POMEROY — Pomeroy Village Council approved issues to appear on the November ballot during last week’s regular council meeting.
Among the items approved at the meeting for the November General Election was the proposed Palmer Energy Opt-Out electric program.
The program, which was detailed during the first meeting of July, will be the topic of a special council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Pomeroy Village Hall.
The opt-out program is similar to the gas opt-out program voted into place a few years ago.
Palmer Energy’s opt-out program was presented as a way to save residents money on their electric bills through deregulation.
The vote by council to place the issue on the ballot was 3-1 in favor of the placement, with council member Ruth Spaun voting no.
Two renewal levies were also voted on by council to be placed on the November ballot. The levies are a one mill fire levy and a current expenses levy. Both would be renewals to levies currently in place in the village.
Businessman Don Vaughan of The Vaughan Agency spoke with council regarding signs he wished to place on the business property. Vaughan had previously been told his original sign placement would not meet village code.
Vaughan asked for guidance on what signs would be permitted. Mayor Mary McAngus said she would have Code Enforcement Officer Clayton Taylor and Police Chief Mark Proffitt meet with Vaughan.
Village resident Joe Struble expressed his concern to council about Vaughan placing signs on the property and the safety concerns it would create.
Dan Morris spoke with council about the old Pomeroy High School building. Morris asked questions about the condition of the building and the current and past titles of the property.
Morris asked to have a month for the alumni group to contact an engineer to see if the building could be used for what the group wanted.
Council approved rebidding the building with the advertisement to begin on or around Aug. 28.
Council gave approval for a liquor permit to be issued in the village to Manju Bala Sharma.
Village Administrator Paul Hellman presented council with a schedule for the storm drain project which will take place in August and September.
Hellman noted that it would result in road closures. West Main Street, near Taco Bell, would be closed from Sept. 17-27, and East Main Street, near Dettwiller Lumber, would be closed from Sept. 31-Oct. 3.
More details on the road closures and detours will be announced closer to the date.