New Haven talks placing water project on ballot

By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP

NEW HAVEN — Town of New Haven officials are gathering information to see if it is feasible to place a water project on the upcoming election ballot in November, it was announced at the most recent council meeting.

The water project has been a source of controversy, with some residents voicing their opinions that the approximately $5 million project is too much for the town to take on at once.

Recorder Roberta Hysell told those attending the meeting that she has been in contact with Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley to see what is necessary, and the cost, to put the issue on the ballot.

Mayor Jerry Spradling said if it is placed on the ballot, the vote would be a simple “for” or “against” the current project. More than $380,000 has already been spent for engineering and design work. The town has also secured funding for the project at 1 percent interest.

Some attending the meeting asked why different and smaller variations of the project could not be placed on the ballot, as well. Officials stated the variations would not have funding in place and a new project would have to start over, with funding being sought. It was also noted that if the issue is placed on the ballot, a town hall meeting will be held prior to the election to explain the issue and voting process.

Hysell told the council about several recreational events coming up, including an Octoberfest on Oct. 1, a softball tournament on Oct. 8, and a haunted house on Oct. 21-22, and nightly from Oct. 24-31.

The Octoberfest will be on the library grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include a chili cook-off, inflatables for the children, pumpkin decorating contest, and face painting. More information will be published as the event approaches.

Hysell said although the softball tournament is not being held by the town, proceeds from it will go to the establishment of a basketball court. The town is currently raising funds to make one of the two present tennis courts near the community center into a basketball court.

The “House of Frightmares” will be held at the community center at 8 p.m. Admission will be $5 and concessions will be sold. Proceeds from this event will go to the purchase of new roller skates for winter use at the community center.

In other action, the council:

  • Issued a building permit to Grayson Williamson for renovations;
  • Agreed to reimburse Frank Reynolds for work he had paid for on a water issue;
  • Approved the purchase of a wireless, motion-activated camera system for city hall, up to $799.99;
  • Agreed to purchase $1,200 in safety equipment from a local vendor for town employees; and,
  • Placed an employee on a 90-day attendance and policy infractions program due to excessive absenteeism.

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

By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

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.