Interim Powhatan police chief resigns

POWHATAN POINT – Two ordinances were approved Tuesday night by Powhatan Village Council, which also took action to accept the resignation of Interim Police Chief Rich Young.

Mayor Mark McVey read the letter of resignation submitted by Young, who has accepted a full-time position as patrolman with the Shadyside Police Department. Young has been with the Powhatan department for six-and-a -half years.

McVey thanked him for his service to the village and offered his best wishes. The mayor said that although he hates to see Young leave, he would never want to stop a person from moving into a better position in life. Councilman Jerry Binni, with regrets, moved to accept the resignation, which becomes effective Oct. 13.

In his letter, Young noted two pending cases which would be difficult for another officer to handle, should it be passed along, and indicated he would see those cases through to the end. He also said that he would work on a part-time basis if council agreed. On a motion by Binni, council voted to re-hire Young on a part-time, as-needed basis.

In another employee-related matter; at the request of McVey, council entered into an executive session to discuss personnel with regard to hiring. Following that session, Susan Craig was employed to work in the front office on a part-time, as-needed basis.

In addition to two ordinances, officials adopted one resolution.

The resolution was to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and to authorize the necessary tax levies, certifying them to the county auditor.

Approved was an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Michael Wallace, as an independent contractor, to assist in the enforcement of the local zoning ordinances and flood plain laws. As such, Wallace will provide direction to enforce the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain regulations. He will work on an as-needed basis and will be paid an hourly rate of $20, not to exceed the total maximum of $8,000. The village will provide all equipment, tools, and supplies necessary to perform the job. As an independent contractor, Wallace will be responsible for his own mileage expenses.

An ordinance was adopted, authorizing a contract with Ohio-West Virginia Excavating for hauling storm debris to a compost dump site owned by Nathan Lehman.

Both ordinances were approved 4-0 and on an emergency basis. Absent were Councilmen Sam Armann and Dave Walters.

Approved was a request by Fire Chief Tom Nelms to purchase three sets of dress uniforms, 20 department dress shirts, two brigade polo shirts and two jackets. Total price tag: $1,401.50.

Solicitor Charlie Bean informed council that he had, per their request, sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Transportation with regard to the control box which operates the traffic light at the intersection of Ohio 7 and Ohio 148. The control box was installed on a pole, below flood level. The matter has been discussed at prior meetings. It is the village’s stance that the traffic light project was engineered by ODOT, and it is therefore the responsibility of ODOT to pay for moving the control box up out of the Captina Creek flood plain.

Asked by Councilman John Mitchell about the South End Drainage Project, Mayor McVey said that according to Brian Hendershot, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating, the job is expected to start Monday and be completed this month.

Council set Halloween trick or treat for Oct. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. Persons wishing to participate should put their porch lights on.

Matt Coffland, who is campaigning for re-election as county commissioner, visited the meeting to introduce himself and to review some of the projects in which he has been involved since becoming commissioner.