NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven will be assisting an elementary teacher in a classroom recycling project, it was decided at a recent meeting of the town council.
According to Recorder Roberta Hysell, Shayla Blackshire, a fourth grade teacher at New Haven Elementary School, appeared before council with plans for the project. In conjunction with a literacy program, the class would receive free books based on the number of pounds of items recycled.
Blackshire asked the council to help her find a good location for a recycling trailer. Councilman Ken Vickers will assist the teacher in finding a suitable site.
Four building permits were issued during the meeting. They included permits for Linda Stewart to replace a roof; Karen Willet to replace a fence; Alan Barnitz for a building; and Robert Vickers to replace a roof.
Resident Ron Zerkle expressed his concern over the upcoming water project and its cost. Zerkle said he is afraid the project will cause rates to increase to the point that town residents will not be able to afford them.
Mayor Charles Yonker assured Zerkle that at this time, water bills will not increase.
In other action, the council:
Heard concerns from Pam Schwartz regarding the curfew ordinance, with the mayor agreeing to look into the issue;
Hired Jim Morris as a full-time employee;
Heard a report that interviews have been completed for a police officer, but no decision has been made;
Approved the third reading of the bond ordinance and public hearing results as read by Todd Swanson, attorney with Steptoe and Johnson;
Agreed to authorize the mayor to give merit and service wage adjustments to hourly employees;
Heard a report from the mayor, who met with Department of Highway officials, regarding repairs on Layne Street and Haven Heights; and,
Approved the financial report, accounts payable, and minutes of the previous meeting.
Attending were Mayor Yonker, Recorder Hysell, and council members Jessica Howard, Amy Gordon, Smitty Jarrell, Jim Elias and Ken Vickers.
The next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 20.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.