Grantsville town council met in the Calhoun
Courthouse little courtroom on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Bob Leach of Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council
presented a drawdown for the sewer project for $170,263.61, which was
approved. The project is 80% complete.
During the citizens’ open forum, Regina Ball asked
for assistance with a storm drain problem plaguing her yard. The drain
gets backed up and pours water down her stairs, ruining them.
Suggestions were made to dig up and replace the pipe, which may be too
Tim Toppings requested permission to burn lumber
from a collapsed building on River Street. He plans to haul away
anything that would not be permissible to burn, such as tires.
Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. has committed to respond should there
be an emergency.
Toppings said he spoke with “Bob Richards of the
Clean Air Department” and was given verbal permission to burn.
After a long discussion, Loretta Stevens, a member
of council, still disagreed with the burning. Health hazards were her
main concern, “Smoke is bad for people on oxygen . . .”.
Other options that were presented were hauling away
the lumber or stacking it on the property, but Toppings cannot be forced
to remove the lumber from his property.
The topic was not called to a vote, because a
peaceful resolution could not be reached. The potential vote would have
been 2-2 with mayor Gary Knight having to break the tie. “But I am not
ready to make that decision tonight,” said Knight.
The block party committee suggested a Halloween
Party be held on Saturday, Oct 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., with trick or treat
from 7 to 8:30.. The committee also asked for a $200 contribution from
the council. All were approved.
The recorder’s report included a motion to add Brad
Stevens to the audit committee for the 2010 audit and a motion to close
the office on Friday, Sept. 24, for an audit seminar. Both were
Grantsville Police Dept. law enforcement report for
August included: 49 calls for service, 211 citizen contacts, 3 criminal
and 2 traffic crash investigations, 2 ordinance violations for dogs
running loose, 6 parking citations, 3 callouts, 32 warnings and 7
citations for traffic stops, 2 arrests for false pre-tenses and forgery
and uttering, and 1 summons to appear in court for hit and run and
driving while license suspended.
Jacob McCumbers formally resigned as municipal
court judge due to other obligations.
An executive session was called from 8:00 to 9:05
to discuss advertising for a certified sewer plant operator. When
council reconvened, a motion to advertise was approved..
The meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.