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Sherrodsville council members gratefully welcomed former member Amy McCormick back to her position last week.

The village has been searching for two council members to serve since January 1 after McCormick and Janet Pearch’s terms expired. McCormick served on council for many years but had chosen to step aside and not seek re-election at the November 2013 fall election to give someone else a chance to serve.  No one volunteered in January and McCormick said she would return if no one else came forward. She graciously agreed to serve the village again and was sworn in by Solicitor Jason Jackson.

One seat remains open on council after Pearch did not seek re-election last November.   Anyone interested in serving the village as a council member is asked to attend the next meeting March 18. There is a one-year residency requirement to be a council member.

In an unrelated matter, council learned a lack of funding is causing a problem with porta-johns for the village for the summer months. 
No public restrooms are available at the parks or in the village.

Traditionally, the village has paid for one unit at the park, one at the firehouse ball field, and three at the high school ball fields.

Fiscal officer Valerie Gardner said Port-johns are available at $65 each per month. However. the village budget can only pay for one unit for the entire village for the summer and that unit will be placed at the village park.
Normally the units are in place from March 1 through November 1. “We hate to pass on the cost to the leagues, but we may have no choice.  If they want them, they will have to help pay for the services,” said Moffat.

Mayor Ken Moffat said he will contact the Conotton Valley Booster Club, the school athletic director, and the coaches for the baseball and softball teams to see if any donations could be made to pay for the porta-johns for the children’s use this summer.

-In other business, council:
- ANNOUNCED a service contract with Monroe Township for $6,000 for the year.

- ANNOUNCED CPR Day will be held March 12 in the rear of the fire department building. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information call 330-987-4373.

- WAS advised a Bureau of Workers Compensation claim against the village was settled for $9,000 but the ruling may prevent the village from participating in a group rating plan for some time.  No other details regarding the matter were released.

- APPROVED spending up to $1,330 for new batteries and chargers for the EMS department for pagers.

-LEARNED the fire department has smoke detectors to give away. Anyone needing one should call the fire department. A firefighter will also install them in the home if needed.

- TABLED a decision on the purchase of 35 new flags for the poles in the village due to a lack of funds available.

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