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Village sets Fall Clean-Up Days at meeting

COAL GROVE — If the leaves are starting to turn, then it must be time for Coal Grove’s annual Fall Clean-Up Days.

Each year, the village hosts two clean-up events, one in the fall and one in the spring, to encourage residents to pitch in and take pride in their community.

With proof of residency, Coal Grove residents can unload trash at dumpsters placed at the water plant on Riverside Drive Oct. 3-8. Drop-off will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

All items, including brush, will be accepted except tires, air conditioners, batteries, gas tanks or anything that has ever contained Freon.

To provide proof of residency, clerk Deborah Fields said that residents must provide a current water bill that includes trash pickup fee. Coal Grove

Police officers have been on sight in the past to check the bills.

The village council also set its trick-or-treat date as Oct. 27 from 6-7 p.m.

In other business of the village:

• Coal Grove Fire Chief Gary Sherman gave an update on two federal grants the department applied for. He told council that their part of the $205,000 joint-grant with the Coal Grove Police Department, Upper, Hamilton, Lawrence and Elizabeth townships would be $50,000. This will fund new radio equipment after the county narrowbands the frequencies. The second grant is a $35,000 grant for new nozzles and hydraulic equipment. Sherman said he hopes to hear if the department is approved in the next six months.

• Coal Grove Police Chief Eric Spurlock reported to council that one of the police cruisers was damaged in an accident on U.S. 52 when a female driver rear-ended it. Spurlock said the Ohio State Highway Patrol handled the incident report and that it was not the Coal Grove officer’s fault. The other driver did have insurance. Spurlock also reported that three new officers the village hired are working out well and doing a good job.

• Council passed ordinance 09-11 banning street vendor sales.

• Had second reading of resolution 07-11 to enter into contract with MCA Billing.

• Had first reading of resolution 08-11 certifying tax budget rates to auditor. Councilman Nick Miller suggested the rules be suspended so council could pass the resolution. Council agreed and the resolution was passed.