Washingtonville council acts to raise pay for village police

WASHINGTONVILLE – Council voted unanimously to draft legislation to give the police department raises during Mondays meeting.

Councilman Jim Smith brought the issue up saying it has been tabled for a long time.

Mayor Will Jones said, “We’ve talked about this for three months” and Fiscal Officer Dale Davis said he needed to begin the process with legislation.

The proposed legislation will increase the starting patrolman wage from $9 to $12.50 per hour; corporal from $9.25 to $13 per hour; sergeant from $9.50 to $13.50 per hour; assistant chief from $10 to $13.75 per hour; and chief from $11 to $14 per hour.

In other police business, the newest member of the department, Gabriel Manner, was sworn into office.

Jones also asked council to consider adding a third seasonal employee to the street department “as long as they don’t go over the hours” allocated to the department.

Council agreed and Jones said he would obtain applications for the next meeting. Anyone interested can call 330-427-1526 and leave a message.

Street department Foreman Ed Garrett requested 10 new American flags for the village streets for holidays.

He said they put out betwen 43 and 45 flags and about 36 are in decent shape while others are torn and frayed.

Davis said there was about $703 in the flag fund and council approved the request. Garrett said the brackets were OK.

Councilman Herman Frank wondered about having the flags donated and Davis said the VFW has supplied poles and Frank said he would contact the VFW post.

In other business, Jones provided council with three estimates to fix the sinkhole at the northwest corner of Union Street and South County Road.

Garrett advised council about it last month, noting it was about four feet long and two- to two-and-a-half feet wide.

At the last meeting, utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat said a 75-foot section of pipe will be needed and placed the preliminary cost at about $1,196 for that and labor at around $1,354.

The quotes, with different features, were $4,312 from Hillcrest Excavating; $9,950 from Hippley Excavating; and $4,181 from Batzli Excavating. Council said it will see about obtaining a grant for that repair.

The Boston Street culvert received a $26,560 Ohio Public Works Commission grant approval, Jones said and asked for a council member to contact the Salem engineering firm of Howells and Baird regarding an estimate.

Council President Ramona Custer said she will contact the company. Davis said the state bidding threshold is currently $50,000 “and anything under that you don’t have to bid.”

Also, in other business, council set a cleanup day for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21.

Jones said, “I want the village cleaned up” adding they have been passing out warnings for unkempt properties.

He also asked for a list of residences that are in need of mowing; and council also passed the annual resolutions regarding the distribution and formula for the Local Government fund unanimously.