Council seat filled

WASHINGTONVILLE – Before voting to re-elect Ramona Custer to the council president’s chair, council appointed Herman Frank II to the open seat that no one ran for in November.

With a 4-0 roll-call vote and Councilwoman Devon Davis absent Monday, Frank, who said his name didn’t appear on the ballot because he failed to sign one part of his petition, was appointed over Judy Smith, who was also interested in the seat.

A 20-year Washingtonville resident, Frank said he believes in the village and wanted to make it better.

He worked as the maintenance and transportation director at Leetonia Schools.

The term runs until Dec. 31, 2017.

Smith, who is the wife of Councilman Jim Smith, said she wanted to do what she could for the village.

Mayor Will Jones immediately swore Frank in and he took his seat on council, providing one of the 5-0 votes renaming Custer as president of council.

In other business, after giving the monthly police report, Sgt. Bill Beaver asked council to promote Officer Brandon Bridgewater from reserve status to a part-time patrolman.

Bridgewater was hired in August and council OK’d a resolution approving his part-time standing effective Jan. 10 with a 5-0 vote.

In his December report, Beaver said there were 15 reports with two assists to other departments; 185 security checks; 47 traffic warnings; and 55 traffic citations.

He said the annual department report will be available next month.

Council also approved vacation pay for Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat and New Years day pay for a utilities department employee who has been sick.

Jones said there is plenty of road salt and commended the street department for “keeping the roads clean.”

Jones added, “It’s been a heck of a winter.”

Union Street resident Shirley Flory asked about the alleys council was going to close and Jones acknowledged there was “some confusion” about it and explained the alleys were going to be surveyed and not closed.

He expected to have an estimate from a surveyor by the next regular meeting on Jan. 20.

Flory also registered a complaint about a cable service wire being torn from her residence by a “box truck” and Jones said they will try and do a better job of keeping an eye on that. Flory said it has happened twice.

She advised council of problem with a neighbor’s dog being on the loose also.

Jones advised he to call the police department while the dog is loose.

“We can’t have the police serve a violation without seeing it,” he said.

Council set a special meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 9) to hire a temporary fill in for the utilities department.