Village remembers Victor Calabrese

WINTERSVILLE – Victor Calabrese, former village police chief, will be remembered for his ongoing service and dedication to the citizens of Wintersville.

Mayor Bob Gale reminisced about Calabrese during Thursday’s council meeting. Calabrese died Wednesday at the age of 75.

“When I think of Chief Calabrese, the first word that comes to mind is service,” Gale began. “Service to his country, service to the citizens of Wintersville, service to the citizens of Cross Creek Township and, most importantly, service to his family. He dedicated his entire life in the service of others.”

Calabrese joined the Wintersville Police Department as a full-time police officer in January 1963. He attended the FBI National Academy in Virginia and took courses at Marshall University for Law Enforcement, Gale noted.

“He was sworn in as chief of police in January 1965 at the age of 26, making him the youngest police chief in the state of Ohio,” Gale mentioned.

Calabrese retired from the department in 2000 and joined Cross Creek Police Department later that year, serving as assistant chief and chief of police until 2008. He served more than 45 years in Wintersville and Cross Creek Township.

“Chief Calabrese had honor, dedication and courage, and I am proud to have had the privilege to have known him,” Gale concluded. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time.”

In other matters, village residents David Holiday and David Coffman addressed council regarding a garbage pile up at an apartment complex on state Route 43.

“Garbage from the apartment complex has been going over a retaining wall and onto neighboring properties,” Coffman stated. “The grass has been overgrown and gone without being cut. The Dumpster is rotted out, it has no wheels and garbage is everywhere. I have picked up trash off of my porch. It has been brought to attention before, but it is really turning into slums up there anymore and we don’t need that in Wintersville.”

“We will get with (police) Chief Ed Laman and address these issues,” Gale said. “We will work these issues out as soon as we can.”

Village Administrator Walt Ziemba gave council members an overview of Phases 1 and 2 of the waste water treatment plant project.

He requested a contract modification for Phase 1 for maintenance.

“We just had to dig up a line and a pump and there is no other way to replace it,” Ziemba explained. “Since we are putting in a new digester tank, that building and pump will be included in that. The $2,500 for maintenance will pay for a new design to fill the line and pump.

“I am also requesting extra work for the front of sledge drying beds,” he continued. “There is no drainage and a lot of the sludge gets tracked out on pavement into the grass. We need a fiberglass trench to be installed there in front of beds and then there will be a pipe that will bring it over to the E.Q. tank. The cost of that project is $24,200. We also have a couple downspouts that need replaced by the storm sewer that will cost around $8,000. We need new yard hydrants placed with some yard stops on them that will cost around $6,200. And last but not least, we need to replace the blowers that have galvanized duct work to stainless duct work that will cost around $4,000.”

Councilman Tom Bottorf asked Ziemba to see what the price difference would be for village crews to do some of this work before moving forward with the project.

He mentioned the final draft for Phase 2 has been designed and a final meeting will be held at the end of the month.

“We are on the list for the 1 percent loan from DEFA, and the project is moving ahead,” he explained. “We also had a meeting on Tuesday regarding part of Phase 1, which included the discussion of adding a web-based system. We are also looking at adding a web-based system for Phase 2. This will allow us to monitor conditions at the plant – flow, temperate, electric and also at the lift stations.”

In other business:

The magistrate, police and code enforcement officer reports for February were reviewed.

The shale industry tank transport through the village will be moved from March 16-24, Ziemba said.

Ziemba announced a proposal for a Lions Club in Wintersville from members of the Mingo Junction Lions Club. They asked if council/administration would send out letters of support to village residents.

Council approved a motion to promote village Police Officer Anthony Moores to permanent full-time employment. Moores will receive a $2,000 raise with the new position.

Ziemba announced he recently met with Tri-State Security to spot cameras for the village’s plant and garage. He will meet with them again soon to get a quote.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 21.