Though previous discussions on the matter have resulted in some contentious exchanges, last night’s vote was relatively quiet and without discussion. Though the discussion was missing, the votes remained the same as previous meetings with Councilwomen Mary McAngus and Ruth Spaun voting against the loan while Councilmen Dave Deem, Jim Sisson and George Stewart voted for it. Councilman Pete Barnhart was absent.
The 30-year loan agreement through Farmers Bank is for up to $575,000 with a 3.25 percent interest rate during the remodeling period and a 4.1 percent interest rate after the remodel of the former Millennium building. The building is owned by the Community Improvement Corporation.
The renovation will divide the building in half, including separate heating, cooling and electrical systems with Pomeroy’s village offices on one side and Pomeroy Auto Parts on the other.
Pomeroy Auto Parts is paying $2,916 a month for five years, while the village’s loan payment is said to be estimated at around $2,700 a month which means the village will actually make some money from the rent.
As part of the purchase agreement, the deed to the Pomeroy Municipal Building will be transferred to the CIC in exchange for a $100,000 deduction of the purchase price of the Millennium building.
Though Pomeroy Auto Parts has moved into its new home, last night Musser said he wasn’t sure when village offices will make the move.
Other council business:
Lila J. Follet of Parkersburg, W.Va., was hired as a class one wastewater treatment officer who will work with the wastewater and water departments. Follett will also work under Greg Wilson, an interim licensed water operator the village has hired until Follet earns her license. Follett will be on a 90-day probationary period with a negotiable salary to start at $35,000.
Council approved the hire of Garry Freed as a part time patrolman. Pomeroy Chief of Police Mark E. Proffitt said due to two departures from the department and resulting overtime, the hiring was necessary. Also approved as a full time dispatcher was Frank Stewart, a part time dispatcher.
Council approved purchasing new brakes for patrol car 11 at a cost of $55.
Council approved Pomeroy’s trick-or-treat time from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29.
Council approved the transfer of $5,000 from the general to street fund.
The latest Mayor’s Report was approved with Pomeroy taking in $11,929.29 in fines and forfeitures. Parking meters took in $1,988.71; parking tickets, $351; parking permits, $80; for a total of $2,419.71 collected. There were 119 parking tickets issued.
Council adjourned into executive session once to discuss legal matters at the wastewater plant. After resuming the regular session, the motion to hire Follet was made and approved.