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Council joins Child Abuse Prevention celebration

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
FPS Reporter

Pinwheels will be blowing in the breeze on Public Square during April.
Carrollton Council approved a request from Cheri Miller to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Monday meeting.  Miller, an employee of Carroll County Department of Job and Family Services, told members each pinwheel represents a reported instance of child abuse or neglect in Carroll County.  It’s important to note each reported instance could represent one or more children.

Pinwheels will be placed in the upper portion of Public Square during the first week of April (weather permitting).  Miller gave council an overview of the “Pinwheels for Prevention” walk planned for April.  Other activities are planned throughout the month.

According to Miller 289 pinwheels were on display last year.

“We want to get the word out,” stated Miller.  “We want to educate the public on how to report abuse and neglect.”

Council members responded by noting the instances are “terrible” and “a sad statistic.”

In an unrelated matter, after a meeting with Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad, Mayor Frank Leghart received an offer from the company regarding an easement for a discharge line for the water treatment plant on Brenner Rd. 

The railroad offered the village a one-time 25-percent discount of $15,000 per 200 linear feet of right of way.  An estimated 1,300 feet will be needed bringing the cost of purchase cost to $85,000 - $90,000.  Council approved a motion to accept the offer and sent thanks to Wheeling & Lake Erie for the discount and cooperation.

In other business, council:
-HEARD a request from Village Administrator Denny Roudebush asking council and the public to report any water trucks hooked to village fire hydrants.  This is illegal.

-APPROVED to purchase three bullet-proof vests for the police department.  Each vest costs $759.95 for a total of $2,279.85.

-LEARNED village police officers are using the clip-on camera from Vievu in Seattle, WA.  The department has a 30-day trial period, which can be extended if needed.

-APPROVED a motion to pay the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for dispatch services.

-GRANTED a request from the Carroll County Historical Society to close 2nd St. SE, from the square to the Municipal Building May 18 and 19 during business hours.

-HEARD Asplundh Tree Service will be removing certain trees in curb strips around the village.  These trees are in bad shape and will be removed at no cost to the village.

-SCHEDULED a public works committee for March 25 at 6 p.m. to discuss street and alley paving.

-PAID bills totaling $32,657.93 for vendors and $30,571.31 for payroll.

-SET the next council meeting for March 25 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

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