NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Town Council gave its blessings to the establishment of a local historical society at its latest meeting.
College student Chris Rizer appeared before the council with plans of re-establishing a historical society in Mason County. Rizer is known for leading a high school delegation in the cleaning and clearing of Brown Cemetery in Hartford during his senior year at Wahama.
Now a student at Shepherd University majoring in historic preservation, Rizer is seeking support to begin the historical society. He told council members there are several cemeteries that he would like to see cleaned up, as well as some older buildings and homes he would like to see preserved.
In another matter, Mayor Charles Yonker mentioned the fact that employee John Oldaker is retiring, but will remain under contract employment to conduct “operator in training” supervision for employees Harvey Bush and Dave Greene. Oldaker will also keep the town compliant with state regulations and help during the upcoming water project.
The council had concerns about Bush and Greene being trained an equal number of hours. The mayor assured council that this would be done.
It was announced the Farmers Market will begin May 28 at the New Haven Park. It will be open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with no ending date set at this time.
Jackie Blain, one of the market organizers, asked the council if she could provide educational urban agriculture classes. The council agreed. Any vendors wishing to set up at the market should contact Blain.
In other action, the council:
Heard that the police department is in search of a certified, part-time officer;
Discussed a building permit request from Mikka Kincaid for an above ground swimming pool and if Kincaid was told the pool must be fenced in;
Announced Jamie Greene as the team leader for other workers in the garbage department;
Heard a report that a town well is down and is being repaired; and,
Approved accounts payable, the financial report, and minutes of the previous meeting.
Attending were Mayor Yonker, Recorder Roberta Hysell, and council members Jessica Howard, Amy Gordon, Smitty Jarrell, Jim Elias and Ken Vickers.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.