Tiltonsville considers watch

TILTONSVILLE – A proposed Tiltonsville Awareness Program will be considered at Village Council’s Sept. 17 meeting.

Brandon Staats presented copies of the proposed program to village officials during a recent meeting. Five persons, according to Staats, are working on the proposed program, and it is not yet complete.

He did, however, ask for persons interested in serving as block captains to contact him at (740) 859-0170 or Police Chief Jerry Davis at (740) 859-2730.

Staats added Councilman Ty Lollini had suggested a slogan for the proposed program – “See something, say something.”

Mayor Kris Prati commended those involved in working on the program and asked council members to study the material presented and to provide suggestions if needed at the Sept. 17 session.

Later in the meeting, Councilman Jason Staskey reported the police committee had discussed a neighborhood watch program and what could be done for police officers. Lollini suggested boots and bullet-proof vests be obtained for the officers. Officials also discussed talking to a person who would prepare grant applications.

In other matters, Village Administrator Carl Sgalla reported on the proposed line painting project on old state Route 7 in Tiltonsville, Rayland and Yorkville. The proposed project had been discussed with Jefferson County Engineer Jim Branagan in May, and the estimated cost is around $1,497.

Police Chief Jerry Davis said Jim Henry has been hired as a part-time police officer.

Davis also reported flu shots will be given by the Jefferson County Health Department from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Municipal Building.

Council tabled a swimming pool ordinance and approved a motion to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission, approving the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

Prati said the Warren Township Lions Club will clean the three Route 7 exits Saturday, beginning south at Public Road, Yorkville, and going north to the Rayland exit. Those working will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Warren Township Park. Volunteers are needed to help with the project, according to Prati, and those willing to help are to call Roger Warren at (740) 859-4479.

The volunteers are asked to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and gloves.

Lollini said he will set up a meeting with Yorkville Councilwoman Karen Vargo about the proposed purchase of crack sealer by the tri-village purchasing coalition.

A Tiltonsville family approached Tiltonsville and Yorkville councils about assisting with providing reward money to solve five burglaries that occurred between April and June. Two occurred in Rayland, one in Jackson Heights and one each in Tiltonsville and Yorkville.

The family has offered $500 and is hoping the three communities of Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland can each offer $170 to match the offer. The idea is to create a greater reward and hopefully encourage anyone with information to come forward.

The burglary in Tiltonsville occurred on Rose Avenue the first week of June, a few days after the Jackson Heights burglary and a few days prior to the one in Yorkville. The two Rayland burglaries occurred in April.