POMEROY — A little over half of Pomeroy’s fire hydrants are working, according to Pomeroy Village Administrator Paul Hellman, which means nearly half aren’t working.
Hellman said if he had to estimate, he guessed 60 percent of hydrants work and 40 percent don’t work. Resident Dan Morris questioned Hellman about it at this week’s meeting of Pomeroy Village Council. Hellman said he’s working on grants to replace and repair those which aren’t working. For residents wondering if their hydrants are functional, if it’s painted blue it’s working, if it’s painted green it has some defect that may cause it not to work correctly or not work at all. The village is responsible for repairing and maintaining the hydrants, not the fire department.
Hellman also told Morris there are approximately 28 new, digital water meters for residential customers which remain to be installed. Customers who are waiting on these new water meters are still being charged the minimum charge for water usage per month. Hellman said the village is working on getting the remaining 28 meters installed.
Other council business:
Council approved use of the Pomeroy Parking Lot for Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 10. The event, sponsored by the American Legion Drew Webster Post 39, will feature a parade at 10 a.m., food vendors, speakers and a military flyover. The Drew Webster Post is also selling chances for a $300 food card from Powell’s Foodfair. Tickets are $1 or six tickets for $5 as a fundraiser for the event. Tickets can be purchased from post members and the drawing is July 5.
Police Chief Mark E. Proffitt told Morris the police department’s parking meter enforcement car, a Nissan Sentra, had been sold to David Clark of Chester for $275. Proffitt then told Morris, Clark didn’t have the funds to fix it since it wasn’t running, so Proffitt purchased the car from Clark.
An open drain was reported in the Monkey Run area. Hellman said he would fix it.
All members of council were present for this week’s meeting.