Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Air Evac Lifeteam requests contract with Ripley Council and life squad Odyssey Canvas Works, Inc. is back home working in new building Ripley’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up

Ripley Police Department in dire need of new vehicles

By Martha Jacob –

In the absence of Ripley Village Mayor Tom Leonard, vice mayor Charles Poole led the Nov. 22 council meeting.
Ripley Police Officer Josh Miller started the meeting off informing council that his department is trying to purchase two new vehicles.
“We currently have a 2009 Charger and a 2001 Expedition,” Officer Miller explained, “They are starting to really beat up our budget with constant maintenance.
“In two years we spent over $11,000 in maintenance costs alone. Where as the 2014 Charger which we bought brand new has only cost us $390 in maintenance.”
Officer Miller went on to say that his officers on an 8-hour shift is the equivalent of putting 43,800 miles on the vehicle per year, minimum.
“I’ve contacted the Municipal Lease Program,” Miller said. “because we don’t have $50 to $60 thousand dollars sitting around to buy a vehicle outright.
“I found out that it would be about $54,000 to get us into two vehicles, a Taurus, all-wheel drive and an Explorer, all-wheel drive. With a 5-year lease at 6.4% interest, or a 6-year lease at 6.5% it would mean a quarterly cost of $3,188. That would be around $1,000 a month, or $12,000 a year.”
Miller said he was also offered a full year’s deferments on payments, but could still use the new leased vehicles.
Poole suggested the village look into other options to see what was available and placing the issue in the Safety Committee for more discussion.
In other business, council had the first reading of an ODOT Ordinance for a bicycle path coming through the village at no cost to the village.
Council also briefly discussed a rat and cat issue within the village and what could be done. Council will look into programs to help with feral cats.
“In regard to the early warning siren on Red Oak Creek,” Village Administrator Pete Renshaw said, “I picked up another antenna from the electricians and it has been installed and is higher up than the previous one and the coax cable also needed replaced, so electricians will be back to check it out.”
Renshaw reminded council that he had been working with Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., a civil engineering firm regarding water problems. The company specifically deals with water lines and water towers.
“Unfortunately, the first thing they wanted to do is a geographic survey of the entire town,” Renshaw said. “Fire hydrants, water valves, pipe sizes. We’ve already had part of one of the surveys done in 2011, but no one can tell me who did it. But they were able to open it, so that knocks $5,000 right off the top.”
After a brief discussion on the issue council tabled it until after the first of the year.
In regard to Easton Alley in the village Renshaw said that letters had been sent out to all the people living there, about resetting the timing on a traffic signal at the site.
Renshaw said that about 99 percent of the new pipeline is now in the ground and taps were almost in.

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