Washingtonville officer to keep track of nuisance cases

WASHINGTONVILLE – One police officer will be the record keeper for warnings and summons sent to residents regarding nuisance properties, Assistant Police chief Mark Husk said Monday.

“This way we have one officer working on it at all times,” Husk said, “whether it’s a warning or a summons.”

He explained the spread sheet is designed in such a way “that he can keep track of the date and there’s no confusion.”

In other police business, Husk said there were three rear-end traffic accidents in June with two of them at the South County Road and state Route 14 intersection.

The intersection is set for a major upgrade by the Ohio Department of Transportation and Husk said that should help when the traffic light is installed.

Husk also wondered who was responsible for mowing the grass at the bike trail and Fiscal Officer Dale Davis said it was the county parks district’s.

Mayor Will Jones commended Officer Troy Mackall and the street department for work after last week’s storm leveled a tree and blocking state Route 14.

He said they did a good job of “having the road closed for only 15 minutes.”

Jones also wanted to remind people that to call 911 only for emergencies while noting there were calls for a tree that was knocked down on the bike trail.

“Unless someone is under it, it’s not an emergency,” he said.

Road Foreman Ed Garrett said he purchased a Ryobi pole saw that has worked out well, noting it is like a weed-wacker on a pole. He has been using the pole saw on areas preparing for the chip and seal program; and Councilwoman Theresa Allison thanked John Wilms for mowing a corner in the village.

Council also discussed the bridge on Boston Street that is deteriorating. Council President Ramona Custer wondered about placing something there to let people know there is a problem.

Jones said a bicycle wheel could get caught in the gap and the person could “lose a bicycle.”

Garrett said he was thinking about filling it with sticks and placing some tape at the site.

In other business, Jones said ODOT District 11 notified the village it is holding a pre-construction meeting in New Philadelphia for the state Route 14 and South County Road intersection project on July 9.

The job was bid out to R.T. Vernal Paving Co. of North Lima at $901,744 and typically construction starts a couple of weeks to a month after the pre-construction meeting,” according to an ODOT official.

Also village officials will meet at 9:30 a.m. July 13 for the “Keep Washingtonville Beautiful Day.” Residents can volunteer if they want. The cleanup begins at 10 a.m.

Councilwoman Devon Davis was unable to attend Monday’s meeting because she is hospitalized in Allegheny Hospital, Jones said.

Councilman Jim Smith was also absent from the meeting.