing the signs and possible enforcement issues, and decided existing parking ordinances would be researched and reviewed at a future meeting before making a decision on limit signs.

In final business, Mayor Anderson advised the Water Department is repairing a large water leak on Mulberry Avenue near Wright Street.

The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting of Pomeroy Village Council was set for this past Monday, Nov. 15. More on this meeting in an upcoming edition.

This story based upon the unapproved minutes of the Nov. 1 council meeting.


By Lorna Hart

Special to OVP

Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.

Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.