POMEROY — Sixteen years as a Pomeroy village official came to an end yesterday for John Musser.
Musser, who served two terms on village council, all eight years as president, and another two terms as mayor, did not seek re-election in 2011.
“It was all rewarding, particularly the work on projects,” said Musser in an interview Thursday. And while he indicated he has no intention to re-enter the political scene, he did say he will be staying involved in the community. This comes as no surprise since Musser has always been involved.
He was chairman of the Downtown Pomeroy Revitalization Committee and worked on that successful project for almost five years. Currently he serves on the executive boards of the Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Vinton Sewer District, the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation, the Meigs County Tourism Board and is on the Board of the Farmers Bank.
Included among the many projects he championed as chairman of the revitalization committee and as a village official are the construction of the Pomeroy amphitheater, the boatdocks, the two parking lot gazebos and the popular riverside walking path.
He wrote numerous grants and secured funding for many projects including things like playground equipment for the Water Works Park and development of the Mulberry Pond into a community activity area. He has also helped to secure funding to assist the village in some needed infrastructure repair and replacement, street paving, and repair of the parking lot wall previously damaged from flooding.
Currently, the village has many infrastructure projects in the works — more than $9 million, which will probably start in 2012 and 2013,” said Musser, adding that, “we expect to complete the CSO projects mandated by the EPA within the next three to four years.”
Musser was quick to give credit to others, like Paul Hellman, village administrator, and Jim Smith, Mulberry Pond chairman, for their work in facilitating project development. Smith last week erected a sign of appreciation to Musser for securing the Nature Works grants which made it possible for improvements at the Mulberry Pond site.