Wintersville’s partnership with Upwards Sports Ministry continuing

WINTERSVILLE – The village’s partnership with Crossroads Christian Church’s Upwards Sports Ministry will continue this summer.

Church representative Randy Stacy appeared before council Thursday to discuss the continued use of the field behind the Municipal Building.

“Thank you for use of the field over the past few years,” he began. “I am here asking for the continuation of use. This Upwards Sports Ministry is a world-wide organization. We actually just sent uniforms over to Thailand. Even though this program is run through the church, we had over 175 kids participate in the flag football and cheerleading last summer, and 95 percent do not go to church. We reach out to a lot of families in the community and do a lot for the kids.”

Stacy also asked council if there are any plans for improvements to the field.

“We appreciate what you are doing with the youth and we would like for you to keep using the field,” Mayor Bob Gale said. “We want to make sure we take care of you first before we allow any other organizations to use the field.

“As far as enhancements, we have put restrooms down at Walnut Park and we are hoping to try to do the same at the field behind the municipal building,” he explained. “We will apply for another grant but that will not be for another year or so. We will work with you and let you know what updates we can do down there.”

In other matters, Village Administrator Walt Ziemba discussed Phases 1 and 2 of the waste water treatment plant project.

“The construction team recently poured the walls and slab on grit tank and they will be forming walls, pouring upper walls and start running piping throughout the plant soon,” he explained. “Some of the equipment will be coming in April and they will be working on getting the UV system running later in the summer. Chlorine will still be there until the EPA is satisfied that UV is working properly. The project is moving along well despite weather.”

He said the engineering design for Phase 2 of the project still is ongoing.

“We are still on the list for the 1 percent loan from DEFA, and the final listing is supposed to come out March 28,” he stated. “We should be on that list.”

Ziemba also told council members he recently received a quote from Tri-State Security for spot cameras at the village’s plant and garage.

“The quote for the plant is $9,700, while the camera for the garage is a little over $800,” he stated.

Gale asked for a water and sewer committee meeting to be held before a final decision is made.

“I think we need to research where the cameras will be placed, what we are going to do with them and just discuss it in a little more detail before we make a decision,” he added.

In other business:

The shale industry tank transport through the village will be moved from Sunday to April 7, Ziemba said. The barge has not yet arrived, he noted.

Village offices will be closed March 29 in observance of Good Friday. Friday garbage collection will be picked up on Thursday.

A water and sewer committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 4, with the regular meeting following at 7 p.m.