Cooperation may yield new WT Park shelter

TILTONSVILLE – A new shelter might be in the future for the Warren Township Park as a cooperative effort involving Tiltonsville, Yorkville, Rayland and Warren Township, but it isn’t expected to be a project this year.

Village Administrator Carl Sgalla recently reported to Tiltonsville Village Council that the community project had been proposed by the Warren Township Lions Club. The club suggested the four entities combine recreational grants received from the Jefferson County commissioners so a new shelter could be constructed.

According to the discussion, some others already have submitted their requests for recreation funds so council members spoke in favor of directing this year’s funds for Tiltonsville for needs at the pumphouse field. Mayor Kris Prati indicated the shelter possibly could be a community project for next year.

The deadline for recreation projects to be submitted to the commissioners is March 31.

Sgalla also reported a grant application for a feasibility study regarding the village water and sewer project was submitted to the Ohio Development Services Agency. The department has sent a letter that the application had been received and would be reviewed soon. Also cooperating in regard to the application was the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.

In addition to telling of plans for a Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission session as well as an executive meeting for that group, Sgalla said a public meeting is scheduled March 27 at 10 a.m. in the county commissioners’ office about the county’s Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant program. An overview of activities eligible for funding will be presented.

The village administrator requested and received authorization to hire two summer part-time workers. They would work 32 hours a week and receive the minimum wage.

Permission was given for Police Chief Jerry Davis to sell the 2004 Crown Victoria police cruiser and for Sgalla to sell a 1993 Chevrolet 1500 series pick-up truck. Bidders for the vehicles can send purchase letters to the Village of Tiltonsville, P.O. Box 127, Tiltonsville, OH 43963, and the envelopes should be marked “car” or “truck.” Council has the right to refuse any and all bids.

Davis reported Officer Thomas Riedel had resigned from the police department to accept a job with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. He expressed appreciation for Riedel’s two years of service to the village.

The police chief also reported another officer will be leaving in May. The department, he said, is supposed to have two full-time officers, and the last time that occurred was in 2011. Noting all the officers now are part-time, Davis said he would like for at least one full-time officer to be hired. Council granted his request, and he will advertise for one full-time officer.

A motion for a safety vest to be ordered was approved, and the cost is not to exceed $500.

Councilman Ray Viola gave a report on the 70 by 50 roof planned for the council chambers, Plans are being drawn up and will be sent to the state.

As requested by Mayor Prati, council adopted an ordinance under suspension of rules concerning the permanent appropriations prepared by Clerk-Treasurer Korrene Prince.

Council approved a resolution for the salt contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation. The village plans to obtain 30 tons.

Also given approval was a Fair Housing Proclamation designating April as Fair Housing Month.

Sgalla completed the annual water withdrawal report for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and provided a copy for council’s review.

The village administrator said applications are being accepted for a utility maintenance worker 1 and a utility maintenance worker 2 for the public works department, and these are to be submitted before the end of April. The utility maintenance worker I is to have a current Class I water and wastewater license (or operator in training) from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Applications are available online at or can be picked up at the utility office Mondays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and noon and 2-4 p.m. Completed applications can be returned to the utility office or mailed to the Village of Tiltonsville, Attn.: Village Administrator, P.O. Box 127, Tiltonsville, OH 43963.

A guest at the meeting was attorney Michelle Miller, a former solicitor for Tiltonsville, Rayland, Smithfield and Wells Township. Miller, who is a candidate for Jefferson County Common Pleas Court judge, spoke briefly.

Council will have a workshop meeting April 1 at 7 p.m. Mayor Prati said the regular meeting will be April 15, and all meetings now are back to starting at 7 p.m.