West Liberty Mayor Holds Her Last Council Meeting


By: Alli Harlan

The West Liberty City Council met on Monday evening to discuss local news.

Andrew Blount with the West Liberty Historical Society presented the new and updated stage curtains that were installed in November. The curtains were uniquely made and hung for the Opera House by Beck’s Studios in Cincinnati. Updates include side curtains, border curtains, and a drop-down projection screen. Blount informed the council that ten groups will be using the Opera House in December, as the number increases each month.
He gives more information on the updates:

During the meeting, Shannon Maier gave thanks to those who voted for her as she will be on the West Liberty City Council in 2024.

From being on the council since 2008 and mayor for the past three years, Mayor McKelvey held her last meeting on Monday. She spoke on the recent Brownfield Grant that West Liberty stands ‘on top of the list:

Recycling within the village took place at the recycling center on December 8th with the help of council members Patty, Jayne, Cindee, as well as Noah Boyd. The next date for recycling is on January 3rd from 4 PM to 6 PM, manned by the Council members. It was requested that costs from each recycling company be ready to report by the next meeting in order to get a survey to residents for their opinion on the service.

The Mayor informed that a Tech Cred partnership with Champaign Economic and Clark State will potentially create a pool of workers licensed in water and sewer maintenance to help support the village.

There was a cyber attack on the water plant last Friday. An FBI agent from New York called last Friday to inform the village, and another call was made from an agent in Columbus later last week. The village has taken action on the threat by purchasing a protection system from Hometown Techs in Urbana that will block IP Addresses from foreign countries. As populations grow all around Ohio, Mayor McKelvey speaks on the importance of zoning laws within small communities:

The Street Committee gave an update that they are unable to install the brackets and troop banners. The council will be brainstorming as a group to take over this task in the upcoming spring.

Officer John Puckett’s resignation was accepted with this week being his last week.

West Liberty Council wishes everyone a safe Holiday.

The village offices will be closed from December 25 to January 1st.

Their next meeting will be on January 8th at 7:00 PM at the West Liberty Town Hall.