POMEROY — During their first meeting of the month — and of the year — Pomeroy Council on Monday night established their council president, village solicitor and swore in one of two council members who kept their terms.
New Pomeroy Mayor Bryan Shank swore in Maureen Hennessy, who was re-elected to council along with Ruth Spaun, who was sworn in at an earlier date.
Council also established Phil Ohlinger as council president and approved the continuance of Chris Tenoglia as village solicitor. A list was also handed out to council members with the 2016 council committees. The Finance Committee is Chair Phil Ohlinger, Nick Michael and Don Anderson; the Ordinance Committee is Chair Vic Young, Phil Ohlinger and Don Anderson; the Safety Committee is Chair Ruth Spaun, Phil Ohlinger and Maureen Hennessy; Parks and Recreation is Chair Maureen Hennessy, Vic Young and Phil Ohlinger; O.S.H.A. is Chair Don Anderson, Ruth Spaun and Vic Young; Insurance is Chair Ruth Spaun, Don Anderson and Nick Michael; Grievance is Chair Nick Michael, Maureen Hennessy and Ruth Spaun; Zoning is Chair Maureen Hennessy, Nick Michael and Vic Young; and Municipal Lighting is Chair Vic Young, Nick Michael and Phil Ohlinger.
Council decided that current meeting dates and times should remain the same — the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Council also approved property and liability insurance for 2016, along with the 2016 Permanent Appropriation Ordinance, which essentially allows the village to spend money, Baker explained.
Michelle Harris was listed as a guest and had a question about placing signs in town for perennials, saying that she is confused about what signs are allowed and what signs are not, as hers had been removed from where she placed them while others have stayed. The specific area in question is the intersection of Nye Avenue and Main Street in Pomeroy. Council said they would look into the issue and get back with Harris.
Don Mayer also brought forth a concern about drainage change problems at Trinity Church of Pomeroy. Before sidewalk construction, the church’s downspouts went directly into drains, but no longer do so, causing flooding issues, he said. Baker said the contractor who did the work on the sidewalks is responsible and council will contact them to look into the matter.
Minutes from the Dec. 21, 2015, meeting, along with $15,004.74 in bills were also approved.
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