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Police dog, officer recognized by council

June 24, 2011
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Wintersville Police Office Art Fowler and his canine, Ali, were recognized at a recent Village Council meeting for their accomplishments at the 34th-annual police and fire games.

Mayor Bob Gale told council members that Fowler and Ali traveled to Fairborn on June 13-14 to compete in the general police and narcotics divisions of the games. The duo came home with gold medals in the criminal apprehension and narcotics in lockers categories and a bronze medal in the building and vehicles category.

"This is a great honor and a job well done by the both of you," Gale told Fowler.

In a related matter, officer Shawn Gegick introduced his new canine, Milan. Gegick told members he just received Milan this week and will begin a five-week training program Sunday.

"He should be ready to start working by the beginning of August," he said.

Gegick's previous canine, Luck, retired in April, and he will be honored in the village's Fourth of July parade set for 10:30 a.m. on July 4.

In other matters, village resident Philip Sadler was on hand to talk about speed issues on Orchard Street.

"My grandkids play in my yard, which is close to the street, and people are flying up and down the street," he relayed. "We need some sort of signs to help with this issue."

Gale said he would have village crews construct speeding signs in the near future. He also said he would ask village police officers to frequent the area and check for speeders.

In other business:

Council approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide signal maintenance at the state Route 43 and state Route 646 interchange.

"Basically, village crews will repair the signal, if needed in the future, and ODOT will fund any repairs," Village Administrator Walt Ziemba explained.

Ziemba also told council the drain replacement and concrete work in front of the Municipal Building is complete.

"Village crews will now complete the filling of the asphalt and everything will be done," he noted.

Ziemba then discussed his monthly meeting with Progress Alliance Director Ed Looman.

"Some of these updates involve businesses in the village," he said. "He has taken a number of potential business clients on tours of various buildings in hopes of finding them a home in the village."

It was noted that Thunder in the Ville will be held today and Saturday at Treasure Island Market Place. The village's 180th birthday will be celebrated at 8 p.m. Saturday, Gale noted.

Gale reminded village residents of the remainder of the free trash pick-up collection. Residents whose garbage is collected on Fridays will have free trash pickup on Monday.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 7.

(Looman can be contacted at

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