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Wintersville welcomes new village employees

March 2, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - The village recently welcomed two new employees to its street and sanitation department.

Village Administrator Walt Ziemba introduced Justin Emory and Jacob Kulin before council Thursday night. Emory will be working part time and replace Cody Neely, and Kulin is working full time replacing Joey Miller, Ziemba explained.

"We welcome both of you to the village," Mayor Bob Gale relayed. "I believe that the both of you will serve the village well."

Gale then urged village residents to remember to vote yes for Issue 6, the Indian Creek Local School District's levy, on Tuesday's ballot.

"I have been hearing a lot of positive and negative messages about this issue," he noted. "Indian Creek High School, however, is by far the worst school in the county (building wise) and the second worst school in the state. Some people think that we don't need it but how can we put our kids into that school?

"Another issue is that we need to have nice facilities to bring people to the community," he continued. "Sometimes we have to go the extra mile to support our schools and our community. I know that it is a tough time but we owe this to our kids and our community. We need to back Issue 6."

Issue 6 is a $4.95-mill bond issue that will allow the Indian Creek School District to build a new high school.

Village Councilman Tom Bottorf agreed, noting, "get out and vote for issue 6. This will help the village residents' property tax, and our kids and our community deserve a nice school."

Council then passed a proclamation declaring March 2012 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

"Our community is better together," Gale said. "Take time to get to know someone with a disability and what he or she has to offer. The most effective way to increase this awareness is through everyone's active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual's contribution.

In other matters, council:

Agreed to donate $100 to the Fort Steuben Burial Estate's annual Easter egg hunt slated for April 1.

Heard from Councilman Robbie Martin, who wished the Indian Creek High School boys basketball team luck against East Liverpool Saturday.

Heard from Treasurer Mike Payne, who congratulated ICHS boys basketball coach Joe Dunley on being named Eastern District Division II Coach of the Year and ICHS girls basketball player Bre Berriman on being named Eastern District Division II Player of the Year.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 15.

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