Pomeroy Council hiring two new members

By Lindsay Kriz - [email protected]

POMEROY — Pomeroy Council on Monday night announced two open council seats that need to be filled as soon as possible.

There will be a special meeting at 7 p.m. July 27 with the intent to appoint two new council members. Letters of interest can be given to council up until the time of the meeting. Council also acknowledged the resignation of former council members Drew Reed and Phil Moon.

Council also voted for Phil Ohlinger to serve as council president.

Council approved the renewal of EyeMed Insurance at no cost. Fiscal Officer Sue Baker said she received an email about the renewal advantage, and council said they were satisfied with their insurance as to renew.

Fred Holmes, of Volunteer Energy, announced his retirement and discussed adding electric aggregation for the village. The aggregation will not be on the ballot this year, but may make a ballot appearance in fall 2016.

Council approved the Lions Club placing an American flag outside of Pomeroy Village Hall during eight holidays a year. The total cost of a year is $25. Members also gave Pomeroy Police Chief Mark Proffitt approval to explore the possibility of purchasing two Ford Interceptor models — one all-wheel drive SUV and one all-wheel drive Sedan — for the police department. Council also approved the purchase of a unisex vest at a cost of $620. Proffitt emphasized the need for the vest to be unisex, saying it’s getting more tough out in the field and his male and female officers need it.

Council also authorized the mayor to apply for the Lincoln Terrace Project and discussed the amount to be paid. Pullins Excavation’s bid was also accepted.

Members also approved the draw from the Ohio Public Works Commission fund for the downtown paving project and okay-ed a draw from the Ohio Water Development Authority for Layne Christensen Co. for the well cleaning and booster station projects. The mayor and Pullins Excavation also entered into a contract with OPWC for emergency funds.

The 2016 budget was also approved.

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

By Lindsay Kriz

[email protected]