Full-time officer request denied

CADIZ – he decision regarding Police Chief Ryan McCann’s request to bump one part-time officer up to full-time was revealed at last week’s Village Council meeting. The answer is no, for now.

“We’re going to wait until later in the year to see how our finances go,” said Councilman Curt Crawshaw. “Right now our income tax is down about $60,000 behind last year.”

The finance committee decided to apply for a Community Oriented Policing Services Grant. The C.O.P.S. hiring program is open to all law enforcement agencies with primary authority. If awarded, the grant would pay for 75 percent of salary for three years. Then the village must keep the officer for at least one more year and pay full salary. Cadiz used a C.O.P.S. grant approximately 11 years ago to hire an officer who is still with the department. The deadline for the application is June 23.

Council voted to approve contracts with Belmont and Tuscarawas county jails to house prisoners for the Cadiz Police Department. The Harrison County jail cannot house female prisoners and is limited on space. Jefferson County jail is often filled and already has a contract with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

Crawshaw reported Park Manager Scott Porter has requested upgraded security cameras for Sally Buffalo Park. The current ones are “not working very well.” Crawshaw also mentioned expanding the cameras’ coverage would be safer for the park. The matter will be brought before the Community Improvement Corp.

A motion to apply for Issue 2 funding for next year in the amount of $158,707 to address East Warren Street, north Buffalo Street, East South Street and West South Street was approved.

Discussion became heated when council talked about a request from a resident regarding Allen Street. Allen Street has been part of a sewer line project, and resident Bob Allen wants the village to pay for half of the cost of paving the entire street, even a section that has not been affected by the project. The village’s input would amount to $39,000.

Councilman Paul Coffland asked whether it might be better to return money that is left over from the loan for the project, to avoid interest costs, rather than spend it on a sparsely trafficked road.

Water Superintendent Tom Carter said paving the street initially was not part of the scope of the project.

“We’re at the tail end of this project,” he said. “There’s no sense in making waves.”

He added there are other places within the project where the loan money could be spent.

Street Superintendent Larry Ludwig noted Allen Street is a dead end, and the street was not in good condition before the project began. He added the street is subject to heavy vehicles hauling topsoil, and that putting money into paving it would be “throwing money away.” Councilman Larry Sickle acknowledged the street was in bad shape before, but called its current condition “deplorable” thanks to heavy equipment traveling on it.

Council considered asking Bob Allen to come to a meeting, and the issue was tabled.

Coffland announced donations for the restoration of the log schoolhouse in front of Wallace Lodge at Sally Buffalo Park have reached $7,049.89. That number includes council’s initial donation of $4,000. An opportunity to work with the desired contractor soon could expire, so work will begin on the restoration project even though donations are not quite up to par. Some parties have committed donations, but not yet delivered on them.

Council still is seeking donations for the project and also for continued maintenance afterward. Proceeds from the golf outing, which is set Saturday, will go toward the schoolhouse. Contact the village office to learn more about the outing.

Coffland also announced that a Garden Club has formed at Sally Buffalo Park. He mentioned appreciation for the planting and work done toward beautification of the park.

Council approved a request for a banner to be hung in the square advertising the Cadiz High School Alumni Banquet, which will take place on Aug. 9.

Also approved was a tag day set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 20 for the Harrison Central Cheerleaders.

An ordinance was passed to create two seasonal positions within the water and sewer departments. A second reading was held for an ordinance to rezone approximately 80 acres in the Industrial Park area from an R-1 residential zoning to an M-1 manufacturing zoning designation. The rezoning ordinance will be the subject of a public hearing at 6 p.m. on June 26. The next Village Council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.