The New Boston Village Council recognized the safety efforts of a community volunteer Tuesday at its monthly meeting, and made plans for celebrating the Fourth of July.
Mayor Junior Williams spoke to a visitor, the Safety Pup of New Boston, and told him council had a recognition for him.
“This is a proclamation for Safety Pup, a long-time dedicated resident of New Boston, who has volunteered to serve as Safety Pup for the New Boston Police Department in the New Boston Schools. Safety Pup was created by the National Child Safety Council to promote safety in our neighborhood school children. New Boston is one of 9,000 Safety Pups throughout the United States in schools and police departments alike. And the message of Safety Pup could not be shared if the man (who wished to remain anonymous in the media) in the suit did not suit up as him,” Williams said. “For almost 20 years, he has entertained and educated thousands of school children on the importance of being safe. Whereas on behalf of myself and the New Boston Village Council, I want to express my genuine appreciation to [Safety Pup] for his service and dedication to the school children of New Boston. I urge all residents in the village of New Boston to join me to show our appreciation to [him] for his volunteer efforts and community service, and his spirit that is felt by so many. Congratulations, Safety Pup.”
The mayor announced that plans from the Veteran’s Administration to move from Portsmouth to New Boston were given to him, and that they will be expanding and building onto the old Creative Possibilities building.
Steve Hamilton, village administrator, provided information on the upcoming paving in New Boston, saying it will be done from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to keep the roads up and running during the daylight hours.
Among the committee reports given were the Finance Committee, which reported that members had a meeting to discuss the 2019 budgets and other concerns.
Lands, Parks & Recreation spokesman Ryan Ottney reported that the committee discussed purchasing swing sets for both Millbrook and James Warren parks, and gave an estimated cost for both parks. He also said the committee wants to purchase new basketball rims and painting of lines at the courts. He also discussed the possibility of having fireworks for July 4 in New Boston.
Jon Mills asked if the committee had made a decision on a date for the fireworks — July 3 or 4 — and Ottney said it had not. Council subsequently voted to have the fireworks display be on July 4, and also appropriated funds for the fireworks.
Council also appropriated funds for the swings, as recommended by the Lands, Parks & Recreation Committee.
Council adopted a resolution to suspend the rules for three readings of the upcoming tax levy.
John Whisman brought up to council the posting of signs and posters in the village, and asked if there was something that could be done about them. Following discussion, Williams said he will look into the temporary ones and what is to be done.
Council voted to adjorn to executive session to discuss personnel matters. Upon returning from executive session, a separate vote was held recommending firefighters Justin Sharp and Nathan Fannin be promoted to the rank of driver. Council unanimously passed the motion to promote, which has a one-year probationary period before the final appointment.
A recommendation was made that Capt. Robert Deerfield receive his final appointment as police captain, which passed 4-2, with Jon Mills and Don Raike opposing the recommendation.
The next regular meeting of the New Boston Village Council will be June 5.
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