Powhatan hires police officer

POWHATAN POINT — A proposal to hire a police officer was considered Tuesday by Powhatan Point Village Council, which also reported on repairs to be made to the railroad track crossing at Ohio 148 and Taylor Street.

Following an executive session called to discuss police personnel with regard to hiring, council agreed to hire Tyler Brooks as a part-time officer, pending approval of a physical examination and drug screening. Brooks is a resident of Powhatan Point. Also discussed in the session, with no action being taken, was possible litigation.

Councilman Dave Walters reported that railroad officials want to shut down Ohio 148 at the Taylor Street intersection during the third week of October. Plans are to repair the track crossing. During discussion, council agreed it will notify in writing the Ohio Department of Transportation District 11. In turn, District 11 should contact the state to reroute large trucks that use Ohio 148 due to low clearance at the railroad trestle on Ohio 7. It was noted that the larger vehicles will be rerouted to the West Virginia side of the Ohio River.

The Mellott Street repaving project may be in progress at about the same time. Officials plan to have the blacktop on Mellott ground and transferred to George Alley and the Riverview Road extension. Walters said he is receiving complaints about dust and the speed of water-hauling trucks on the road. Council agreed to rent a roller to press the grindings from Mellott St. into the dusty road.

Walters thanked the Board of Public Affairs for donating a mini-excavator and operator for a recent village project.

Council agreed to hold trick or treat activities from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Mayor Jeff Haught reported that Christmas in the Village is scheduled for the second Saturday in November.

Visitors to the council meeting included the current owner of the former pharmacy building in the downtown area, and Chris Brown, owner of the 3.C’s Trailer Court.

Brown approached council for clarification concerning regulations at the court. He said he’d been given permission to move ahead with plans there and also given a village ordinance. According to discussion, it appears Brown was given an ordinance that had been amended and regulations may have changed. He has spent several thousand dollars preparing the court for use. Council and Solicitor Charles Bean will delve into the matter to figure out what happened and what to do.

“If we’re going to have ordinances in Powhatan Point, I’d like to see them enforced,” said Councilman Jerry Binni, noting everyone should be treated the same.