West Jeff pool revenues fall short again

(Posted Sept. 8, 2016)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

For another year, the village of West Jefferson has had to move money to supplement the pool fund at the end of the season.

On Sept. 6, council members voted to move $7,500 from the general fund to the swimming pool fund because that fund did not have enough cash to last through year’s end. An ordinance authorized a supplemental appropriation of $4,157 to the pool’s personal service fund.

“The pool didn’t meet expected revenue,” said Debbie DiLeo, finance director.

The village has been making these supplemental appropriations annually in recent years.

“Costs keep getting bigger,” said Jack Herrel, council clerk.

“We don’t want to raise fees,” DiLeo said.

Council also voted to spend $8,500 for ferric chloride to be used at the wastewater treatment plant, and $27,649 for four flow meters and one rain gauge and peripheral equipment.

Public Service Director John Mitchell said the flow meters will be sent into the sewer lines to monitor and detect problems.

Parks and Recreation Director Marci Darlington outlined upcoming events, starting with a family fishing event planned for Sept. 17.

The Fall Family Fishing Fiesta will be held at the Duke Farm House on State Route 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Duke Realty, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Army Recruiting Center are co-sponsors of the catch-and-release event. Bring your own fishing gear or use some provided by the organizers.

A Night Under the Stars on Sept. 24 will feature the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to be shown at Garrette Park at dusk. Participants are encouraged to dress as Star Wars characters, like Chewbacca or a stormtrooper. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. Children will receive glow lanyards.

Darlington is also coordinating projects for the county’s Make a Difference Day on Oct. 22. London, Mount Sterling, Plain City and West Jefferson will be involved. Non-profit and service organizations, as well as individuals and families, are encouraged to perform projects, such as cleaning up parks, visiting residents in nursing homes, reading to the elderly, taking out a neighbor’s trash, and collecting food and clothing for the less fortunate.

The next West Jefferson village council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in council chambers, located on the second floor of town hall on Main Street.

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