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Village picks top citizen

September 21, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Mayor Bob Gale described former village resident Chris France as "someone who cared about and dedicated her life to the community."

For her efforts, France was named the 2011 citizen of the year as well as the 2012 Frank P. Layman Lifetime Achievement award winner at Thursday night's Village Council meeting.

Former village Mayor Dave France accepted the award on behalf of his late wife, who died Dec. 13 after battling Lou Gehrigs disease, Gale stated.

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HONOR — Wintersville Mayor Bob Gale, left, presented the 2011 citizen of the year award and the 2012 Frank P. Layman Lifetime Achievement Award to the late Chris France at Thursday night’s council meeting. Accepting on behalf of his wife was former Wintersville Mayor Dave France.
-- Jess Looman

"Chris dedicated her life to education and taught for more than 50 years - 33 in the Steubenville City Schools - as well as 17 years training other teachers," Gale explained. "She is responsible for the education of some of our best teachers, children and grandchildren.

"She also served her community and was a member of the 2010 United Way committee; the Wintersville Betterment Committee; Thunder in the Ville committee; the Choral Society; and was Wintersville's first lady when her husband served as mayor in 2004 and 2007."

In other matters, council heard an update on Phase 1 of the waste water treatment plant project.

"Construction is to be approved next Thursday with the Ohio Water Development Authority," Village Administrator Walt Ziemba said. "Shortly after that we should be able to go to bid for the project."

He then explained the Phase 2 project kickoff was held on Sept. 12.

"Phase 2 will include lift station updates, manhole rehab and a new section of sanitary sewers," he noted. "We will also be applying for another $500,000 loan."

He also told council that the Springdale paving project is nearly complete.

"The paving has been completed on Two Acre Road, Simpson Street, Short Street, Oliver Street, Talbott Street, Ekey Street and Springdale, with exception of the speed bumps on Springdale," he stated. "The signs and painting of the lines will be completed next Saturday, weather permitting."

Council then approved a motion to hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 before the next council meeting regarding the Gumps Lane waterline replacement and road reconstruction project.

"We will discuss the Community Development Block Grant survey, which includes an income survey from residents to be approved for the funding of the project," Ziemba said.

In other business, council:

Announced the fall hydrant flushing will be held from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. Ziemba reminded residents there may be discolored water and low water pressure during the flushing.

Announced trick-or-treat hours will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The annual village Halloween party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wintersville Elementary School.

Heard from Ziemba that the 2012 salt prices have decreased to $13 per ton from last year and will be $58.45 per ton.

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