Powhatan gets $2,000 donation

POWHATAN POINT – A check presentation, insurance information and the end of a curbside recycling program were among the items on the agenda at Tuesday night’s meeting of Powhatan Village Council.

Dan Avondet, lead supervisor of operations for the Marietta Division of Dominion East Ohio Gas, and Tracy Stevens, external affairs manager in the Canton area, were on hand for the presentation of a $2,000 check to the village.

“I am here tonight to say thank you to the village ” said Avondet, noting the “tremendous help” given to the Dominion crew while they were in the village last month to repair an outage problem. “We appreciate the assistance and want to say publicly how much partnerships like this mean to us. We can better serve our customers when a great team comes together.”

Avondet thanked Mayor Mark McVey and his staff, Fire Chief Tom Nelms and Police Chief Joshua Haught.

“I can’t say enough about how quickly you responded,” McVey told Avondet. “Your Rapid Response Team was indeed that. To get customers back online so quickly is a credit to Dominion.”

Jonette Lazasz of the Schwendeman Agency, spoke to officials about health insurance. She said she is still waiting for a cost quote from one of two insurance plans contacted and asked if council wanted to wait for that quote since village insurance is due in December or go with the current plan. Council opted to wait.

After years of curbside pickup of items to be recycled, Powhatan will see its last pickup on Dec. 17. According to Councilman John Mitchell, Shadyside Cartage will switch from the “little blue boxes” put curbside by residents twice a month for pickup, to placing community dumpsters in the village. A location for the dumpsters has not yet been established.

Reporting on a Division of Watercraft grant application submitted earlier this year, Councilman Brady Dierkes said the grant was denied due to the “lack of funding at this time.” He said the village can reapply after Jan. 31. On a motion by Councilman Sam Armann, council directed Dierkes to reapply for monies for the Powhatan boat launch facility.

Dierkes commended the street department personnel: George Hess, Mark Lamp and Charlie Hicks, for the “great job” they did in getting the village ready for the Christmas in the Village event. Dierkes said employees cleaned streets, put up lights and did other work in addition to their regular work.

Mayor McVey commented on and commended the Christmas in the Village Committee.

“It was a first-rate event!” he said, noting the committee puts in endless hours getting ready for the festivities. “The event puts the town in a good light,” said McVey, thanking the committee for its efforts. According to one councilman, the parade was 40 minutes long it could have been the village’s largest.

On a motion by Councilman Mitchell, the village will give each employee a $40 gift card from a Powhatan business.

Dierkes requested an executive session regarding personnel with regard to the street department. Also requesting an executive session was Police Chief Haught, asking to discuss personnel with regard to hiring. No action was taken following the session.

It was reported that Ohio-West Virginia Excavating has completed the removal of docks at the marina. Council voiced its appreciation.

The company has also completed the Ohio 7 South drainage project. Mayor McVey noted the area looks nice.