Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances FP School Board changes millage funding formula Thirteen charged by Brown Co. Grand Jury Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up Impressive post-season tourney run reaches end for Lady Rockets Rose M Crone Thousands visit Traveling Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall Strategies discussed to join Maysville/Mason County KY with Brown Co. communities for economic growth Road and bridge work planned in county Linda M Lawson Margaret G Newkirk Gregory R Dunn Sandra L Haitz Wesley A Cooper Everette F Donell Lady Broncos move to SW District Div. II finals Lady Rockets top Cincy Christian 22-1 to earn berth in district finals Lady Warriors head to SE District Div. III finals with win over Gallia SW District Track and Field Tourney action gets underway Russell E Conn Robert T Fisher Philip L Paeltz David Beals Gregory A Smith II William G Mullinnix Patricia Ogden Brittany Stykes remembered by friends and family 2018 county budget could be cut by up to ten percent Georgetown Police Chief updates council Over 40 vendors, crafters at 2017 Annual Craft Show Cropper’s time as GHS girls basketball coach expected to end after 21 years at the helm Barnes’ perfect game and big hits lead Lady Broncos to round one sectional win Broncos advance in sectional play with win over Mt. Healthy Kenny B Williams Stephen E Marcum Christopher J Lovett Brandon M Traylor Gaslight renovations set to begin Ripley students view mock crash at school

Georgetown Administrator Art Owens pushed back Duke Energy repairs to 2016

GEORGETOWN — The Village of Georgetown held their first village council meeting following the Brown County Fair, and while there weren’t many issues raised, Administrator Art Owens provided updates to council on a number of village matters.

According to Owens, Duke Energy had contacted him recently and told him that this November, they were planning on cutting off electricity for a period of three days in order to undergo repairs. Owens said that he was able to push those repairs back to Spring 2016, but in the meantime he’s begun discussions with American Municipal Power and Duke Energy to find ways to fill the electricity gap.

“We’re going to find a way to beef up the substation, or find portable generation, or a portable substation, to make sure that we do not go out of power when they do the repair, because the repair will take three days to do,” Owens said, adding that the original plan would have knocked out power to most of the village’s business district.

Owens told council that he will begin meeting with insurance vendors to start comparing options for liability insurance, and that the village will be seeking bids for health insurance. Both insurances are up by the start of 2016.

Council was updated on the new salt barn being built for the village by Dale Bonar. The barn is currently in construction and will double the village’s capacity from 150 tons to 300 tons. The barn should be completed by next week, according to Owens.

Lastly, on October 16, Owens said he anticipated some traffic in town as the Brown County Commissioners approved to have a sewer line replaced from the courthouse to the village sewer main in the middle of Main St.

Later in the meeting, village council declined to take any action on a liquor permit transfer, from Roger and Robin Parker to Wade Highlander, who along with his wife Lori purchased Parker’s Pizzeria last month.

During round-table discussion, Councilwoman Susan Bean told council and the administration that the tree commission and Urban Forester Wendy Van Buren from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources found nine trees in one-fifth of the village that have been identified, and seven of them are in hazardous condition. All of the trees identified are on public property, according to Bean.

“They are trees that are not very long lived, and at a certain point they start to fall apart,” Bean said of the ash trees in town that are in poor condition. “At some point we will require the village to take a stand and remove these trees.”

Council President and planning commission chair Kelly Cornette updated council on the latest discussions of the zoning ordnance. Cornette provided all members of council a copy of the latest zoning ordinance and asked if they would read it over and respond by the next meeting. Solicitor Joe Braun said that he could give council notes on the changes that took place in the zoning ordinance between the last two planning commission meeting.

Georgetown Police Chief Rob Freeland gave his monthly status report, discussing incidents that took place during the Brown County Fair, as well as arrest raids conducted by the Brown County Drug and Major Crimes task force on September 28.

Freeland also happily relayed to council that the police department had received another anonymous donation that will allow them to equip their newest police officer, Derek VanDemark.

Lastly, council approved a motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel issues. No action was taken following the return to general session.

The next Georgetown Village Council meeting will take place on Thursday, October 22.

Georgetown Mayor, Dale Cahall, and Administrator Art Owens address Georgetown Village Council at their regular meeting on October 8.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_GeorgetownVC8815-1-DanielKarell-.jpgGeorgetown Mayor, Dale Cahall, and Administrator Art Owens address Georgetown Village Council at their regular meeting on October 8.
Georgetown administrator works to push power outage back

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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