DILLONVALE - The village has a new police chief following action taken by Village Council at a recent meeting.
Council approved hiring Scott J. Christian as chief, effective Aug. 30. He had been acting police chief after the resignation of Chief William Timko, who had submitted a letter of resignation effective Aug. 22.
Council accepted Timko's resignation as well as the resignation of officer Brian Watson effective Aug. 31.
It was noted that officer Cody McAngues was hired in the department in February, but due to work commitments he was not put on the schedule. He now will be put on the schedule, officials said.
Council approved a motion to hire a part-time police officer on a 90-day probationary period, providing he passes a background check.
Also, Council members discussed an older cruiser, noting the electrical equipment will be removed from the vehicle and stored in the police room, with the cruiser then being scrapped.
In other matters, Hess Ohio Development officials informed council members that during a title clearance process the company identified mineral reservations for four parcels affecting about 1.928 acres of village property.
In other business:
Council was notified by Verizon that a fiber optics network will be installed on existing poles throughout the village, with the work to begin in a few months.
It was noted the water department will be installing meter transmitters soon.
Council approved a motion to have the security camera system at the village garage fixed, but then rescinded the motion before authorizing the clerk to obtain quotations for a new system.
The clerk also was asked to obtain quotes for street and speed limit signs for the October meeting of council.
Village insurance is due for renewal Oct. 1. Oklok Criss & Associates will submit a quote.
The possibility of tearing down the former senior citizen center was discussed due to deterioration. The clerk was asked to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inquire about possible funding.
It was noted Mayor Michele Dulesky, Councilwoman Trisha Painter and Lollathin would attend the September meeting of the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission.
It was announced the village's trick-or-treat hours are 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27.
Council's next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the city building.