The New Boston Village Council had a busy night as they appointed a new councilman, promoted a police officer and hired two new police officers.
At the Council’s last meeting, John Whisman had turned in his resignation as a New Boston Village Council member, which left the Mayor and Council to find a replacement. Letters were accepted through Friday, Jan. 17, and received a total of five applicants. Right at the beginning of the meeting Tuesday, the Council voted to go into executive session to discuss the candidates and prepare to accept one.
Following the executive session, Mayor Junior Williams opened the regular meeting back up, with the Pledge of Allegiance and a silent prayer. Councilman Dan Fetty made a motion to start with appointing a new council member. Councilman Jon Mills made a motion to nominate Mike Mehan as the new council member and Councilman Ralph Imes seconded the motion. Councilman Ryan Ottney then made a motion to nominate Kim Cutlip, and no council member seconded that motion.
Councilman Mills then made a motion to appoint Mehan as the new councilman and Councilman Imes seconded that motion and the members each voted to accept Meehan.
Following the vote, Mayor Williams invited Mehan upfront to be sworn in as the newest member of the New Boston Village Council, then Meehan filled the open seat and the meeting proceeded.
“To keep this village running just as it has been there is not a fault with New Boston, the people care for each other…my concern is to keep the police officers, we’ve got to do something to retain them,” Mehan said sharing his thoughts on what he would like to do as a council member. “We hire them and train them and they leave and now we’re back in a vicious cycle. It puts a strain on the ones who stay, and the Chief is constantly in the training mode. We’ve got to solve that problem.”
The mayor discussed cleanup day with the Lawrence-Scioto County Waste Management and Councilman Mills made a motion for the cleanup day with Councilman Ottney seconding the motion and all voting in favor of the motion. Once the cleanup Day is completed and the necessary paperwork is turned in, the district will receive $1,000 from the Solid Waste Management.
The mayor also discussed a permit request from the Biker for Charity of Scioto County for their collection drive during the Christmas holidays and that permit will be brought to council at the next meeting.
During the meeting, New Boston Police Chief Steve Goins had submitted recommendations for an officer promotion and the hiring of two new officers. Goins recommended that Officer Jacob Emnett be appointed to the rank of Lieutenant for a one-year probationary period. The recommendation stated that Emnett who was hired in September 2018 with seven years of experience and has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism in his responsibilities and duties. The motion was made by Councilman Dan Fetty to make accept the promotion and it was seconded by Councilman Ottney and all were in favor.
Goins also made a recommendation for hiring Larry Anderson as a Probationary Lieutenant for the New Boston Police Department. Anderson is an Ohio Officer Training Academy Instructor with more than 27 years of law enforcement experience where he retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol after 25 years of service as a State Trooper and is currently a Special Deputy with the Pike County Ohio Sheriff Department. A motion was may by Councilman Fetty and seconded by Councilman Imes a vote was taken and approved with Councilman Mills abstaining.
Goins’ final recommendation was for the hiring of Travis McKenzie as a probationary police officer for a period of one year. McKenzie is currently a Deputy Jailer at the Scioto County Jail. Councilman Fetty made a motion to hire McKenzie and Councilman Vonald Patrick seconded that motion and a vote of all in favor was taken.
Other business conducted during the meeting included Village Administrator Steve Hamilton discussing the pump work being done and Phase 7 of the project with Strand, and Fire Chris Davis said his report was in the council members packet. Chief Goins also turned in an Annual Overview Report with information concerning the Police Department.
Mayor Williams discussed with the Village Council the need for the New Boston Police Department to replace computers that are around 10 years old and are outdated. Williams and Goins also brought up to Council that their radios are the only ones that are not all Marcs in Scioto County.
They discussed the importance of the radios all needing to be the Marcs in order for the Village to be able to communicate with other officers here and in Columbus if there was an emergency or other events. Mayor Williams stated to Council that Chief Goins has tried every avenue to get grants and so forth to help alleviate the costs, but only two radios were granted. Council members discussed with the mayor what they would exactly need and the possible total costs to the Village. The issue will be discussed in a soon to be scheduled finance meeting with Council members.
The Village Council then voted on Ordinance 2-2020 An ordinance transferring and appropriating amounts in the various funds of the village; and declaring an emergency, a motion was made by Councilman Mills and seconded by Councilman Patrick to suspend the ruled and then a motion was and all were in favor to adopt. Council was then adjourned.
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