Russells Point Village Council Recap


The Russells Point Village council handled a light agenda at their meeting in council chambers last night. Village Police Chief Joe Freyhof presented the council with a report detailing his department’s activity for 2022. The department handled 6,721 calls for service which was down approximately 1,000 from 2021. Freyhof attributed this drop to staffing issues.

In all, the department handled 195 criminal cases, which is down from 224 in 2021. His department also made 831 traffic stops, 685 of which resulted in written or verbal warnings. The department was called to assist EMS 67 times, was dispatched to 13 fight calls, and served 30 warrants. The department also brought in $10,947.50 through the village Mayor’s Court in the form of impound fees and bonds.

Also, Mayor Reames informed the council that the records committee is still working on a policy that will address the retention and storage of police officer body camera footage. She gave no timetable as to when that policy would be ready for the council’s approval.

Mayor Reames also informed the council that she received a report from the United Christian Services of Indian Lake Food Pantry. In all, the pantry served 3624 individuals that received more than 85,000 pounds of food. This works out to 15,000 days of food in total. 21.5% of the recipients were children, 43.8% were adults, and 34.7% were seniors.

Mayor Reames said that her office also received word from the Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission (LUC) that the village has received grant funding to demolish six properties in the village. It is hoped the work will be completed by this summer.

Her office also received a request from the Indian Lake Brewing Company and The Landing for the village to establish a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). She said there are numerous DORA zones in municipalities all over the state. She directed the council members to the Ohio Department of Liquor Control website to read up on the requirements so the council can address the possibility in the future.

Fiscal Officer Jeff Weidner told Council that CCA is once again offering taxpayer assistance. The appointments will be on March 17th from 1-3 PM. Appointments will be required. He directed people to the CCA website for more information. That website is

Mayor Reames also briefly discussed the ongoing planning for the proposed hotel in the village.

Council will next meet on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 7:00 PM to work around the President’s Day holiday.