Powhatan beefs up police force

THE RETENTION of a recycling program was announced at Tuesday night’s meeting of Powhatan Village Council, whose members took action to hire two police officers.

Negotiations between JB Green Team and Shadyside Cartage Co. have resulted in the keeping of curbside pickup of recycling materials, according to Mayor Mark McVey. The mayor said Shadyside Cartage will continue pickups on the same schedule, which is alternate Mondays. The materials will be taken to recycling bins located in York Township where the JB Green Team will collect them, thus saving time and mileage for the cartage company.

McVey encourages village residents to join the recycling efforts, making it possible for the program to continue. The efforts will also keep tons of recyclables out of local landfills, which in turn will help in keeping cartage rates down.

Following a short executive session called for personnel, officials hired two police officers. Jason West of Martins Ferry was hired as a part-time officer provided he passes a physical examination for that position. At a later date, he will be required to pass another physical exam in order to become a full-time officer.

Also hired was Michael Clark of Colliers, W.Va. He will work on a part-time basis provided he passes the mandatory physical exam. Clark, who currently works in a security position in Jefferson County, was present at the council meeting.

Councilman Dave Walters, reporting for council’s planning committee, said that a building permit had been issued to Dollar General. According to Walters, plans are to break ground by the end of this week or Monday. He said it will take six to eight weeks to erect the structure.

The board of public affairs plans to hire a full-time employee for the street department. Having been posted in-house, the position will be advertised in The Times Leader. Resumes are to be received at the municipal building by 5 p.m. on Dec. 14. Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18, prior to the regular council session, to review applications.

In an unrelated police matter, it was announced that the village’s new police cruiser has been delivered. A short discussion was held in regard to scrapping the old cruiser, which council had agreed to do at a previous meeting.

McVey reported to council that a change order on the Ohio 7 South Drainage Project had caused the cost to go over the village’s $25,000 of permissive funds. He noted that although the scope of work was slightly more, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating did not charge more than the $25,000. He expressed his gratitude to the company as well as to A.C. Weekley, grant administrator; Bel-O-Mar; and county commissioners, who awarded a Community Development Block Grant for the project.

Council agreed to continue employee health insurance with the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley.

Council’s finance committee will meet Monday at 4 p.m. to discuss appropriations.