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Williamstown Council eyes disability policies

On Tuesday, Williamstown City Council met to discuss the next meeting, which will be held on Election Day.

Council meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The first Tuesday in November is November 2, which is Election Day.

Councilman Marty Seufer said the city building will be open, since Election Day is not a state holiday, and council will have its meeting as scheduled.

Mayor Paul Jordan spoke to the surrounding areas and received word that they will be issuing proclamations for Christian Heritage Week, which will be held between Nov. 21 and 27, and commemorates the Christian heritage of America and the impact Christianity has had on the nation, its cultures and its institutions. Jordan asked council for approval for Williamstown to issue a proclamation of its own. Council passed a motion to issue the proclamation unanimously.

Seufer explained that at the previous meeting, council discussed long-term and short-term disability policies for employees. After review of the bids received, council decided to go with Mutual Omaha at a cost of $4,203 annually for long-term disability, which will be funded by the employer.

Seufer expressed his belief that short-term disability would be a great benefit to new employees. The short-term would be paid for by the employee and would be based on salary. The second reading to offer short-term and long-term disability plans to employees passed unanimously.

In other business, the Williamstown Planning Commission will have a meeting Nov. 1 to discuss parking at Williamstown Dental.

The Sanitary Board met Tuesday and approved the city taking over the streets and infrastructure of phase one of the Courtyard at Tucker’s Landing. The decision was based on a letter of approval by Maria Hardy, City Engineer.

Seufer said that Solvay Specialty Polymers, a chemical plant in Marietta, has adopted Bee City projects financially and physically, and that it will help with Armstrong Gardens.

The Williamstown Tree Committee is working on getting the trees trimmed around the main transmission lines. During Community Work Day on Oct. 16, six donated trees were planted and Community Work Day has been extended to this Saturday, Oct. 23.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com

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