Peebles Elementary hosts PBIS showcase NAES student starting Christmas Card project Try and tell them that nobody cares Senior Profile: Ethan Thompson 15-point lead vanishes, Hounds fall in season opener Deer Gun Season results down all across Ohio Hometown Christmas in Peebles rings in the holiday season Manchester Elementary receives 2016 Momentum Award Drug bust in West Union Stephen C Foster Donna Rivers WUES students perform as part of Honor Choir Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak access completed Hall of Fame Christmas in Portsmouth Thyme to trim the Christmas Tree Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES

COUNCIL MINUTES

West Union Village Council met in regular session at the Municipal Building, with Mayor Ted Grooms presiding. Call to order, pledge to the flag and roll call: John Lafferty – present, Mark Brewer – present, Benny McCarty – present, Jason Buda – present, Randy Brewer – present, Steve Rothwell – present; also in attendance: Tanya Johnson – clerk, Shelley Gifford – treasurer, Jerry Kirker – Village Administrator/Fire Chief, Roy Stricklett – Police Chief. Visitors: Robyn Ekstrand – tax administrator, Terri J. Motil – West Union Life Squad.

Motion by Mark Brewer to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on May 12, 2015 as distributed, second by Benny McCarty, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed.

Motion by Steve Rothwell to approve payment of bills as submitted, seconded by Randy Brewer, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed.

Robyn Ekstrand, tax administrator spoke to council on the progress of the tax returns for 2013 and 2014.

Motion by Benny McCarty to have the community yard sale, June 5, 6, and 7, second by Mark Brewer, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed.

Terri J. Motil, West Union Life Squad, informed the council the Life Squad has been very busy with just under 1,000 runs, but everything else seems to be running good.

The council discussed a house at 504 West South Street subject to be taken down; and other homes that need clean-up and mowed.

Report from Jerry Kirker, Village Administrator/Fire Chief

1. Kirker had a discussion with our engineering firm on communication; the village had not received word from the contractor, Caldwell Tanks on the development of the new water tower project. This problem has been resolved, the first stage, legs for the water tower are up. There is a water line issue; a six-inch line will be needed to tie into the 10-inch line to supply the valley.

2. Good month for the meter reading for the Water/Sewer Department, some people came from Kentucky and helped the employees with bad meters and other issues.

3. The Sewer Department is still having some issues with the lift stations.

Roy Stricklett, Police Chief, discussed some issues with drugs being sold and requested $1,000 for drug purchasing, motion by Benny McCarty for this money, second by John Lafferty, roll call vote: three yea, Jason Buda, Randy Brewer and Steve Rothwell – nay; the mayor broke the tie with a nay vote; motion failed. The police chief discussed cruiser repair and a part-time police officer, no action was taken.

Council member Mark Brewer wanted to know if the auxiliary officer could help with the Freedom Festival at the fairgrounds on the 4th of July, Stricklett will check with him.

Council member Steve Rothwell informed council on the recommendation of the Finance Committee with the problems at the various lift stations, the flow meter at the wastewater plant and the debt for the Sewer Department. Motion by Steve Rothwell for Resolution 2015-7 for the Clerk to make a new line item in the General Fund for all of these problems with the Sewer Department in the amount of: $150,000, second by Benny McCarty, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed.

The mayor wants to thank the West Union Lions Club for the donations of the new flags for the village.

Motion by Benny McCarty to adjourn, second by Steve Rothwell, roll call vote: all yea, motion passed.

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