Therese A Boerger Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC

Manchester village council holds first meeting of the new year

The Manchester Village council met Tuesday evening, Jan. 5 before a full house of concerned citizens at the village’s Community Building. The evening’s agenda included the swearing in of two council members who won seats in the Nov. election: Christine Henderson and C.L. “Skip” Wagner were given the oath by newly-elected mayor, Robert Hilderbrand.

Following the completion of regular business, members of the community were invited to address their questions and concerns to the council.

Linda Rossman expressed her concern about the council’s decision to make cuts to the village’s police force. “I’m very concerned about our police protection,” she told the council. “I think we should cut other things instead of our police protection.”

Mayor Hilderbrand explained that the town’s general fund was empty. “We can’t move money around, we’ve been borrowing money from Peter to pay Paul for too long,” the mayor told those assembled. “We’ve taken money from the general fund for 17 years to meet expenses, but we are no longer allowed to do that.”

He assured those present that he and Chief Jeff Bowling were searching for alternative solutions to bolster the police department throughout the coming year. “By 2017 we will be out of the hole,” he told those present. “If we don’t make these cuts now, come May, we won’t have any funds for the police department.”

Another community member, Liz Fernandez, raised the issue of overgrown trees and shrubs on private properties that were obscuring street signs and creating safety hazards for drivers. “This is a safety hazard,” she stated. “These bushes hide oncoming traffic, we’ve even had complaints from bus drivers and I’d like to know why the problem hasn’t been taken care of.”

Following several minutes of discussion, the council asked Police Chief Bowling to deliver letters to the home owners warning that conditions on their property represented a danger to the general public and were to be cleaned up.

There was also discussion concerning potholes in village streets that were not being repaired. Once again Mayor Hilderbrand explained that the town simply didn’t have the money to make the necessary repairs.

Earl “Buster” Ruark, head of the Manchester Street Department told those present, “The issue has been brought up before, but there is no money to fix the potholes, I can only spend what they allow me to spend, at the end of the year, the department is broke.”

Manchester’s street department is funded solely by a gas tax. In recent years the number of gas stations in Manchester has dwindled from six to one. Mayor Hilderbrand said, “It is vital that we all buy gas in Manchester because that money funds the street department, it’s the only way we have to generate revenue. If we buy gas out of town, we aren’t supporting our street department.”

The mayor also spoke at length about the need to continue cleaning up properties in the village. “We have a beautiful town here, we all grew up here, and we take pride in it. We need to get it cleaned up and the only way we’re going to do it is to push the issue and show people that we mean business, clean it up or else.”

The mayor and council intend to take stern measures against those who fail to clean up their properties.

Once a clean up order is issued, the town will step in if the owner fails to abide by the order. “We will clean it up,” Hilderbrand said, then, we will bill them and if the bill isn’t paid within a specified period of time, we will foreclose on the property to get our money back.”

He also acknowledged that it would take time and cooperation to accomplish their goals, “Manchester needs a Beautification Committee, and every citizen of the village is a member, it’s going to take everyone working together to get things done. No one is going to invest a nickel in this town if they wouldn’t live in it. We can ask for businesses to come, but until we bring back pride in home ownership, they won’t. It’s going to take volunteers,” he added, “you can’t do a lot with $5, but you can with volunteers.”

Newly elected Manchester village council members, C.L. “Skip” Wagner and Christine Henderson being sworn into office by Mayor Robert Hilderbrand. elected Manchester village council members, C.L. “Skip” Wagner and Christine Henderson being sworn into office by Mayor Robert Hilderbrand. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

Several residents raised issues with Manchester’s mayor and village council members at their Jan. 5 meeting. residents raised issues with Manchester’s mayor and village council members at their Jan. 5 meeting. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Mayor calls for cooperation from village residents

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