Dillonvale hires new police chief

DILLONVALE has a new police chief as a result of action taken by village council at its September meeting.

Under suspension of rules, council adopted an ordinance to hire Scott J. Christian as chief of police, effective Aug. 30.

Christian had been acting police chief after the resignation of Police Chief William Timko, who had submitted a letter of resignation, effective Aug. 22.

Council accepted Timko’s resignation as well as the resignation of Officer Brian Watson, effective Aug. 31.

It was noted that Officer Cody McAngues was hired in February but due to work commitments was not put on the schedule. He now will be put on the schedule.

An application was received from an individual wishing to be a part-time police officer. Council approved a motion to hire him on a 90-day probationary period as a part-time officer, providing he passes a background check. Christian was to contact the man to fill out the necessary paperwork for a background check.

In regard to the police department discussions, council held two executive sessions, one to discuss personnel and litigation, and included in that session were Solicitor Chris Gagin, Christian and Clerk-Treasurer Danene Hutkay. The other executive session on personnel included Gagin and Hutkay in addition to council members.

The old gray police cruiser was discussed, and it was decided the electrical equipment will be removed and stored in the police room with the cruiser then being taken to Camco for scrap.

In other matters, Hess Ohio Developments LLC informed officials that during the title clearance process, it identified mineral reservations in the chains of title for four parcels affecting about 1.928 acres of village property. The reservations by Consolidation Coal Co. have the effect of reserving the minerals and severing the mineral estate from the surface estate.

Gagin was asked to send a letter to Consolidation Coal Co., asking the company to release the mineral reservation issues on the 1.928 acres of village property.

Two resolutions pertaining to finances were approved. One is to amend the annual appropriation ordinance due to changes in actual resources received, and the other is accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission, authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

Council was notified by Verizon that a fiber optics network will be installed on existing poles throughout the village with the work to begin in a few months.

It was noted the water department will be installing badger meter transmitters soon.

Council approved a motion to have the security camera system at the village garage fixed but then rescinded that motion before authorizing the clerk to obtain quotations for a new system.

The clerk also was asked to obtain quotations for the rest of the street and speed limit signs for the October meeting of council.

Village insurance is due for renewal Oct. 1. Oklok Criss & Associates will be submitting a quotation, and then a special meeting will be called.

The possibility of tearing down the former senior citizen center was discussed because of its deterioration. The clerk was asked to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see about the possibility of funding.

Councilwoman Christine Lollathin reported two streetlights out, and Christian reported one out.

For the beautification committee, Councilwoman Carla Heskett turned in 13 properties.

It was noted Mayor Michele Dulesky, Councilwoman Trisha Painter and Lollathin would attend the September meeting of the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission.

Mayor’s court receipts totaled $481 with $244 going to the village, $180 to the state, $51 to the computer fund and $6 to the Independent Alcohol Fund.

Halloween plans also were discussed. The Dillonvale Volunteer Fire Department has scheduled a parade for Oct. 27. Council decided to have trick or treat Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Council’s next regular meeting will be Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the city building.