West Jeff ballot language viewable online

(Posted Oct. 20, 2016)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

As West Jefferson residents prepare to vote in the Nov. 8 election, village council President Steve Johnston reminds them that the ballot language for proposed changes to the village charter can be found in several places.

Absentee ballots have been mailed, and the proposed changes are listed there, Johnston said at the Oct. 17 council meeting.

They also are listed on the village’s reactivated website, westjeffersonohio.gov, under “Vote,” and are posted on the front door of the village administration building.

The Charter Review Committee recommended and council approved several minor changes in the charter, but the residents will have their say on the proposals.

Also at the meeting, public service Director John Mitchell said leaf pickup is under way and will continue through Nov. 23. Residents can rake their leaves to the curb for pick-up. Details can be found on the village website under “Public Notices.”

Leaves should be at the curb no later than Nov. 18. Sticks, tree branches and grass clipping should be removed from leaf piles because that type of debris clogs the vacuum and slows the collection process.

Leaf collection crews are out on a daily basis, but the speed of their work depends on the weather. Rain and snow also slow the process.

Council approved a resolution accepting the application for annexation of nearly 300 acres of land from the Paul Fluke Trust to the village. The land is in Jefferson Township, adjacent to the village.

Thomas Hart, agent for the trust, said his clients are ready to get going on the rezoning under the village guidelines. Annexing the land to the village makes it eligible for village amenities and protection.

Parks and recreation Director Marci Darlington said the late-summer softball league will have a single-elimination tournament on Nov. 6 and a championship game on Nov. 13.

Council recognized Darlington for her 11 years of work in West Jefferson and Madison County for the Make a Difference Day.

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