Powhatan Point seeking grant

POWHATAN POINT Village Council agreed Tuesday night to apply for an Ohio Public Works grant and heard the amount in Local Government Funding which the village will receive in 2014.

In a special meeting held Aug. 2, a motion to place a 2 mill levy on the November ballot died for lack of a second. The levy would have been for operational expenses for the village Park and Recreation District – primarily the swimming pool. Making the motion to seek revenues via a levy was Councilman Brady Dierkes. Attending the meeting, in addition to Dierkes, were Councilmen Jerry Binni, Rob Caldwell, John Mitchell and Dave Walters.

In attendance at this week’s meeting were Councilmen Sam Armann, who was acting mayor, Dierkes, Mitchell and Walters.

On a motion by Dierkes, council voted to apply for a paving grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission. It was agreed, should the application be accepted, that the village will pay a 20 percent match. The match will be taken from permissive tax monies. An estimate of $164,500 was received by the village for the paving of Cove Road, Cove Drive, Wheeling Avenue, Bank and Brown streets.

The OPWC grant application is due Sept. 16 by 5 p.m.

Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Armann-Blue told council the village will receive about $16 more in Local Government Funds in 2014 than it received this year. The 2013 amount was $35,524.07 and in 2014 the amount will be $35,540.62 – $15.55 more.

According to Acting Mayor Sam Armann, the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District has requested a resource officer for the elementary school. He said that because the school is outside the village jurisdiction, members of the police department will have to be made special deputies in order to work as school resource officers.

Councilman Dierkes reported the new roof on the street department garage ” should be completed by dark today.” (Tuesday)

Village resident Becky Bier approached council to find out if anything had been learned with regard to a lien on the “sliver of property” which borders the land on Pine Street that she plans to purchase. Solicitor Charlie Bean requested the information available from the village be sent to him. He indicated he will review the information and speak with the county auditor.

Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.