Mike Bell, of Daymar College, stood to ask council’s permission for adults to collect money from motorists at the 139 intersection next to CVS, and at the entrance to Wal-Mart, on May 9. The money would benefit the handicapped Challenger League baseball, which needs to raise $13,000 to send the children to the Ohio All-Stars in Cleveland. Council agreed to bring an ordinance allowing the league to collect money in the village, contingent upon the ordinance passing after three readings.
Council confirmed the appointment of Jeffrey Craig as New Boston probationary trainee firefighter, and also promoted New Boston police officer Diane Davis to the rank of lieutenant, and police officer Steven Nagel to the rank of sergeant. All three were officially sworn in at the end of council’s meeting. New Boston Police Chief Darrold Clark also said officer Jack Harr has left the department.
Councilman Mike Payton asked council to bring an ordinance congratulating Jennifer Miller as the 2009 Glenwood High School River Days candidate. Payton also recognized New Boston Schools participation in the University College Access Network (UCAN) scholarship program with Scioto Foundation.
Councilwoman Shelly Hickman-Aeh asked for an update on Infra-Metals — an Atlanta-based steel fabrication company who has been negotiating to build a plant in New Boston on the site of a former diesel repair shop.
“We applied for the Clean Ohio Fund, and we have to wait and see if its accepted. I think we’ve been granted maybe $300,000 for the diesel shop. We’re also applying for funding for the coke plant, and it’s very promising. It just takes time,” New Boston Mayor James Warren said.
Village Administrator and Code Enforcement Officer Steve Hamilton informed council of the new village street sweeping schedule. Beginning April 13, the street sweeper will run during the second week of each month. Gallia Street and Shale Bank Drive will be swept on Monday; Rhodes Avenue and Clayport Road will be swept on Tuesday; Harrisonville, Lakeview, Columbia and Pennsylvania avenues, as well as Pine, Spruce, Cedar, Oak, Maple, York and Taft streets will be swept on Wednesday; Stanton, Ohio, West, Peebles and Manning avenues, as well as Buch, Finney, Stewart, Grace and Vine streets will be swept on Thursday; and Center Street, Glenwood Avenue, and the highway outside of Wal-Mart will be swept on Friday. Hamilton said the sweeper would run between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“If people want the streets cleaned in front of their house, they might want to find someplace to park their car,” he said.
Hamilton also informed council that he would begin strengthening enforcement of village parking ordinances 351.06 through 351.14. The ordinances impose a fine of $250, and no more than $500, for illegally parking in a handicapped parking spot. He also asked council to impose a $50 fine for illegally parking in fire lanes, which would double to $100 if not paid within 48 hours. All other parking violations are typically $5 and double to $10 if not paid within 48 hours.
The New Boston Village Council meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Vern Riffe Community Center, on Rhodes Avenue in New Boston. The next scheduled meeting is April 7. A posting of council agendas, minutes, ordinances and schedule can also be found on the village Web site, www.newbostonvillage.com.