New Haven preparing for annual egg hunt

Mindy Kearns - For the Register

NEW HAVEN — Plans are in the works for the annual Town of New Haven Easter egg hunt.

The hunt will be noon Saturday, March 19 at the New Haven Ball Fields. An appearance will be made by the Easter Bunny, with those attending invited to bring cameras for photos.

Town council members agreed to allow Recorder Roberta Hysell to further organize the event and purchase items as needed. Donations of Easter baskets or items for prize eggs are being sought and can be dropped off at city hall.

In addition, town leaders are also asking for assistance from Wahama High School seniors. Community service hours will be given for students helping with the hunt. For more information, Hysell can be reached at 304-882-3050 during office hours.

The council approved the purchase of a digital camera, up to $500, for the police department. The camera will be used for photos of evidence and will be stored in the department safe.

Councilman Ken Vickers has been working to update the business and occupation tax ordinance.

He told the council that when the ordinance was written in 1965, it was called a gross sales tax. He said he is concerned the council might need to write the entire ordinance a second time. No action was taken.

In other action, the council:

  • Approved two building permits, including James McCormick to replace a roof, and Keith Nutter to enclose a porch;
  • Heard from resident Ron Zerkle, who stated he is concerned about the magnitude of the upcoming water project, and would like the officials to give the matter serious thought before proceeding;
  • Heard a request for a street light on Roush Drive, which led to discussion of the many places where lights are possibly needed;
  • Was told that E&R Excavating is experiencing issues with equipment and is waiting for better weather to work on the wastewater effluent line;
  • Agreed to borrow $18,000 from the sewer repair fund to be placed in the sewer general fund, which will then be repaid in monthly installments;
  • Received the first draft of the transfer assignment contract between Triad Engineering and Chapman engineers; and,
  • Approved the invoices for payment, financial report, and minutes of the prior meeting.

Cheryl Oldaker had previously presented Mayor Charles Yonker with a letter, which he did not mention during the meeting. Oldaker requested the mayor give each council member a copy since it was also addressed to them. The mayor refused, stating “not until we have further discussions.”

Attending were Mayor Yonker, Recorder Hysell, and council members Vickers, Jessica Howard, Amy Gordon, Smitty Jarrell, and Jim Elias.

Mindy Kearns

For 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.