Piketon first responders benefit from CARES Act

By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


PIKETON – Piketon Village Council passed a resolution Monday that declared remaining dollars from CARES Act funding will be transferred to the village’s first responders to be used for salaries.


Council also passed a resolution that appropriated funds in the amount $124,141.40 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.


Mayor Billy Spencer announced that Piketon will have its Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, October 31 from 5- 6:30 p.m.


“It’s been a crazy year,” Spencer said. “Let these kids Trick-or-Treat if they want to. I’m sure there will be some parents who will keep their kids home, but I think we’re doing the right thing by offering it.”


Councilman Vic Brushart said the Lions Club will still have its costume judging contest and there will be hot dogs, prizes and drinks, but the location for that event is not yet determined.


During his Mayor’s Report, Spencer also mention that the Ohio Department of Transportation has issued a permit for directional boring under U.S. Route 23. Spencer said the only two things left do is go through the bidding process and whether the village wants to do it in the winter or wait until the spring.


“What that means is we’ll be getting sewer over to the east side of 23, which we currently don’t have,” Spencer said. “Because of that there is already business planned. We’re wanting to develop from the space between InSolves and the Sunoco station and on north to the Fairgrounds Road entrance.”


Spencer said there are six or seven manholes in that area and that sewer services will be available for businesses there. He added there are attractive pieces of land that will be made more attractive by the access to infrastructure.


The project is fully funded from the Appalachian Regional Commission with U.S. Department of Energy contractor Fluor-BWXT donating the local share.


“That is completely funded, we were out no money on that,” Spencer said. “That’s about a $150,000 project. It’s a good project.”


Council also passed a resolution revealing its Mission and Vision Statement.


The mission reads:


“To promote and support health and wellness for our residents, economic prosperity for our businesses, educational opportunities for our students, social justice and equality for all people and a safe environment free of hazards and threats in which to live, work and play.”


The vision reads:


“We believe it is our duty to govern in the best interest of the citizens who live in the Village of Piketon. We will serve the community to the best of our abilities by providing outstanding water and wastewater treatment services, transportation, infrastructure, parks and recreational facilities, community events, safe neighborhoods and fair and equitable law enforcement.”

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