West Unity Village Administrator Ric Beals, the West Unity Village Council, Mayor Peggy Bernath, and Police Chief J.R. Jones have all put an emphasis on continuously improving and maintain the village they serve. Lines have been painted on roads such as High Street to increase safety on the village’s old narrow roads, a new lawn mower has been bought to help keep the village’s properties neatly cut, and West Unity residents experienced their first curbside recycling pick up on Friday, April 5.
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Other improvements are happening as well. The property at 120 S. Defiance Street, once an eye-sore in the community, has recently come down and been leveled and reseeded. All of this came at no real expense to the village as the funds used to tear down the building, level the land, and reseed were all procured through County grant money.
A new police cruiser has also just been bought and will be seen on West Unity’s streets as soon as it is lettered. The new 2013 Dodge Charger will free up the departments Impala for use by Michael Polley at the Millcreek West Unity School Building.
Also under construction is a new interview room behind the police station that will free up the council room for council purposes and keep police business to the back of the building. The construction on the room is all being completed by village employees, which has helped keep the cost of the room down to around $2500.
Beals explains that his drive is to “always move forward” and that there is a great group of people working for the village that are all wanting the same thing. Beals also notes that it is through the cooperation of all of the village officials as well as the commitment of village employees such as Street Supervisor Jim Eisel and his crew that the improvements keep happening and tend to happen so quickly after first being mentioned or discussed.
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