Powhatan police officer resigns

POWHATAN POINT – The resignation of a police officer was accepted at Tuesday night’s meeting of Powhatan Village Council, which also heard from the recently hired school district superintendent and was given a report by the Park District’s president.

Police Chief Joshua Haught submitted a letter from Officer Schramm, whose resignation was effective immediately. Schramm, who has worked for the village for less than a year, gave no reason for leaving the department. The resignation was accepted on a motion by Councilman Brady Dierkes.

According to Mayor Mark McVey, the position for a part-time officer will be advertised. The rate of pay is $10 per hour with no benefits.

The village currently operates with the police chief in addition to one full-time officer and one part-time officer.

Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Superintendent John Hall introduced himself to council and spoke of his goals and ideas for the district. His three primary goals include the improvement of staff morale, improvement of academics and improving the district’s finances.

With regard to finances, Hall made note that although Powhatan residents may have a bad taste in their mouths concerning its new school’s location, he indicated he is hopeful that council will endorse the levy. The school district, which includes the village of Powhatan and York Township, is asking voters to approve a 7.72 mill, five-year levy.

According to Hall, a public meeting will be held at Swiss Hills Vocational School Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. During that meeting, finances will be discussed, one of the district principals will speak and Hall will talk of academics.

Hall spent nearly 30-minutes talking with and answering questions posed by council members.

Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Armann-Blue, who also heads up the village park district board, reported on the swimming pool. She called council’s attention to the fact that $11,000 was received in donations to open the pool. Armann-Blue said that had it not been for that, the pool would have ended the season in the red by $9,579.68, instead, it closed with $1,420.32 to the good.

She also noted that chemicals were donated and the village paid the electric bill, which was $2,300, and there were donations which covered the pool steps, a diving board and other materials. She said all the bills have been paid, including payroll. The mayor as well as Armann-Blue noted their appreciation for the donations. “The pool probably would not have opened had it not been for the generosity of these good people,” said McVey.

Reporting on the JB Green Team grant activity, Councilman Dave Walters said the pads for benches and trash receptacles have been installed and the project is complete. He expressed his sincere thanks to Donny Buff Sr. for the hours of work he donated.

“The demolition grant project is also completed,” reported McVey. In addition to the dilapidated structures removed by Raze International and paid for in part by a Moving Ohio Forward grant, an additional structure in the same area was removed with payment made to Raze by the property owner. The owner plans to build a new home on the lot. “That’s what we want to see happen,” said McVey, “New homes going up where the blighted structures existed.”

The mayor mentioned the railroad crossing at the intersection of Ohio148 at Water and Taylor streets. He reported there will be neither railroad warning lights nor crossbars placed at that intersection. He warned that drivers should always drive carefully where three or four roads intersect.

Train traffic has increased in recent months with the rail system being repaired in Monroe County as a result of new businesses.

Police Chief Haught, after meeting with the fire and police committee, requested a new copier. Councilman Jerry Binni, committee chairman, explained the machine, noting it will also act as a fax. He said the initial cost is about $800 with a two-year contract and recommended council approve the purchase. Binni said the money to pay for the equipment is available in the police fund. Council approved the purchase with a 4-0 vote. Absent were Councilmen Sam Armann and Rob Caldwell.

Council entered into an executive session to discuss contract negotiations with no action being taken at the end of that session.