WAYNESBURG All members of the Waynesburg Police Department have completed Taser training and are now certified to use the devices, according to Chief William Bath, who updated Waynesburg Village Council on the effort.
"Everyone now has a Taser," Bath said. "As long as they abide by the 5-page policy, they can use them."
The policy is based on guidelines set forth by Taser International, a U.S. developer, manufacturer, and distributor of conducted electrical weapons. The company now does business as Axon.
"We also have a certified Taser instructor in the department," Bath added.
Councilman Jeff Davis asked that the village's insurance company be notified that the police department is now trained in the use of Tasers and is outfitted with the devices.
Council also agreed to advertise for bids for the sale of trees in Roosevelt Park.
In February, council agreed to retain Coldwell Timber Consulting, LLC to assist with the sale of timer at Roosevelt Park.
Earlier this year, council advertised for bids for the timber and received just one bid. It decided to reject the bid and seek an expert opinion on the value of the wood.
Coldwell Timber will receive 10 percent of the gross sale price. If council rejects bids, the company will be paid $525.
Solicitor noted that while the company had sought bids for the trees, the village had not advertised for bids.
"We have to advertise it for at least two weeks," he explained.
Bids secured by the company were to be opened on April 12, but that will be delayed to facilitate any additional bids that may be received after the village advertises for additional bids.
"We are 90 percent in on this," Davis said. "We have to do the final 10 percent. Then, we can let the chips fall where they may."
In other business, council:
AGREED to pay bills totaling $34,996.63.
HEARD the second reading of an ordinance to adjust the terms and conditions of employment for Fiscal Officer Kathy Weisburn.
HEARD that Road Department Supervisor David Sickafoose will order some additional patching material for work on roads in the village.
HEARD Mayor's Court brought in $6,150 in March, with $1,240 going to the state and $4,910 going to the general fund.
HEARD that Spring Cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to noon April 22 at the park. Tires and appliances not be accepted. If dumpsters are full, officials ask that you wait until they are emptied and returned.
AGREED to make an annual donation of $600 to Sandy Valley American Legion Post No. 432 for Memorial Day events. Davis asked council to consider revising the donation, given rising costs. A second donation could be made to help defray any costs.
LEARNED that May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.
AGREED to rent a portable toilet form Ace Portables for use at the cemetery during the summer months.
LEARNED Councilman Shawn Dennis is working to pursue grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
RECEIVED an update on nuisance properties in the village. "It is a slow progress," Mayor Doug Welch said. "We are getting there."
The next meeting of the Waynesburg Village Council is 7:30 p.m. May 8 at village hall.