West Liberty Council Discusses Village Safety


By: Alli Harlan

The West Liberty Village Council met in a regular session Monday night. Mayor, Brad Hudson, was absent, and the president of the Council, Jayne Griffith, led the meeting.

Resident, Lowell Buck, addressed the council asking them to consider special permission for a training session to shoot firearms inside the corporation limit of West Liberty. Buck’s request is in a location that has been approved in the past to host Concealed Carry Weapon classes taught by Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers. He mentioned that strangers came into West Liberty United Church of Christ and requested money three different times, making it alarming to all within the Church. The council plans to discuss this topic further an hour before the next meeting.

The following ordinances were approved:

  • Ordinance 2024-06- Cemetery Salary – 1st reading

Jeff Veron talks about the salary proposal:

  • Ordinance 2024-07 amend appropriations for Naturework Restroom Demo – 1st & final reading

Council moved into an old business where dumpsters, trash rates, and recycling were tabled along with the village spring clean-up project. The ODOT street light damage in the village is being taken care of by the Mayor.

Moving into new business, two council members have signed up for Certified Public Records Training. It was mentioned that the village has received quotes for medical insurance, this committee is to meet before the next meeting and will provide an update. It was also discussed that the Lions Park bathroom project has some updates.

Jayne Griffith talks about the project:

A new employee for the street department was approved and the village hopes to fill this position by middle to late April. Garage sale days were mentioned, and the Fiscal Officer ordered three porta-Johns to be placed around the village on those days. They also applied for a bike helmet grant from AAP Bike Safety Awareness, President of Council Jayne Griffith talks about when you can get a helmet:

The council, along with guests in attendance, made an effort to thank those who were involved in helping in the tornado clean-up efforts at Indian Lake.

The meeting concluded by mentioning the following important dates:

  • April 3rd, from 4 pm to 6 pm, Recycling
  • April 5th, fireworks at Lions Park
  • April 6th, Andy Detwiler day and celebration in the Opera House
  • April 7th, Dance competition, with trivia and refreshments
  • April 8th, Solar Eclipse

The next meeting will be held on April 15th, in council chambers, next to the West Liberty Fire Department at 7 PM.