Powhatan police chief resigns

POWHATAN POINT – A resignation and an executive session to discuss personnel with regard to hiring and contracts were on the table at Tuesday night’s meeting of Powhatan Point Village Council.

The resignation of Police Chief Jason West was accepted on a motion by Councilman Jerry Binni. Binni added to the motion that, as requested by West, he will remain on the force as a reserve officer. “We wish him well,” said the councilman.

According to Mayor Mark McVey, Chief West has accepted a position with the Steubenville Police Department. His resignation is effective Aug. 23. “Chief West did a lot to improve the police department,” said McVey.

With the approval of council, the mayor appointed Officer Benji Coblentz as acting chief. The appointment becomes effective Saturday.

Following the executive session, action was taken to promote Officer Chase Maffee from part-time to full-time, pending a physical examination.

No action was taken concerning contract discussion after the executive session.

Mayor McVey extended his thanks to Cathy Klee, director, Summer Youth Program, for supplying the village with three young workers for the season.

Earlier this month it was incorrectly reported that a meeting was held between council’s finance committee and the Park District concerning a 3-mill levy for the Park District. The two entities did not hold a meeting.

The decision to place a levy on the November ballot was that of the Park District. None of the levy revenue will go into village coffers.

According to Lisa Armann-Blue, who heads up the Park District, monies from the levy will be broken down thusly: one mill will be used for operating expenses, and two mills are earmarked for maintenance, repairs and construction and/or grant match monies. Armann-Blue indicated the need to revamp the baby pool and noted major repairs are needed on the large pool.