Village to give incentive to police officer hires

WINTERSVILLE — Village Council passed an ordinance Thursday that will offer new police officers an incentive to stay with the department.

Council voted unanimously to give new officers a $1,000 raise for every year they complete with the department for the first three years.

The council also approved the village entering into and agreement to purchase its salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the next year.

“We will use ODOT’s pricing, which is a lot cheaper than what we have been getting,” Mayor Bob Gale said. “It comes at a considerably lower price.”

The village plans to purchase 1,500 tons of salt for the next winter season.

Gale told council the demolition of a property located at 117 Sabina Ave. will begin some time after May.

A second property that has been drawing a lot of complaints, 209 Beechwood Blvd., is currently in bankruptcy so the village cannot take action at this time, according to Gale.

Gale also announced the projected money from state gas taxes the village can expect to receive in 2020 and 2021. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Wintersville can expect to receive $259,264 the first year and $262,138 the second.

The village will be holding its 30th- annual Easter egg hunt from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fort Steuben Burial Estates, 801 Canton Road. The event is open to children from 2-10 years of age.