NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven gained funds for the coffer, after council members approved the bids on surplus vehicles at their most recent meeting.
Up for bid were two pick-up trucks, a Jeep previously used by the police department, and a dump truck.
The high bidder for one of the pick-up trucks was Pete Ohlinger at $1,007. Jim Morris won the bid for the remaining three vehicles, with bids of $300 for the pick-up truck, $400 for the Jeep, and $500 for the dump truck. Only one other bid was received, but it did not meet the required reserve price.
A part-time police officer, Ben Turner, was hired during the meeting. Turner is not certified, but has offered to pay the police academy costs to gain certification. It was noted the hiring brings the department to two full-time and two part-time officers.
Two employees were recognized for their recent certifications. Steve Myers passed his Wastewater II licensure, and Derrick Grimm was certified for backflow prevention. They were each given a $50 education incentive by the council.
Resident Sheila Roush attended the meeting to discuss the traffic flow during the recent block sale. She noted the sale is a good thing and the town really tried, but the traffic flow was “a mess.” The council agreed, and discussed some possibilities for next year.
Councilman Matt Gregg stated this is National Law Enforcement Week, with other weeks designated recently for nurses, correctional officers, and telecommunicators. He stated he wanted to publicly recognize and thank those individuals for the work they do.
In other action, the council:
Issued building permits to Danny Gardner, Gary Fields, Charles Wilkins, David Sisk, and John Arnott;
Received a thank you note for town workers for a Seventh Street project from Jimmy Goodnite, Sr.;
Agreed to purchase tires for the garbage truck at $422 each, the lowest price found; and,
Heard a request from Derrick Grimm to be moved from part-time to a full-time position, with a decision to be made at the next meeting.
Attending were Mayor Jerry Spradling, Recorder Roberta Hysell, and council members Gregg, Matt Shell, Grant Hysell, and Jim Elias.
The next meeting will be June 1 at 6 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.