Flood and Water Concerns at New Boston


By Kimberly Jenkins - kjenkins@aimmediamidwest.com



Rain, rain and more rain in New Boston area seems to cause area residents to worry about possible flooding and other such concerns.

At the first meeting in February, for the New Boston Village Council, one of the major discussions was that of how the pumps were working and will they work if the Ohio River hits 50 feet. All council members were in attendance and Councilman Dan Fetty as president, resided in the meeting for Village clerk, Lana Loper as she was absent.

Village Administrator, Steve Hamilton had submitted some paperwork on the possibility of the rising of the Ohio River and its effect in New Boston. Hamilton expressed that they did not expect that to happen, even though there was more rain expected for the week. Hamilton did however, assure the Village Board that he and Mayor Junior Williams had things in order, if problems do arise. He said that they expected to turn on Pump #7 Friday at 7 p.m. Hamilton also said that with 2 of their pumps being worked on at this time, they had a temporary pumping system ready if needed.

Another issue that was discussed by the council with Hamilton was that of potholes in New Boston. Hamilton said that they had a different type of fill and that they had filled some holes in the day before and that the ones that were discussed would be filled the next day that it did not rain.

Other business at the meeting was the year-end report by the Village clerk was given to council, and several ordinances were read and voted upon:

Ordinance 3-2020 – An ordinance transferring and appropriating amounts in the various funds of the village and declaring an emergency. Councilman Jon Mills made a motion to suspend the rules and Councilman Fetty seconded the motion with all members in favor, Councilman Fetty made a motion to accept as an emergency and Councilman Vonald Patrick seconded that motion with all members in favor, and Councilman Mills made a motion to adopt the ordinance and Councilman Ralph Imes seconded that motion and the ordinance was passed.

A first reading of Ordinance 4-2020 – An ordinance authorizing the issuance of a permit to the Challenger League to solicit charitable contributions from the occupants of motor vehicles on a highway pursuant to a permit to be issued by the clerk at the direction of council. Councilman Mills made a motion accept the first reading and Councilman Mike Meehan seconded it with all members in favor.

First Reading of Ordinance 5-2020- An ordinance authorizing the issuance of a permit to the Bikers for Charity to solicit charitable contributions from occupants of motor vehicles on a highway pursuant to a permit to be issued by the clerk at the direction of council. Councilman Mills made a motion to accept and Councilman Meehan seconded, and all voted in favor.

Also discussed during the meeting was the New Boston High School Boys’ Basketball team winning the SOC outright for the first time since 1971. Councilman Mills made a motion to bring an Ordinance to be given in behalf of the Boys basketball team.

Councilman Fetty made a motion for Council to go into executive session at the end of the meeting.

By Kimberly Jenkins

kjenkins@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext. 1928

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