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New Boston gives hefty raises to Police and Fire ... Jul 11, 2017

The Village of New Boston recently voted to give police and fire a hefty raise.

Last week, New Boston Village Council voted to give pay raises for police and fire employees, a decision that was recommended to Council by the finance committee last month. At that time, the finance committee was recommending raises for all Village employees; however, Councilman Dan Fetty suggested that the fire and police departments be given raises first with other employees to be considered at a later date.

Fetty explained that raises for all would put a major hit on the budget. The councilman stated that starting with the two departments with the most need would allow council to evaluate how the raises impact Village operations at a smaller scale. Police and fire are currently understaffed. Increases in pay are expected to make the departments more competitive in the job market. Council officially voted to give raises to the two departments Monday, July 3.

“The Village council voted to give pay raises to the police and fire departments and will be considering pay raises for the service department, dispatchers and office workers in the near future,” New Boston Mayor William Williams stated.

Councilman Mike Payton explained that raises varied based upon classification; however, police and fire did see an increase of more than $3 an hour.

“Overall as far as we know it is the biggest raise ever given to NB employees,” Payton stated.

He added that the Village is trying to give some kind of a raise to everyone.

“They all deserve more money. It just takes a while to work out the details,” he added.

New Boston police and fire personnel are now working at the following pay scale:

Chief – $18.26/hr

Captain – $17.74/hr

Lieutenant – $17.46/hr

Sergeant – $17.18/hr

3 year officer/fire fighter – $16.67/hr

2 year officer/fire fighter – $16.34/hr

1 year officer/fire fighter – $16.00/hr

Additionally, Village employee raises are expected to be voted on at the next Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 at the New Boston Community Center on Rhodes Ave.

Rural King to open in September ... Jul 6, 2017

The Village of New Boston is excited to announce that the former K-Mart building will not sit empty much longer as Rural King plans opening for September. Rural King will also be bringing approximately 80 jobs into the area.

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The former Kmart building will sit dark and vacant no more as Rural King plans opening for September.

“We are excited and thankful for the Rural King family for their investment in our community and the economic impact these jobs are going to have for New Boston and Scioto County,” New Boston Mayor William Williams stated. “I have had conversations with the owner of the building, as well as architects and the general contractor about the possibility of Rural King looking to locate in New Boston since mid-April and only recently, after talking to the management team and district manager, received official word of the opening. It certainly was good news that they may occupy the building so soon after the closing of K-Mart.”

In addition to announcing the opening, Rural King has already started the hiring process, holding open interviews all last week.

“The Village hosted a job fair by the Rural King management team at the New Boston Community Center. Hundreds of applicants have applied thus far,” Williams added. “I have seen a tremendous response from the community for the much needed jobs. We have a great workforce here in Scioto County, and I am certain that they will be able to assemble a professional working team for their business.”

Renovation drawings have been submitted and the remodeling has begun on the Rural King building.

“Our Building Department looks forward to working with the architects and contractors to facilitate a smooth transition during this renovation stage,” Williams commented.

Rural King is known as “America’s farm and home store” and is similar to combination of Tractor Supply, Lowe’s and Walmart all under one roof.

Rural King offers farming needs, rugged wear, groceries, lawn and garden, automotive, housewares, toys and even baby chicks and bunnies.

For more information about Rural King or to shop online, visit www.ruralking.com.

Rural King Coming to New Boston ... Jul 5, 2017

New Boston Mayor William Williams announced that a Rural King store is opening in the former K-Mart building.  The store looks to provide as many as 80 jobs to the area.  Mayor Williams commented, “We are excited and thankful for the Rural King family for their investment in our community and the economic impact these jobs are going to have for our area.”

The Village has hosted a job fair by the Rural King management team at the New Boston Community Center where hundreds of applicants have applied.  “There has been a tremendous response from our community for the much needed jobs and I am certain that they will be able to assemble a professional working team for their business.”

Renovation drawings have been submitted for approval to the New Boston Building Department with plans for the store opening in September.

Bee Gee’s Pizza & More Open ... Jun 8, 2017

Nathan and Gary Blackburn continue to invest in the Village of New Boston with the opening of “Bee Gee’s Pizza & More” which is housed in the BG Grocery store.  Serving pizzas and sub sandwiches including the “Tiger Sub.”

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KFC of New Boston Remodels ... Jun 6, 2017

KFC, a long-time New Boston business has remodeled its Rhodes Avenue restaurant.  Great investment in the village!

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Fetty’s dream – a reality ... May 4, 2017

New Boston Village Councilman Dan Fetty totes around a big plastic box loaded with more papers than you would probably ever want to read, but the dreams in all that paperwork came to fruition last week when the village dedicated the New Boston tennis courts. All his applications for grants, letters to officials, and material used to learn about the world of grants has paid off. The project was near and dear to Dan Fetty’s heart.

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“I played tennis years and years and years ago at the Sciotoville Tennis League. Matter of fact, we were a part of a group that established the Sciotoville Tennis League,” Fetty said. “Then, as we moved on, my son and my daughter, Rodney and Rachel, played tennis in New Boston Schools.

The New Boston tennis courts began to fall deeply into disrepair, and eventually basically wore away until they were no longer playable and closed in April 2012. That just wouldn’t do for Dan Fetty.

“Mr. (Steve) Hamilton said they were going to be closed and there was no money to fix them,” Fetty said. “It was at that time – it’s kind of an emotional time for me – but I said, ‘we have to have tennis courts especially because my kids played there, we have our schools which need the tennis courts, and I’ll make the commitment to find the money to fix these tennis courts.’”

That’s precisely what he did.

“Little did I know what I was getting into,” Fetty said.

Baby steps were in order. The first thing Fetty had to do was find out how you go about getting funding for a project. He was told he needed to form a committee but considered that too cumbersome.

“I said, we know what we want. We know what we’re going to do, let’s go forward,” Fetty said. He began to hunt down grant money. He contacted the office of Senator Sherrod Brown, who sent him information on a Department of Real Estate Nature Works Grant, but found it was not available until 2015, so he applied for several other grants in the county.

“The Scioto Foundation gave us a grant of $10,000 which was our first big boost to get us going,” Fetty said. “Then I realized I was going to need more money, so I, in turn, started sending letters out to various businesses, individuals, and alumni in the county and across the country and overseas.”

Fetty said some responded with no money, and others responded with donations like $100, $25 and he counted every dollar toward the project. Meanwhile, the project took the form of a plan. They then talked to various asphalt companies, and, as a result, had a company put a coating of Petrotac over the existing surface to cover the cracks. They then added two inches of asphalt.

They had their estimate, $102,000, and contacted Tennis Technologies in Louisville, Kentucky. Fetty and others commenced to tear the tennis courts out, and village employees took the net posts and the old fencing out. The asphalt crumbled as they worked. At that point, they had to re-do their game plan.

“What we ended up with was totally new tennis courts,” Fetty said ‘We had new fencing put up.” They went from the old chain link fencing to black vinyl-coated fencing.”

In May 2015, Fetty and Hamilton got together on the Ohio Department of Real Estate Nature Works grant and got the notification that they would be receiving the Scioto County portion — $67,165.

“It was 35 pages long,” Fetty said. “I had never done anything like that.” The paperwork paid off.”

He said most of what was done was done with local money, local businesses, and local people making donations.

On Tuesday, the SOC I Tennis Tournament was being held in New Boston — on the very courts that Fetty worked so hard to bring back to life.

Fetty becomes emotional when he thinks of how all the hard work has resulted in beautiful new tennis courts in the Village of new Boston.

“I want to especially thank the Village of New Boston, New Boston Local Schools, the Scioto Foundation, the businesses, individuals and alumni who made a donation toward replacement of the courts,” Fetty said. “To me, it displayed a group of people who love and support their community, and thanks to all the contractors who helped make this project a reality.”

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.


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