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Carrollton, Ohio

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Sheriff granted approval to update automotive fleet By Carol McIntire Editor Four new sheriff’s cruisers could hit the highways as early as February 2014 with action approved by Carroll County Commissioners last week. Sheriff Dale Williams visited commissioners last Thursday seeking approval to order four vehicles now even though his 2013 budget doesn’t support the purchase. “I know I don’t have the funds in this year’s budget, but I asked for funding to lease four new cars next year,” Williams

said. “I asked for enough money in the 2014 budget to cover the cost and want to know if the budget will meet my request. It takes about three months to get the cars through the state purchasing program, so they won’t arrive until sometime in February.” Commissioners indicated they plan to grant his entire budget request and granted permission for Williams to order four vehicles, all to be paid for with a three-year lease agreement with one yearly payment and a $1 buyout at the end of the lease. Williams said the department

Willbros presents $2,500 gift to fire department Willbros Construction (U.S.) LLC, which has an office at 32 W. Main St., Carrollton, presented a $2,500 gift to the Carrollton Village Fire Department. On hand for the presentation of the enlarged check (pictured) last Wednesday at the fire station were (from left) Malissa Crawford and Jarrin Cheuvront, Willbros office manager and HR/Community relations, respectively; Carrollton Fire Department‘s Assistant Fire Chief Bill Wells, Carrollton Mayor Frank Leghart and Amy Rutledge, representing the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Cheuvront said Willbros Construction is thankful for the fire department’s selfless acts of bravery and willingness to serve this great community. “The initial hope of the gift was in support of the new fire truck need. However, there are other immediate needs such as new communication radios, which this gift will assist. Willbros is happy to be in Carrollton and partner with the community safety,” Cheuvront added. The public is invited to stop by and visit the local Willbros office

Scouts visiting neighborhoods, dropping off bags for food drive Boy Scout Troop 141 of Carrollton wants to help you clean out your cupboards! The troop is sponsoring the annual “Scouting for Food” food drive to benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Scouts will go door-to-door dropping off bags with a donation note attached Nov. 25. Residents wishing to participate in the food drive can fill the bags with non-perishable food items and leave on the front porch or by the door Nov. 30 by 9 a.m. Scouts will gather donation bags between 9-11 a.m. Saturday morning. Boy Scout Troop 143 of Carrollton will be collecting nonperishable food items Nov. 23

and 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at Dollar General Market on Canton Rd. and Thorne’s Market on W. Main St., both in Carrollton. “We hope this will be a great year for all things,” said Mark Walters, scoutmaster of Troop 141. “We are having a little competition between Troop 143 and Troop 141 to see who can collect the most items.” Cub Scouts from both troops will collect non-perishable items from family and friends. “Let’s get in the holiday spirit!” stated Walters. “We sincerely thank everyone for their donations. These boys are ‘scouting into the future’.” For information, contact Walters at 330-627-4707.

has two cruisers leased that each have one payment left on them, so in 2014, he would need about $48,000 to make the six payments. That amount should drop off to $32,000 in 2015. “We are getting out of sync with purchasing vehicles,” he noted. “ I like to replace two per year, but we haven’t been doing that so I now have five cars that need replaced.” He said cars usually last five or six years for the vehicles in need of replacement are 2007 and 2008 models. He plans to purchase two sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and two Dodge Chargers. Wiliams noted his 2014 budget request included the four cars, funding for an additional road deputy and a three percent pay raise as stipulated in the union contract. In other business, commissioners: -RECEIVED an update on the planned move of the Sheriff’s Department dispatch center from Williams. He said the county generator must be hooked to the new center, which has necessitated the need for an electrician to become involved and state approval for the plans. -RECEIVED two dog pound reports: one showing 13 dogs impounded, three tagged and one redeemed. The second showed eight impounded, five tagged and six redeemed. There were two citations issued for dogs running at large. -APPROVED a road use maintenance agreement for Chesapeake Exploration to use a portion of Quince Rd. for access

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Leesville residents are being asked to conserve water during a waterline relocation project this weekend. During the November council meeting, Mayor Ed Alsept said he was contacted by Bowerston Mayor Milo Baker regarding an upcoming water line relocation Bowerston is undertaking near the village of Leesville. Alsept said the work is scheduled to begin Nov. 22 and continue through Nov. 24. Baker believes there is sufficient water in the tank to support Leesville during the construction period but is encouraging residents to conserve water. This water line relocation is being done per a request from the Ohio Department of Transportation. In other business, council: -DISCUSSED asphalt repairs needed on streets and alleys. Councilman John Traxler said the most severe areas on Green Street will be completed this month by himself and a village employee. Traxler said he plans to apply again in 2014 for grant funding for paving projects. A problematic culvert was also discussed. Traxler agreed to obtain an estimate to have someone with a jet propelled water machine spray high power water to open the culvert. An estimate will be presented at the December meeting. -MET in executive session with Orange Township trustees and representative of GAH Associates, LLC to begin discussions regarding new income opportunities. No action taken. -AGREED to allow the Salvation Army Corp Unit to hold a fundraiser Nov. 30 at the village circle. -PASSED a resolution requesting financing from the Ohio Water Development Authority’s un-sewered area assistance program for the completion of the Leesville Sanitary Sewer as an emergency. -REQUESTED the village employee to take stock of the Christmas lights to determine what is needed to purchase for this holiday season. -ANNOUNCED the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. -SET the next meeting Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in village hall.

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to the Tuckosh well site. -APPROVED the annual meeting hosted by the county engineer with township trustees scheduled Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sr. Center at the fairgrounds. Expenses are expected to be $840. -IMPOSED the frost law and placed a 25 percent weight reduction on county highways from Dec. 1 through May 14, 2014. -SIGNED a three-year lease agreement with the Carrollton Farmers Exchange for office space at 613 N. High St. for the OSU Extension Office at a cost of $1,020 per month. -AGREED to speak with a representative of the county law library concerning a communication received from Connie Budinsky noting there are over $10,000 in outstanding invoices waiting for payment. She anticipates needing $20,000 transferred to the account before the end of the year. -AGREED to pay Civil Environmental Consultants $19, 500 for permitting services associated with the closure of the former county landfill. Commissioner Jeff Ohler plans to speak with officials from the Carroll Columbiana Harrison Waste District to see if they can provide funding. -MET in executive session to discuss a salary increase for Vicky Peoples, who was promoted to clerk from assistant clerk. Following the session, Peoples’ salary was increased from $12.02 per hour to $14 per hour retroactive to Sept. 1.

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