Wells Township levy support sought

BRILLIANT – Support for a 2-mill replacement levy for the police department is being sought in Wells Township.

During the township trustees’ meeting, Capt. Sean Norman of the police department explained the need for the levy, and the department also received praise from some people attending the session.

Norman said the police department is totally funded by a levy. The existing levy of 2 mills ends this year so it was decided to seek a 2 mill continuous levy.

The police officer noted there is no increase in millage, but by replacing the levy, some additional revenue will be available to partially offset the money being lost due to deregulation. Norman also said planning for operations is hard when revenue to fund them is not constant.

Trustee Brian Harvey said it is important for people to know that fire and police services are a necessity now and need to be funded. He also asked for the public’s support for the replacement levy.

Fiscal Officer Joseph Matthews noted some surrounding areas do not have full-time police protection. “We in Wells Township are very fortunate to have a fine department,” he added.

Matthews said if the funding is cut off, the township will become dependent on the sheriff’s office for protection which is itself stretched very thin.

Earlier in the meeting, a resident reported he recently had meet with a township police officer on a matter, and the officer was very courteous and professional.

Lions Club President Ralph Nickoson thanked the police department for assisting with traffic control during the recent clean-up project conducted by the club at the north Ohio 7 ramp. He said 19 trash bags were filled.

The Lions Club also has erected the old Lincoln School bell at River’s Landing, and the bell has been refurbished.

Another election issue was discussed, and a motion was approved to endorse Issue 1. This action was taken after trustee John Goosman said the county engineer noted that Issue II will become Issue I under a new amendment on the May ballot.

In other matters, Road Superintendent John Keyoski told about the street sweeping work being done and reported Oxford Coal has obtained a proposal for work on Salt Run Road. The company is seeking a second bid, but contractors are so busy that a second estimate hasn’t been obtained yet.

Salt boxes are off, and asphalt equipment is being readied, according to Keyoski. He also said the mowers are ready.

Goosman thanked the road crew for cleaning the creek behind the Methodist Church and also expressed appreciation to Keyoski for getting the Doug Road project underway. Ohio American Energy is repairing the road.

A resident thanked Keyoski and the crew for cleaning the mud on Riddles Run Road.

As requested by Charles Nest, pool manager, trustees approved a motion to hire Michael Quinton, Bailee Morocco, Matthew Nest and Jordan Casey to work at the pool this summer. Nest reported maintenance to prepare the pool for opening is underway.

Elizabeth Cook, recreation director, said 80-100 people attended the Easter programs. A community yard sale is planned for June 6-7.

Entertainment for the July 3 fireworks was discussed.

Norman reported the police department received 257 calls for March with 4,533 miles logged on the cruisers. There were 23 arrests including two sex offenses and one curfew violation.

It was noted the Jefferson County commissioners have set May 22 for a hearing on Miner Road.

Goosman reported the upstairs air conditioning unit at the Community Center has failed. A new one has been ordered.

The estimate to repair the door at the library is $1,675, according to Harvey.

A motion was approved to have the repairs made at that cost.

Harvey reported he has been told the original lease on the Convenient building has ended, and a new tenant is possible but roof and air conditioning work are needed first.

Joe Ellis noted complaints have been received about dust in the Beach Flats area.

A motion was approved to pay bills totaling $44,501.80.

At the conclusion of the meeting, trustees were in executive session for 42 minutes to discuss personnel and property.

No action resulted.