POWHATAN POINT - Plans for maintenance at the municipal building were discussed Tuesday evening by Powhatan Village Council, which also targeted several individuals for public thanks.
Mayor Mark McVey thanked employees George Hess and Mark Boger for working during the storm to keep debris cleared from the roadways. Councilman Brady Dierkes thanked residents Jan Saner, Rich Caldwell and Rick Booth for their help, as well as Police Chief Chet Oldfield. He expressed thanks to Mark Saner of the VFW for donating a flag to the village to replace the one destroyed by the storm.
The mayor noted that village crews will assist residents with storm damage by hauling away branches from their property. For assistance, residents should call the municipal building.
During discussion about replacing the flag light at the building, resident Ryan Lee noted that a light also is needed to reflect on the flag at the marina. McVey acknowledged and indicated it would be done.
Discussion was held concerning painting the repointing work to be done on the municipal building and fire station garage. Councilman John Mitchell displayed a strip of paint colors and said a suggestion had been made to use dark brown for the municipal building and a somewhat lighter shade of brown for the fire station garage. Council agreed with the color scheme and Mitchell is to gather additional information.
In another matter concerning maintenance, Councilman Dave Walters of the building and grounds committee reported the plan for changes in front of the municipal building. Plans include removing most of the shrubbery and preparing the ground to be covered with black lava rock. He said the rock will be generously donated by Scott and Linda Kish of Belmont Aggregates, Powhatan Point.
On a motion by Walters, who also reported for the safety committee, Dynamic Safety Resources, Woodsfield, will do an annual inspection of all fire extinguishers for $325 plus any repairs. The motion was approved on a 5-0 vote. Councilman Rob Caldwell was absent. According to discussion, employee Larry Kenney will do the monthly checks.
McVey told council members that an inspection has revealed 12 homes to be considered blighted. He noted four homes in the same vicinity could be razed. They include two on Guernsey Street and two on Union Street. No further action was taken.
Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Armann-Blue reported about $30,500 in income tax receipts for the month of June.
Jacob Ramsay and Josh Ramsay, who are brothers, thanked council for allowing them to attend council meetings. Jacob is a junior and Josh a freshman at the First Colonial Legal Studies Academy in Virginia Beach, Va. Attending meetings and shadowing individuals in various positions are summer assignments for the young men.
At the request of Councilman Jerry Binni, an executive session was held with regard to personnel and possible litigation.