Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy”

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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