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Village honors first-responders

December 7, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - The village recognized several first-responders at Thursday's council meeting.

Mayor Bob Gale honored village police Lt. Jesse Kosegi and Patrolman Chris Wright and Jefferson County Sherriff 's Sgt. Jeff Sterling and Deputy Gary Slates for their acts of courage.

"You went above and beyond the call of duty," Gale told the group, which saved 16 families, including six children and three animals, during a Nov. 17 fire on Two Ridge Road. "Your life is always in jeopardy in the line of duty and we appreciate your hard work."

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HONORS — Wintersville Mayor Bob Gale recognized village police officers and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies for saving 16 families during a Nov. 17 fire on Two Ridge Road. On hand, were from left, Wintersville Patrolman Chris Wright, sherriff’s Deputy Gary Slates, Gale, sheriff Sgt. Jeff Sterling and Wintersville Lt. Jesse Kosegi.

Gale announced voting in the annual Christmas lighting contest will take place Dec. 15-16.

"If you want to participate in the contest, make sure to keep your lights on for each of those days," Gale added.

Council voted to have each councilmember choose one winner, along with the mayor's award, for a total of six winners.

Gale also mentioned that a tree of remembrance is standing in the village gazebo.

"We put this tree up a few years ago as a remembrance for all those who have passed on," he explained. "Everyone is welcome to visit and place a bulb on the tree for their family members of friends who have died."

Village Administrator Walt Ziemba updated council on the first and second phases of the waste water treatment plant.

"Phase 1 has started and equipment has moved in," he explained. "Phase 1 will last about 15 months."

The scope of the work for the first phase includes headwords; new screening, grit and grease removal; a new grit classifier building; new influent and effluent flow monitoring; a new aerobic digester tank; a new scum pump station; the replacement of aeration diffusers; a new belt filter press; rehabilitation of the clarifiers; geodesic dome clarifier covers; an ultraviolet disinfection system; updates to the electrical system; the addition of two new blowers; raise the flow EQ tank wall; and asphalt resurfacing.

"Design for Phase 2 is moving ahead and we still are collecting information," he said. "We should hear about the loan through DEFA after the first of the year."

Ziemba noted that village employee Gabe Craig has received his Class 1 water supply operator license.

"We want to congratulate Gabe on his achievement," he noted. "He is now the second person on the crew that is certified."

Craig will receive a raise of 50 cents per hour for his certification.

In other business:

Gale announced a change in the sanitation scheduled, with the Dec. 25 collection being moved to Dec. 26 and the Jan. 1 collection being moved to Jan. 2.

Gale thanked everyone who helped with the Christmas parade, which was held on Nov. 25. "It was a great showcase for the village this year," he said.

Council heard from David Cusick and Doris Feather regarding sewer back up on Tera Manor.

Gale introduced new village employee, Angela Householder, who will begin her duties as police department clerk Jan. 1.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

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