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Prestonville holds first reading for board member pay increase

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By SANDIE BANKS

The News-Democrat

The City of Prestonville has set the date for its annual Prestonville Day for June 21. The city commission approved a motion setting the event at its recent monthly meeting April 21. 

Commissioner Linda Clark stated that she saw the event as a “good thing.” She made the motion for the event to run 9 a.m. till 9 p.m., and for Mayor Billy Walker to pick up the necessary supplies.  The motion was seconded by Louis Spencer and passed unanimously.

The commission discussed getting a band or a disc jockey for the event.  City Clerk Allison Willhoite volunteered to check on getting a band.  The commission will make additional decisions after they have the necessary information.

Clean Up Day

Prestonville city wide cleanup day has been set for May 17.  There will be at two dumpsters brought in by the city, with the possibility of two more supplied by the county.  The city plans on placing one dumpster on the north side of town near the county garage.  The other dumpster will be placed on the south side of town on the property that was to house the ill-fated community center. 

A backhoe, and assistance, will be provided for those who need help lifting any heavy objects into the dumpsters. 

Pay increase

City Attorney Corey Gamm conducted the first reading of the proposed pay increase for city officials. The proposed compensation will be at a fixed rate of $175 per month for Mayor, and a fixed rate of $125 per month for commissioners.

Gamm told the commission that the raise must be passed by May 1 in order to become effective January 1.  A second reading is needed before it can be passed.  A special meeting has been called for April 28 for this second reading.  The commission will also conduct the first reading of the budget at the same meeting.

Spencer proposed a pay increase for the City Clerk position.  Gamm told him that, unlike the Commissioners raise, the clerk’s pay can be changed at any time.  He proposed “putting it in the agenda next time.” Any action was postponed till the next meeting.

Ditching

The city commission continued its discussion over the issues officials have with ditching, and water runoff from the area around Christman Farms.  Keith Christman appeared before the commission to discuss the problem.  Commissioner James Burgin shared photos with Christman.

After some discussion, they agreed some of the issues were related to culverts located on county property.  Clark, Burgin and Spencer agreed to attend Carroll County Fiscal Court the following day to see what could be done to alleviate the problem. 

Christman told commissioners that, “We will work with you anyway we can.  We are here. We are not going anywhere.”

Potholes

Walker told commissioners that he is waiting for Ohio Valley Asphalt to run surface asphalt.  He said he would complete the pothole work at that time.

Vandalism

No charges have been filed against the teenager that vandalized city property in January of this year.  The teenager allegedly caused the damage when he was riding on city land with a dirt bike.  Walker told commissioners that the evidence had been turned over to Carroll County deputy J.T. Shaw, and was to be shared with County Attorney Nick Marsh’s office.  Marsh has not yet contacted the city about charges; therefore the city has decided to pursue the matter in small claims court.  Spencer proposed they “go forward” with the charges.  Charles Smith seconded the motion and it was unanimous.

Mowing update

The person hired at the last meeting to mow the community center property, the park and surrounding area, has now quit.  Walker told commissioners that he has been approached by Dustin Smith about taking over the mowing job. 

Gamm said that if the bids were under $20,000, the commission could hire someone to continue the mowing without again seeking bids.  Smith would need to have insurance to secure the position.  Walker agreed to follow up with Smith.

Sewer update

The city is going forward on plans to pay off the city sewer bill.  Willhoite told the commission that its certificate of deposit matures in May, and will be worth $84,416.  Commissioners asked Willhoite to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the payoff amount of the debt. 

Burgin made a motion to allow Willhoite to cash out the CD when it matures in May, and add the money to the city checking account.  This motion was passed unanimously. 

The commission went into closed session to discuss pending litigation.  No further action was taken.