Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic

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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