Written From Minutes Of Council Meeting

Mayor Don Harris is trying to replace Grantsville's town hall, which is reported to be in bad condition with structural problems. Harris asked for and received approval to use part of the town's parking lot for the construction of a new municipal building, if funding was available.

Harris told the Grantsville Council at last weeks meeting he was scheduled to meet with Governor Bob Wise's office to seek help to finance a new municipal building. Fred Rader from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council presented a letter for Mayor Harris to sign to apply for grant money for a new municipal building. Rader advised the mayor and council it was very difficult to get grant money for such projects.

Harris stated the Governor's office was receptive in trying to help the town obtain a new municipal building.

Council went into an executive session at 8:16 p.m. and returned at 9:30 p.m. for an undefined issue.

Councilman Jerry Collins presented a list of ordinances for first reading. The first ordinance related to licensing, taxation and finance of businesses, the second to dogs running loose and fines to be imposed and the third, referring to dogs disturbing the peace and fines to be imposed. The first reading of the ordinances passed unanimously. Council has scheduled a council meeting on August 24 with Police Chief Charles McCroskey to review traffic ordinances.

Much of the council meeting was spent on wrapping up the sewage treatment project and the water treatment plant, and authorizing payments.

Mayor Harris reported the water plant operator's schedules have been changed, making a person available three days a week to help in other areas. He said Junior Duelly's time had been cut to 20 hours a week and Bernard Harris' schedule had been changed to prevent paying overtime on Saturdays.

He acknowledged a $5000 contribution from Wal-Mart, with some of the money being used to install a new diving board at the pool. He also said $975 has been collected to fund the installation of new signs at the town limits.

The current pool manager has resigned to return to school. Councilman Jerry Collins made a motion to change the requirements for pool manager: The applicant must be 21 years of age, have supervisory experience, and does not have to be a certified lifeguard. The motion carried.

Councilman Collins made a motion, which passed, to hire David Trippett to manage the pool for the rest of the season, replacing Todd Ritchie. Mayor Harris is looking into installing speed bumps in the pool parking lot.

Council is considering hiring a second police officer. Mayor Harris said he has several applications and will present them at a later date.

A bid of $200 from Garold Simons, Sr. was accepted on a 1978 truck and a bid of $100 from Bernard Greathouse was accepted on an old roller.

A handicap parking slot was designated in front of the Grantsville Post Office.

Council advised the local senior center they could not grant permission to block the highway in front of the center for their Heritage Day, because it was a state highway.

Recorder Phyllis Maze said she had been meeting with Calhoun Insurance Agency to discuss insurance coverage for the coming year.

Members of the Council called a special meeting this past Monday evening for an undefined issue.

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