2009-05-16 / News

Kirkersville adds two auxiliary officers

By Scott Rawdon

KIRKERSVILLE - Last week, Kirkersville Mayor Terry Ashcraft said he thought the village's May 4 operating levy passed because the current administration is cleaning up some of Kirkersville's finances.

This week, he'd like residents and businesses to think about cleaning up Kirkersville literally, where necessary. Ashcraft said the village distributed flyers in the sewer bills, telling businesses and residents about Kirkersville's clean up week, May 18 through 21.

"We're not trying to make it hard on people," said Ashcraft, but he said some properties could use some tidying and council would like to see that done before the annual National Road Yard Sale. Ashcraft was clear that anyone who needs help removing trash and junk from their properties should contact the village or him, Zoning Inspector Don Copely, or council member Debbie Seymour directly, and they will volunteer to help.

"We have to be considerate of our neighbors," said Seymour.

Waste Management picks up trash on Thursdays.

The 2009 National Road Yard Sale along US 40 is May 27 through May 31. According to www.ohio40.com, many participants will only hold yard sales on Friday and Saturday. The communities of Gratiot, Hebron and Kirkersville will have Big Community Yard Sales exclusively on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact www.ohio40.com for complete listings or Charla Devine, 740-928-8320 for Licking County information.

In other council news:

• Ashcraft said former police chief Robert Chamberlain returned his personnel file, which he took with him when he left the position. However, said Ashcraft, Chamberlain's application ismissing. Also still missing are two computer hard drives that left the village with the former chief. Previously, it was thought that Chamberlain left with DVDs that may have contained video of traffic stops.

Village Clerk Juanetta Metheny said Wednesday that no one is really sure what information the hard drives contain. Ashcraft said the Licking County Prosecutor's Office is handling the retrieval of the hard drives.

• There is now 30 minute parking during restricted hours along the north side of US 40 though Kirkersville, roughly in front of the Park National Bank. There is no longer two-hour parking in Kirkersville.

• Council will hold a special meeting May 20, 7 p.m. in the Village Hall to decide on a garbage contractor for the village. Waste Management, Rumpke, and Big- O have all bid for the job.

• The village will advertise for a new solicitor to replace current solicitor Deborah Kenney Mc- Bride, who will leave the position in July. An exact departure date is not decided.

• Kirkersville Police Chief Mark Bossa introduced two new auxiliary officers - Steve Mallory and Destiny Couch - to council members. Bossa said his department has installed new video cameras and a M.D.T., or mobile data terminal, so officers may access drivers license information, BMV photos, and wants and warrants. He said the system is a great tool and greatly enhances officer safety.

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