Pomeroy Village Council met in regular session at 7:00 pm on April 10, 2023 in council chambers. Present were Mayor Don Anderson and Council members Nick Michael, Aaron Oliphant, Maureen Hennessy, Vic Young and Phil Ohlinger. Maureen Burns was absent. Fire Chief Derek Miller, Code Enforcement Officer Chuck Blake, Police Chief Chris Pitchford and Fiscal Officer Ben See were also present.
The minutes of the March 6 meeting minutes were read and Michael made a motion to approve, Oliphant seconded and Council voted with 4 yes votes.
Oliphant made a motion to pay bills in the amount of $68,383.61. Michael seconded and Council voted with 4 yes votes to approve.
Michael made a motion to approve the February-March Finance Report (The report included a list of bills, February and March bank reconciliation, Fund status report, Appropriation supplemental report, Appropriation status report, Revenue supplemental report, Revenue summary report, February and March receipt listing, February and March payment listing.) Hennessy seconded and Council voted with 4 yes votes.
Brenda Barnhart addressed Council regarding placement of signs along the walking path for the National Day of Prayer, Council discussed the event and agreed to allow the temporary placement of signs.
Ohlinger made a motion to approve a proclamation declaring May 4th a day of prayer in Pomeroy. Hennessy seconded and Council voted with 4 yes votes.
Vic Young arrived at 7:14.
Mayor Anderson advised Council of a new building lease with Auto Plus. Auto Plus is requesting 2 months of relief while going through bankruptcy.
Hennessy made a motion to allow the Mayor to enter into lease agreement with Auto Plus. Ohlinger seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Council heard the 2nd reading of Ordinance 814-23 AN ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT THE COLLECTION, STORAGE AND MAINTAINING OF JUNK, SCRAP METALS AND OTHER SALVAGEABLE METAL MATERIALS WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF POMEROY.
Council discussed the lead line replacement project that was recently completed with an overage of $18,168.48, $6,051 being grant funding and $12,117.48 from a loan.
Michael made a motion to approve Resolution 85-23 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE OF POMEROY TO APPLY FOR, ACCEPT, AND ENTER INTO A WATER SUPPLY REVOLVING LOAN ACCOUNT(WSRLA) AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE VILLAGE COUNCIL FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE LEAD SERVICE LINE ELIMINATION; AND DESIGNATING A DEDICATED REPAYMENT SOURCE FOR THE LOAN. Ohlinger seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Ohlinger made a motion to approve Resolution 86-23 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING VILLAGE OF POMEROY TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE APPALACHIA REGIONAL COMMISSION/GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF APPALACHIA PROGRAMS AND TO EXECUTE CONTRACTS AS REQUIRED. Michael seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Fiscal Officer Ben See discussed the RITA Subpoena Program with Council.
Michael made a motion to participate in the 2023 RITA Subpoena program and letter campaign. Oliphant seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Mayor Anderson discussed relocating the kayak launch and possible lighting solutions with Council.
Police Chief Chris Pitchford advised Council He would like to participate with Ohio Means Jobs in hiring a Police Cadet to attend the August Police Academy at Hocking College.
Hennessy made a motion to allow Police Chief to select and hire a Police Cadet at $11/hour. Michael seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Mayor Anderson advised the VFW would like to bring back the Memorial Day parade.
Police Chief Pitchford advised the Police Dispatch computer needed replaced at a cost of $1,494.98 but He was concerned about the Police budget.
Young made a motion to purchase a computer from Travis Grate at a cost of $1494.98 using the General Fund. Michael seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Mayor Anderson advised one bid had been received from David Rose of Rose’s Garage in the amount of $400 for the public works truck.
Michael made a motion to accept the bid of $400 from David Rose for the Ford F450 truck. Ohlinger seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Mayor Anderson advised David Barnhart was offering to donate a plot of land to the Village. Council Tabled the offer.
Fire Chief Derek Miller ask Council to approve the purchase of 3 sets of structural firefighting gear at a cost of $11,000.
Hennessy made a motion to purchase 3 sets of structural firefighting gear at a cost of $11,000. Young seconded and Council voted with 5 yes votes.
Michael made a motion to adjourn. Oliphant seconded.
Don Anderson, Mayor
Ben See, Fiscal Officer