New Boston resident Brice Flowers proposed the idea of a village-wide yard sale on June 6-7.
“I would like to be more involved in the community, starting with a community yard sale – not that it would be profitable for New Boston, but I think it would be a boost for the community and everybody gets to know their neighbor. It’s an opportunity to share and have a good time,” Flowers said.
He also suggested local churches may want to set-up vending booths for refreshments.
Flowers told council he has run similar community yard sales for 20 years in his former community.
“It started out (with) about 400 houses, and there were over 20,000 people at the last festival. Not that we’ll grow that big, but it would be nice to,” he said.
Council discussed the idea and voted unanimously to approve the community yard sale for Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mayor Warren said the event would be free to all New Boston residents.
Also, Councilwoman Shelly Hickman-Aeh announced plans to repeat the Village Clean-Up Day, citing the success of the program last year. This year’s program will be Saturday, March 28, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
“Volunteers will be out and the Service Department will be out picking up. It will operate basically the same as it did last year,” Hickman-Aeh said. “Dumpsters will be set out between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6:30 (p.m.) and then Rumpke will come take them away.”
The program is assisted by a reimbursement grant of $1,000 made available from the Lawrence-Scioto County Solid Waste Management District, in Ironton.
In other village clean-up news, the village this week resumed trash pick-up twice a week, and Village Administrator Steve Hamilton reminded the public that the village requires citizens to put all of their trash inside a trash can of at least 30 to 35 gallons. Service crews are not required to pick-up trash that not inside a can, he said.
“We’re going to a two-day pick-up, and the citizens need to help us out too,” Hamilton said.
Legal counsel for the village said there could be a $100 fine for not obeying this ordinance.
“I have run into a serious problem of people’s trash bags in the alley, and people going though them and dogs going through them. They’re going through people’s trash, and they’re slinging it. So our ordinance says you have to have a trash can,” Hamilton said.
Fliers were distributed throughout the village on Wednesday.
“The big thing I’ve heard is that they get a trash can and it gets torn up, or they (Service Department) just kick it, and things like that. I don’t know if they do that or not, but if everybody gets one, and there’s a new trash can, I’ll be able to go see it,” Hamilton said. “I will specify to the Service Department that I don’t want them dented up. I want the lids back on them.”
Council also discussed the village budget, and approved New Boston Fire Chief Chris Bender’s request to add a new fireman to his crew. After council approved his request, Hamilton also expressed his need to add another person to the Service Department.
The New Boston Village Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m., in the Vern Riffe Community Center, in New Boston. The next regular council meeting is March 3.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.