POMEROY — While the ongoing construction may be causing a headache for drivers in the Village of Pomeroy, there is an end in sight.
During a recent council meeting a completion date for the sewer project and the paving project to follow was estimated to be mid-November.
Currently, crews are working on the sewer lines near the Mulberry and Union avenue areas.
After the sewer project is completed, the village has received a grant for paving on Mulberry Avenue, Union Avenue and Butternut Avenue. Other areas where the road and landscape have been disturbed — including Lincoln Hill, Condor Street and Spring Avenue — will be restored in accordance with the sewer project.
The village approved advertising for paving bids during the meeting.
In other business, council discussed the placement of signs within the village. The issue of both temporary and permanent signs within the village was once again discussed. Village Clerk Sonya Wolfe is to work on locating any current ordinance with regard to signs.
OPWC grant funding was discussed. The village will submit two applications, one for sewer expansion and one for paving and sidewalks. The paving and sidewalk project would be in the downtown area, while the sewer expansion would be in the unsewered area along Ohio 833.
Council President Ruth Spaun asked if the village should work to get sewer service in the areas where it is not currently available in the village rather than out side of village limits.
Mayor Jackie Welker advised that it appears the EPA will mandate the work in the future for both areas. Mitch Altier of ME Companies who works on the grant projects noted that grant funding would currently be available for the area of Ohio 833, but the area on Lincoln Hill within the village would likely not be covered.
Spaun asked about the recent music video featuring members of the Pomeroy Police Department and village police cars. Spaun asked if the matter had been approved by council, with it being noted that it had not been presented to council prior to the video. There was no additional discussion on the matter.
Residents Charles Stewart and Rose Barnhouse discussed water issues in the Monkey Run area with council, noting that water runs over and around the drains when it rains, causing water in their basement. The drains in the area are to be checked to see if the problem can be resolved.
Donnie May introduced him self to council. He is running for the position of Pomeroy Mayor in the upcoming election.
Jim Ruark asked council about the procedure to hiring employees. Ruark asked if current employees were considered for vacant position and made aware of openings in addition to public postings. Council noted that current employees should be made aware of any openings.