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Wintersville announces lighting contest winners

December 25, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Village Council on Monday spread holiday cheer by announcing the winners of the 2012 holiday lighting contest.

Mayor Bob Gale proclaimed the seven winners, including picks from each council member as well as mayor's choice, during Monday's council meeting.

Council had been scheduled to meet last Thursday, but had to postpone the meeting to Monday due to a lack of a quorum.

The winners are Charles Albert, 105 Starkey Ave., chosen by Councilman Tom Bottorf; Edward Johnson, 328 Bradley St., chosen by Councilman Jason Mattern; Shawn McCart, 178 Selma, chosen by Councilman Bob Merriman; Mike Chichick, 400 Fernwood Road, chosen by Councilwoman Phyllis Foreman; Robert Laukert, 166 Rex Ave., chosen by Councilman Robbie Martin; and Thomas Bodo, 185 Crawford, chosen by Gale. Gale also honored the Blessed Sacrament Men's Club in honor of the late Robert Cochrun.

"We want to thank everyone who participated this year," Gale said, noting that each winner will receive a $50 gift card and a plaque. "We appreciate your effort to make Wintersville beautiful during the Christmas season."

During the meeting, council also voted on two village ordinances.

The first was an ordinance establishing a video service provider fee to be paid by any video service provider offering video service in the village.

"This ordinance has to be passed in order to continue receiving an annual fee from Comcast," Village Administrator Walt Ziemba explained. "We get a substantial amount each year, which in turn goes into our general fund."

The ordinance had to be passed before the end of the year, he noted. Council passed the first, second and third readings.

A first reading then was passed on a 2 percent pay raise for all employees in 2013.

"A second and third reading will be heard at the next meeting," Ziemba said. "If the ordinance is passed, then the pay raise will go into effect."

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 3.

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