By Carol McIntire
Sherrodsville is returning the bell from the former Sherrodsville elementary school to its rightful owner.
During the November council meeting, council members agreed not to accept the donation of the bell, which will return it to the Conotton Valley Union Local School District.
“The bell is in our possession, but we have not accepted the donation,” Mayor Ken Moffat told council. “It is my understanding that, when the district closes Bowerston elementary next year, the district wants to take the bells from Bowerston and Sherrodsville elementary schools and place them next to the bell at the high school.”
Council agreed with the idea and, in order to make sure their decision is known for future generations, passed a motion not to accept the donation of the bell.
“I will tell Mr. Herman (Tom, district superintendent) to come pick up the bell,” Moffat said.
In an unrelated matter, council once again spent a great deal of the meeting focused on emergency ambulance issues.
Upon the recommendation of Fiscal Officer Roxanne Mazur, council agreed to a contract with the Ohio Attorney General for collection of delinquent ambulance accounts.
“I recommend we adopt the contract pending Ohio Billing giving us a ‘thumbs up’,” said Mazur.
Mandy Henderson presented the EMS report in the absence of Coordinator Joel Decker, who, Henderson said, was in the Carolina’s for a job interview.
“When Joel isn’t here to run as a paramedic, we are having trouble getting the services of one,” she said. “Smith Ambulance and New Philadelphia didn’t have one when we needed one. We had to go out of our way to use one from Quad Ambulance of Magnolia on our way to Aultman,” she said.
Henderson said Sherrodsville EMS is averaging about 20 medic calls a month and, not only is it difficult to secure the services of an outside paramedic, it is getting expensive.”
“Everyone is so busy nowadays,” she said.
The safety committee, which met prior to the meeting, scheduled a meeting Nov. 21 to discuss ambulance service issues with Decker. The committee consists of Michelle Higgenbotham, Amy McCormick and Lila Booth.
In other business, council:
-ALLOTED up to $350 for repair of the Christmas lights and to install and remove the lights in the village.
-LEARNED Mayor Moffat met with Atwood Regional Sewer officials concerning a drainage issue in the village.