Jackson City Council has taken affirmative action to approve a new work vehicle for the sewer department and also for the administration to seek needed funding for a new sewer-system improvement project.
During its regular meeting of Monday evening, July 24, council voted unanimously to approve an emergency ordinance authorizing the purchase of a Vactor Model sewer cleaner truck for an amount not to exceed $343,813.
Service/Safety Director Bill Sheward told council the truck enables the city to clean the sewer lines thoroughly and to find water and gas lines. He said he hopes the new truck would last for 15 years. He asked council for a quick approval as it will take five to six months to receive the new vehicle.
Council also took immediate action to unanimously approve an emergency resolution authorizing the mayor to make an application for a Water Pollution Control Loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the Parkview to West Main Street Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project.
Sheward said the loan would be provided at zero-percent interest and would supplement a $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
A Pitch For Trees
Council heard from Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forester Ann Bonner about the importance of trees and the city's past commitment to supporting them. She noted the city has qualified as a Tree City USA for 28 years.
Jackson City Tree Commission members present were Councilwoman Loretta Jones, Councilman George Kitchen, Gary Vollrath, and Roxie Underwood. Bonner said she stands ready to provide advice and recommendations.
Summer Manufacturing Institute
Jackson Mayor Randy Heath reported that the annual Summer Manufacturing Institute was being held three days that week.
The activity provides junior high students from throughout Jackson County the opportunity to learn about local and area manufacturing plants and to also tour them while also benefiting from a classroom component. Heath has taken a leadership role in organizing the event each year and has gained the cooperation and support of other mayors, local school districts, local chambers of commerce, the participating manufacturing plants (Bellisio Foods, General Mills, Speyside Bourbon Cooperage and Kenworth) and other local business sponsors.
"I think this is very beneficial to our young people and I think it shows we are interested in developing a workforce," Heath concluded.
Hats Off To Wellston
Mayor Heath also wished to extend his congratulations to the City of Wellston and Mayor Connie Pelletier for the city's removal from a Fiscal Emergency status, which had lasted for 8 years.
"This was a very difficult task and hopefully it means a brighter and better day for our brethren in Wellston," Heath stated.
Councilman Queen's News
Second Ward Councilman Ron Queen informed the group that the Morton Street Neighborhood Watch group would be conducting its sixth annual National Light Out event on Tuesday, August 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as a neighborhood effort meant to demonstrate solidarity against drug-related problems.
Also, Queen announced the former gas station property at the intersection of Morton and Chillicothe streets had been purchase and that the new owner was reportedly committed to fixing and cleaning up the property.