New Haven still grappling with water project

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — New Haven town council members announced at their most recent meeting that they are moving forward with a water upgrade project.

Mayor Jerry Spradling said the council was told that if members didn’t make a decision, the funding would be pulled and given to another entity. The council made its decision during a recent work session. The combined interest rate/administrative fee the town will be paying on the project is one percent.

The announcement came following a question from resident Ronnie Zerkle as to whether a decision had been made. Zerkle has approached the council several times, urging members to forego the $5- to $7-million project, and complete a smaller one targeting the trouble spots of Fourth Street and Haven Heights.

Councilman Matt Shell said if the council did not proceed and the funding was lost, new funding for the troubled areas would have to be sought, and may not be guaranteed.

The council at one point had considered placing the controversial issue on the ballot so residents could vote. Shell said the funding source would not wait for that to happen.

Council members emphasized they have not signed any paperwork for the project, but a meeting will be held Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. to obtain more information from those associated with the project.

Decorating is ongoing on the “House of Frightmares,” Recorder Roberta Hysell said. The haunted house will be held Oct. 21, 22, 24 through 29, and 31. It begins at 8 p.m. in the community center on Butler Street. Proceeds from the $5 admission will buy new roller skates for winter skating at the center.

The council also reminded residents of the change in traffic flow during trick-or-treat on Oct. 27 from 6-7 p.m. Traffic will be one-way, going in on Midway Drive and out on Layne Street at the Church of God. A Halloween party will be held at the fire station following trick-or-treat.

In other action, the council:

Approved a building permit for Jason Young to replace a roof;

Agreed to check into the possible reopening of Railroad Street upon the request of Ted Hoffert;

Hired Derrick Grimm as a part-time employee for the garbage department;

Agreed to consider sending Police Chief Dave Hardwick to the municipal judge training for continuing education credit; and,

Set November meetings for the 14th and 28th.

Attending were Mayor Spradling, Recorder Hysell, and council members Shell, Jim Elias, Grant Hysell and Matt Gregg.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.