Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

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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