Williamsburg to apply for stimulus funds for police

March 19th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Williamsburg Police Department concerns were addressed when council met on Thursday, March 12.

Mayor Mary Ann Lefker and Chief Michael Gregory reported that they will be submitting a request for an additional full-time police officer for the village through the federal stimulus package.

“An additional officer would be 100 percent funded for two years,” said Chief Gregory. “After that the village would have to pick up the funding.”

Auxiliary officer Jillian Rudd was sworn-in by Mayor Lefker. Lefker also read a letter of resignation from part-time officer Geoffrey Lucas. Council approved his resignation as of March 23. In a letter of recommendation from Police Chief Gregory, council members approved changing the status of auxiliary officer Michael Borchers to that of part-time officer.

Mayor Lefker reported that the village is working with the school regarding funding for an officer but that the details were not all in place.

Auxiliary officer Jillian Rudd, right, was sworn in by Williamsburg Mayor Mary Ann Lefker, left, during the council meeting on March 12.
The public works department recently moved a water line located on state Route 276 over Cain Run Creek saving the village some money. The project was estimated to cost $30,000 if done by a private contractor. The Ohio Department of Transportation could not do the project but agreed to reimburse the village 40 percent of the cost to have the project completed.

The actual cost to the village for the project was just over $15,000 but they are expected to be reimbursed about $7,000 from the state, bringing the total cost to the village of $8,000.

In other business:

• Mayor Lefker read a thank you note from Girl Scout Troop 8628. The troop uses the community room located in the village office to hold its meetings.

• Council approved support for a planned senior development by L. W. Associates and establishing a zoning classification for the development.

• Councilwoman Terri Ousley reported that the park committee had purchased "Mutt Mitts" to be placed in the park for pet owners to dispose of excrement.

• Mayor Lefker read a letter from MRDD and will post a flier in the village offices recognizing March as MRDD Awareness Month.

• Council members responded to a resident's complaint about cats in her yard. According to Mayor Lefker, the village has two cat traps available for residents to capture cats, but it would be the responsibility of the resident to take the cat to the animal shelter. The village provides the traps, but they do not capture them. The village pays the euthanasia fee of $18 per animal when they are taken to the shelter in the traps.
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