Fireworks in February, that’s what the New Boston Village Council were discussing at their second regular meeting Tuesday.
New Boston plans on having their biggest fireworks so far with planning already in the works.
Not only was council discussing fireworks, but they also have set a date for Party in the Park in New Boston for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. All members of Village Council were present for the meeting as Mayor Junior Williams discussed both upcoming events with council.
Village Administrator, Steve Hamilton, discussed and thanked all those people who came out to help this past weekend, before the Ohio River crested. He mentioned the City of Portsmouth Service Works and Sewer Project, plus the Flood Defense and Sanitation, the Core of Engineers and others he may have forgotten, speaking of how they did not see the worse this time around, but it was nice to know that so many people and groups came out to help.
Village Councilman Jon Mills discussed the with council the recent Finance and Wage committee’s meeting Feb. 11 and said that the committee was to hold another meeting Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. The scheduled meeting is to continue discussion of a pay for the New Boston Police that is more competitive than it is now, as had been discussed in past meetings.
The Finance Committee also discussed in their meeting that council needs to purchase the Marcs Walkie-Talkies for the New Boston Police and four Panasonic heavy-duty laptops for the four cruisers, as Police Chief Steve Goins, reminded them that the computers they have now are at least 12 years old and that they get knocked out of certain police things due to the out of date computers.
Council, along with Mayor Williams, also discussed adding a few more holidays for New Boston village employees, while mentioning that they were the only government type office that was open this past President’s Day.
Councilman Mills made a motion and it was seconded by Councilman Ryan Ottney to have President’s Day off from here on out and also to have ‘Black Friday’ as a holiday also, all were in favor.
Village clerk, Lana Loper, then read the following Ordinances and Resolution:
Ordinance 6-2020 An ordinance transferring and appropriating amount in the various funds of the village; and declaring an emergency. Councilman Mills made a motion to suspend the rules and Councilman Mike Meehan seconded, with all in favor. Councilman Meehan then made the motion to adopt and Councilman Ryan Ottney seconded with all in favor.
Ordinance 7-2020 An ordinance to approve then and now certificate in excess of $3,000 for payment to Axon Enterprise, Inc., and declaring an emergency. (It was said that this would be a once a year thing). Councilman Mills made a motion to suspend the rules and Councilman Ralph Imes seconded and then-Councilman Mills made a motion to adopt and Councilman Ottney seconded with all in favor.
Second Readings: Ordinance 4-2020 An ordinance authorizing the issuance of a permit to the Challenger League 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 Ottney seconded with all in favor.
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. A motion was made by Councilman Mills and seconded by Councilman Ottney with all in favor.
A Resolution 2-2020 was also read by the clerk: By motion – A resolution commending the New Boston Boys’ Basketball Team for winning the SOC. A motion to adopt was made by Councilman Mills and seconded by Councilman Meehan and all were in favor.
Toward the end of the meeting as for new business, each of the councilmen wanted to thank all that help with the water and/or flood preparedness. Councilman Fetty brought up a motion to bring the purchasing of the Marcs radios and Panasonic computers with docking stations, in an ordinance at the next regular business meeting and bring it in as an emergency.
Legal Counsel, Justin Blume called for a short executive session to end the regular meeting.
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