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Wintersville honors D.A.R.E. officer

November 16, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WINTERSVILLE - Wintersville Police Officer Art Fowler has spent a decade educating area children how to resist drug and violence.

Fowler, the village's D.A.R.E officer, was recognized for his service during a banquet at the Columbus Zoo.

"We want to commend you for your award and recognition," Mayor Bob Gale said during Thursday's council meeting. "Thank you for your longevity and for your assistance in making the local D.A.R.E. program what it is today."

Village Administrator Walt Ziemba again updated council on Phases 1 and 2 of the waste water treatment plant.

"We recently had a pre-construction meeting on Nov. 14," he explained. "The construction trailer for Phase 1 will move in on Dec. 3 and by then we will have a plan on how they will proceed. There will be a lot of heavy equipment going in and out of the area and we will ask residents to park off the street during those times."

Ziemba said that the hours of operation for the work on Phase 1 will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Phase 1 construction will last about 15 months," he noted.

"We have submitted an application for low-interest loan through DEFA for Phase 2," he said. "The full application will be submitted after the first of the year."

He also offered a fact sheet regarding the village snow and ice control.

"Wintersville maintains 22.18 miles of village streets," he said. "We have four trucks to plow and salt their respective routes. Three two-and-a-half ton dump trucks and a one-ton dump truck comprise our fleet. My public works superintendent also has a pick-up with plow to assist in heavy snows in cul-de-sacs and intersections."

The village used 852 tons of salt in the 2011-2012 winter season compared to 1,427 tons in the 2010-2011 winter season and 1,529 tons in the 2009-2010 winter seasons. The salt price for 2012-2013 will be $58.45 per ton, Ziemba said.

"The typical cost for an average snow event, to plow and treat, costs approximately $35 per lane mile," he stated. "Higher snowfall amounts would increase this cost, as would overtime hours."

In other matters:

Council approved its annual funding for the Ray Laman Christmas party.

Gale announced that full-time village employees who began working before Jan. 1 and remain past Dec. 1 will receive a one-time only $500 bonus; permanent part-time employees will receive a one-time only $250 bonus; and part-time employees who began working with the village after Jan. 1 will receive a one-time only $100 bonus.

Council announced that the village offices will be closed Thursday and Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Thursday's garbage pick-up will be collected Wednesday and Friday's pick-up will not be affected.

Council approved an agreement with Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. The village will pay $5,000 a year for membership.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

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