WINTERSVILLE – The village council on Thursday amended the village parking ordinance to ban long-term parking of campers and other large vehicles on village streets and approved a 3% increase for village employees.
Council amended an existing ordinance that limits parking for more than two hours on certain sides of specific streets to prohibit the presence of boats, campers, RVs, storage containers and trailers on any street for longer than two hours.
City Councilor Jason Mattern, who sits on the village ordinances committee, said the decision was made to ensure access for firefighters, paramedics and utility personnel was not blocked by larger vehicles .
Council also approved the general increase of the 29 village employees retroactively to January.
Mattern has said in recent years that the board has periodically increased employee salaries by 2-3% to reflect the rising cost of living, but did not do so last year due to financial issues spurred by the pandemic.
The council also approved another amendment order increasing the clothing allowance for village police officers from $ 250 to $ 500.
Mattern said officers had in fact received the latter amount in recent years, but the order had not been amended to reflect this.
In other cases, Police Chief Art Fowler has announced that his department has received praise from executives at Lexipol Connect for their knowledge of state policies for handling scenarios ranging from mental health crises to threats to illness. school safety to animal complaints.
Fowler explained that his agents were periodically tested on their knowledge of these policies by Lexipol Connect, a private online training platform established by professionals in the fields of law enforcement and law.
Lexipol Connect Commendation Indicates Wintersville Department Achieved Gold Status “To disseminate policies consistently and effectively to officers, issue timely policy updates as laws change, and ensure officers are trained on policies.”
Mayor Robbie Martin applauded Fowler and his ministry for “Bring national recognition to Wintersville”.
Martin and Mattern commented on the loss of Phyllis Foreman, a former Wintersville city councilor who died on June 19 at the age of 78.
“Phyllis was an exceptional person on the board” Martin said.
He said foreman “Was generally sweet as a cat” but raised her voice when she felt that a problem had to be solved.
A retired employee of the Ohio Department of Social Services, Foreman was active in the Unionport Order of the Eastern Star and other civic groups.
∫ Mattern said the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission has once again been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal community development grant funds for which local municipalities and other organizations can apply.
He encouraged other council members to consider plans for the funds, which he said were then used by the village for the Knolls water pipe project and served other purposes.
∫ Council approved the installation by Freshwater Contracting of a new door and canopy for the village water service at a cost of $ 2,675.
∫ City Councilor Gael Damron said the village beautification committee met and discussed various ideas, including adding picnic tables to local parks and creating a large sign. metal welcome on which local civic groups could attach their own signs.
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