When Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier made her report to council during the meeting of Thursday, August 16, she said the city is in the process of forming a police auxiliary unit. There are already five certified officers who have expressed interest.
She said certified officers must fill out an application and Acting Police Chief Tim Ackley will perform background checks. Each Auxiliary officer will be paid $1 per year.
Ackley said the city once had an auxiliary force, but had to drop it when layoffs were made. Now, according to Ackley, those laid off have been called back and no one is currently laid off so the auxiliary force can be reestablished.
His goal is to have 10 auxiliary officers once the program is implemented.
"This is Step 2 on the ladder," said Ackley. The first was to get overtime under control and that is being done. "Step 3 will be to reestablish a Crime Watch program," he added.
Pelletier also told council she believes electric and gas at Ridgewood Cemetery can be eliminated. She has spoken with those who work in the cemetery and other than maps in the superintendent's building, there does not seem to be an issue. She said the maps could be moved to city hall or some other safe storage area. "This would not save a lot of money," she told council, "but it is something."
Pelletier also said she and City Clerk Melissa Humphreys are working with some old accounts to get them straightened out.
She also reported Clerk Humphreys and Assistant Clerk Tom Denney have been visiting The Plains since that town has the same computer system and programs used by the city. "Pelletier said, "This training is free and they are very helpful. They would even come here if we wanted."
She also reported the generator which has been sitting at city hall for years is in the process of being connected to city hall circuits. She said the unit had been sitting at the rear of the building so long the wooden shipping crate has rotted off.