Well, we're home again and ready to get back at it. There were several things I was curious about since the last council meeting. So here is what I found out.
Here's a news flash: The first truck loads of sludge removed from the digesters at the Sewage Plant was shipped out today to an EPA approved land fill. That was somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty tons. It will probably be a week to 10 days before the job is completely finished. The village is considering buying the machine they brought in from CA for just in case measures. They are presently negotiating with Earth Tech in an attempt to get them to share some of the cost. I'm not pointing fingers but as I said before the ball was dropped somewhere along the line. It's a situation that should have never occurred. Machinery wears out with time but from what I saw in the pictures shown me a lot deterioration could have been prevented with a few coats of paint over the years. I don't know what is in the contract that pertains to that type of maintenance.
Speaking of the contract for the operation of the sewage plant I was told the bid is being revised and will be rebidded. It has already gone one round and that bid was rejected. With the latest problems they decided to do it over. I think the present contract expires next year.
Pictured above is the new jungle gym thing in the shape of the Mayflower that was put in at the 18th Street playground. It's kind of neat with slides, swings and things to climb on. If you don't want to play pirates there are lots of other things to entertain the young ones. The black surface all around the ship looks like recycled tires ground up. It is very spongy to soften any falls. Kudos to the folks at the Covenant church for undertaking this project. That's what being good neighbors is all about.
Someone asked a while back if Donald Hickman is still our dog catcher and the answer to that is yes. Although he has been charged he hasn't gone to trial yet. In this country a man is innocent until proven guilty. That even applies to us in the ville. Nothing will be done until the verdict comes in.
By the way, Mr. Hickman now has a cell phone you can call if you have any animal control problems. The number is 330-383-0225. Also, they are still working with the St. Francis Animal Shelter folks to work out some agreement. With everything else going on that is still to be resolved. I get the feeling both sides have the same goal in mind to settle that matter.
The Randy Martin law suit against the village & the WPD is still going through motions and from I could see no trial date has been set. Martin is the fellow that says he was mistreated by the police that I mentioned before. He was arrested for inducing panic pretending that he had a gun among other things. Hopefully that law suit will go away too. Seems like Mr. Martin was bad news in Salineville before he came to town.
One word comes to mind when considering Eric Dillard's motion to be allowed to go on a job interview in WV and that word is moxie. Mr. Dillard is under house arrest for the killing of Jamie Farley this past April and is awaiting trial. Now he wants to go out of state for a possible job. It was reported he wanted a job to support himself and his son. How did he support himself prior to the shooting? According to a report in this morning's ER the judge denied that motion.
In today's Morning Journal it was reported that visiting Prosecuting Attorney Grimshaw has filed a motion to have J.C. Amato's bail possibility taken away altogether. This is because of the latest charges of being caught recently with guns and pipe bombs in his bedroom at his parent's home. Mr. Amato is currently sitting in jail. Because of the latest charges the judge made his bond $100,000 cash or surety. He took away the 10% option for bail.
While I was nibbing around I ran into the mayor. He tells me he got a second opinion about his upcoming surgery and with that is getting more tests done. He said the village will be proud owners of the two new police cruisers previously mentioned and Goss' new truck probably within the next two weeks. We haven't gotten any road salt for winter yet but the village is dealing with the county & state and are waiting for them. They are suppose to give us a heads up if it will be prudent to start stock piling it. According to an AP report last week the cost of road salt has really gone up.
That's it for this go around...