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Nathan Jeffers
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NEW HAVEN — At the most recent meeting of the Town of New Haven Council, council members discussed purchasing a used vehicle for the police department.


It was reported the members of the council were presented information regarding the purchase of a used vehicle from Mark Porter’s in Pomeroy, Ohio. Council members also stated that they weren’t against purchasing a used vehicle for the police department, but had concerns about purchasing this particular one. During the discussion, Councilman Kenneth Vickers added that town should look into the possibility of repairing the current jeep patriot.


Following the discussion, it was decided that Vickers, along with Councilman Jim Elias and Police Chief Hardwick would discuss this matter further and possibly go look at potential vehicles to purchase.


Also concerning the police department, a motion was put on the table for Police Chief Hardwick’s pay to come out of all accounts and not just the police account with a first from Elias and a second from Councilwoman Amy Ferguson. Motion carried.


Concerning city hall, Mayor George Gibbs recommended during the meeting to set up a schedule that involved two council members looking over the town’s financial reports on a monthly basis. A motion was made by Elias to allow the Mayor to make such a schedule with a second from Councilwoman Jessica Howard. Motion carried.


Also concerning city hall, it was stated at the meeting that council members had been polled via telephone regarding changing the code for the front office door at city hall. It was stated that the mayor and those who work in the office were to be the only ones with the code for the door. It was added that town workers should enter through the side door to clock in and out. It was also stated during the meeting that since the code had been changed, the Chief of Police and patrolmen have also been given the code.


Concerning the street department, Mayor Gibbs polled the council to allow E & R Excavating to begin working on 7th Street as soon as possible. Gibbs also polled then council to put a hold on this to allow Jack Ramsey with Triad Engineering to make some contacts regarding the funding to help fix this issue. All members were in favor to put a hold on E & R Excavating.


Concerning recreation, it was announced that Ferguson and Councilwoman Sarah Gibbs were assigned to parks and recreation. Mayor Gibbs asked that the two council members work on creating an ordinance for recreation.


In other council news, it was stated that town workers need to order clothing for the year. A motion to allow the purchase was made by Sarah Gibbs with a second from Elias. Motion carried. Concerning wastewater, it was also announced at the meeting that the first reading of the sewer extension ordinance will be held in a public meeting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 6.


Jack Ramsey from Triad Engineering also presented the council with a final O&M agreement. A motion was made to accept with a first from Sarah Gibbs and a second from Ferguson. Motion carried.


A citizen attending the meeting spoke to the council, asking that the council schedule a seminar with the Mason County Sherriff Department on “Storm Readiness.” It was added that the seminar would be free and open to the public and would last around one hour. Mayor Gibbs will set up a date for this seminar and report back to the public.


Another citizen also discussed the closing of the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets with the council, stating he has spoken with other citizens surrounding the alley who are also in favor of its closing. A motion to close the alley was made by Elias with a second from Ferguson. Motion carried.


The following building permits were also presented to the council: permit number 688, Moving building; permit number 689, repairs of roof and siding; permit number 690, adding carport on existing building; permit number 691, new roof. A motion was made by Ferguson with a second from Howard to approve permit 688, 689, and 691. Permit number 690 was denied due to some concern. One abstention was noted due to being on the zoning board. Motion carried.


It was also announced at the meeting that Recorder Roberta Hysell is to contact the state tax department regarding a business license in the town. Mayor Gibbs also recommended that the town attorney, Craig Tatterson, send a letter to this business. The council also discussed a variance for 126 Mill Street, and it was stated a letter is to be writing and brought before the council on the agreement of the variance.


Council members also acknowledged all those who were involved in the recent “Back to School Party,” which was reported as a success. Council members were grateful for all those who donated items, money, and their time.


The minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved with a first from Sarah Gibbs and a second from Howard. Accounts payable were approved with a first from Elias and a second from Howard. The financial report was also approved with a first from Elias and a second from Howard. All three motions carried.


In addition to Mayor George Gibbs, council members present were Jessica Howard, Sarah Gibbs, Kenneth Vickers, Jim Elias, Amy Ferguson and Recorder Robert Hysell.


The Town of New Haven Council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6, at the town hall, with the public meeting for the reading of the sewer ordinance beginning at 5 p.m.


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