Powhatan Point plagued by financial problems

POWHATAN POINT – The village’s financial situation was the major topic discussed Tuesday night by Powhatan Village Council, which also approved two ordinances.

As the treasurer’s report was studied, it was noted by Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Armann-Blue that there will be a loss of about $40,000 in income tax in 2014. The revenue loss is due to the offices of Murray Energy and the Powhatan Elementary School being moved outside the village. Council noted that property taxes also will go down, citing the move of the two businesses.

In preparing the 2014 calendar year budget, Armann-Blue said she will reduce the general fund amount by $40,000 to $310,000 for the year. Council voted 6-0 to accept the budget.

Council unanimously adopted two ordinances on an emergency basis.

The first ordinance authorizes a contract with Trigg Construction Home Improvement, Bellaire, for repairs to the municipal building, fire station and garage. The job was bid at $20, 635.

The second ordinance authorizes a contract with A-1 Blacktop and Repair, Wheeling, for asphalt work. The firm is to patch four areas, seal and repaint lines at a cost of $3,500.

Councilman Dave Walters, reporting on the grant from JB Green Team, said that due to the financial situation of the village, the grant purchases have been amended. The 12 benches originally proposed were scaled back to eight. Seven of the benches will be placed at the marina and one at Community Park. The number of trash containers and bench pads also were reduced. According to Walters, the eight concrete bench pads will cost an estimated $425. Total cost of the equipment is $5,489.50. Labor costs are not included nor is there an estimate. The grant is in the amount of $5,000,and $2,500 has been donated toward the project.

On a motion by Walters, the recycled equipment will be purchased from Polly Products of Mulliken, Mich.

Reporting on the grant application for restroom repairs at the marina, it was noted that documents had been signed by Mayor Mark McVey and will go out in today’s mail.

Armann-Blue, representing the village park district, announced a youth swim from 7-10 tonight; a swim will be held Thursday from 7-10 for adults age 30 and over.

McVey reminded council of the Aug. 7 deadline for persons to have their petitions to the board of elections if they plan to run for office.

Four Powhatan village council seats will be available.

At the request of the mayor, council entered into executive session to discuss personnel with regard to hiring. No action was taken as a result of the session.

Visitors to the meeting included Becky Bier and Louis Krempasky.

Bier questioned council about a lien against a “sliver of land” adjacent to property she plans to purchase. McVey plans to talk to the village solicitor about matter.

Krempasky questioned the lack of action concerning tall grass and junk cars on properties near his Mellott Street home. His questions were referred to the police chief.

Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Aug. 6, beginning at 6 p.m.