Powhatan Point Council proposes a tax levy

POWHATAN POINT – A proposed tax levy, a Help Us Build community picnic and additions to the police department and park district were on the agenda for Powhatan Village Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Armann-Blue, who heads the village’s park district, reported the swimming pool was closed recently due to maintenance problems. She indicated that, thanks to the help of the board of public affairs, repairs have been made. Armann-Blue said she has contacted county officials about placing a levy on the November ballot for the Community Park, which includes the swimming pool.

A lengthy discussion was held at which time, she told council that “something has to be done,” noting the village cannot expect a certain few people to donate $13,000-plus every year to keep the recreational area open. She explained that the park district’s savings have been depleted because state funding has decreased so dramatically.

Armann-Blue raised the question as to which entity, village council or the park district, will place the tax levy on the ballot and in what amount. She said a 1-1/2 mill levy would generate $25,885.75 per year. A decision must be made before Aug. 5.

It was agreed that park district members will meet with council’s building and grounds and finance committees to determine how the levy will be handled.

In another matter, Armann-Blue told council the number of park board members will be increased from three to five. Two applicants have shown interest, and their names have be submitted to county level for approval.

Following a 20-minute executive session, council accepted Mayor Mark McVey’s recommendation to hire Robert Rea as a part-time police officer, provided he passes the physical examination. Rea is currently employed as a part-time police chief in Adena, and has worked in security at Trinity Hospital.

Powhatan resident Georgann Green, representing a recently formed group which calls itself the Help us Build committee, reported to council as requested by the mayor. The committee was initiated and encouraged by village council during a town meeting held in May. The committee objective is to decide what residents want in the community what improvements can be made to inspire residents and visitors.

A series of meetings will be held, and each meeting will garner points that will be counted toward obtaining grant monies for a project. The more people who attend, the more points received.

The first such meeting will be held Sunday, July 27, beginning at 4 p.m. at Powhatan Marina. It’s being called a “community picnic.” In addition to lively ideas shared at the meeting, attendees will enjoy free music and hot dogs.

Prior to the 4 p.m. activities at the marina, local artist Cathy Carpenter will hold a benefit for cancer patients at Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center. Between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., 40 pieces of Carpenter’s handcrafted jewelry will be sold in a silent auction. All proceeds will go to the cancer center. The event will be held at The Gallery, 164 First St., in Powhatan Point. To view Carpenter’s work and mission, visit: www.artistsgivingbydesign.com.

Police Chief Jason West requested and was granted permission by council to purchase miscellaneous handouts for the police department to distribute to attendees of the event being held at the marina. The purchase will include enough items to distribute during Christmas in the Village and school events for children.

In other matters, council amended its U.S. Department of Agriculture grant application to a grant/loan application. Council voted 6-0 that if the grant/loan is approved, the loan will be repaid from general fund money. The village is seeking funding for a small dump truck with a plow and various other needed equipment.

An ordinance to hire a certain contractor to seal blacktop at the municipal building was rescinded, and an ordinance was approved to hire another contractor to do the job. VIV of Barton is to restripe and seal the parking area around the municipal building and in front of the fire station. The cost will be $1,980.

On a motion by Councilman Joshua Haught, council will apply for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks grant for waterline and electrical upgrades at the marina’s boat launch facility

Lengthy discussions were held concerning a truck overload ordinance and an ordinance defining dangerous and vicious dogs. Solicitor Charlie Bean distributed the dog ordinance to council members to review, and action is expected at the Aug. 5 meeting.

Permission was given, with a 6-0 vote, for Fire Chief Tom Nelms to order six sets of turnout gear at a cost of $16,422. Of that amount, Nelms obtained a grant in the amount of $10,000 to help pay for the gear. The remaining $6,422 will be paid from the firemen’s line item of the budget.

In a letter to council, Nelms said the six sets of turnout gear will put the department in compliance with the Ohio Revised Code which mandates that each fireman has his/her own personally sized gear.

On a motion by Councilman Brady Dierkes, council agreed that Trigg construction will supply labor and materials to complete work underway at the police station. The company quoted $2,900 for the job.