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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.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Village of New Boston ... May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017

On April 19, the Village of New Boston made the public aware of a sewer on Stanton Avenue that was allowing raw sewage to discharge to the Ohio River.  The Village worked with regulatory agencies, a funding agency, our engineer, and a local contractor to design, fund, and construct a new sewer.  

As of 5:45 PM on May 2, raw sewage that was discharged without treatment is now directed to the West Avenue pumping station.  The Village is no longer discharging raw sewage to the Ohio River during dry weather.  

Sewage from approximately 29 buildings, including commercial, retail, and industrial properties and apartment buildings, is now being fully treated in Portsmouth.

The Village appreciates the cooperation from all parties involved and from area citizens.  Thank you for your patience as we resolved this issue.  Any questions should be directed to Steve Hamilton, Village Administrator (740) 456-4106.

Autism Project walks towards goal ... Apr 30, 2017

Thunderstorms could not stop Saturday’s 15th Annual Autism Walk held at Milbrook Park in New Boston. Autism Project of Southern Ohio President Mike Bell explained that when he first arrived Saturday morning, storms had blown through the night and pretty much destroyed everything. However, a determined group of volunteers made sure guests would have never known there was an issue, saving the day and saving what turned into a busy event.

“Today has been fantastic. It started out a little slow because of the weather,” Bell stated. “It turned out to be a beautiful day. Many people came out and supported the Autism Project.”

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Proclamation by New Boston Mayor William Williams, Jr. proclaiming April 29 as Autism Day in New Boston presented to Mike Bell, President of Autism Project of Southern Ohio, Kim Copas, Vice-President, and New Boston Councilman Mike Payton who is the President of the Governing Board for the Autism Project of Southern Ohio. The presentation was made at the annual Autism Walk held April 29 at Millbrook Park in New Boston.

Bell explained that throughout the day, somewhere between 500-700 joined in for the festivities.

Activities included a poker walk, live music, inflatables, auctions, games, Autism information and a variety of vendors.

“It has grown,” Bell confirmed, saying that each year people seem to really enjoy the auction, but this year more people got involved.

All money raised from the event goes back into the community by providing services to autistic individuals and their families. Though the total is still be tallied, the Autism Project had $1,000 donations from Aarons, of New Boston and the Ernie West AMVETS Post 95/Post 95 Ladies Auxiliary, of Greenup, Kentucky.

Such funding will help the Autism Project be able to offer additional services to the Autistic community by allowing them to expand upon their current operations.

“Our goal before the end of the year is to open an autism service center here in Scioto County,” Bell commented. “We want to get a building, we want to be able to join in with the Adult Autism Cooperative Organization and we want to supply services such as job training, life skills — maybe they need to learn how to do their laundry. We want to have a garden, where they grow their own stuff and take it to the Farmers Market and the learn the trade of making money. The main objective at the end is being able to help them become more self-sufficient.”

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A crowd gathers, despite a little mud, for the annual Autism auction, held Saturday in connection with the 15th Annual Walk for Autism.

Bell explained that people with Autism have difficulties with social skills. As a result, the Autism Project focuses on taking these individuals out to the movies or to community events where they can become engaged in community activities, develop a unity with their community and work on those social skills. Additionally, the Autism Project brings in guest speakers that help education parents, families and even schools. They assist individuals with autism by doing things such as going in front of the Social Security Administration with them, putting funding into developmentally handicap classrooms in local schools and providing college scholarships. Last year, the Autism Project gave out seven college scholarships for $700 each.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.

Johnny Whisman Retirement Party ... Apr 29, 2017

The village honored Johnny Whisman with a retirement party at the community center.  Whisman had over 20 years service with the Village of New Boston.

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Goins sworn in as chief of NBPD ... Apr 26, 2017

Long-time law enforcement officer Steve Goins is now officially the Chief of Police for the Village of New Boston, replacing Darrold Clark who recently retired. Wednesday at the stroke of noon, Goins was sworn in by New Boston Mayor William “Junior” Williams at the New Boston Community Building.

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Steve Goins (left) is sworn in as New Boston Chief of Police by New Boston Mayor Junior Williams

“Over 20 years with the school board and Council, he has always been accessible and helpful – I know he has helped Darrold in the past – he has just been a true leader,” Williams said. “He has gotten us going with our body cameras in place. We just got certified by the State of Ohio. He was instrumental in all those things. He is technologically advanced.”

Clark was on hand for support and told the Daily Times retirement is working well for him.

“I feel good not getting up in the morning, but I miss everybody especially when I need something done. There’s nobody around but me,” Clark said.

Clark was complimentary of his former captain.

“He’s a fine man,” Clark said.”That sort of explains it. He’s one of the greatest. I’m proud of him.”

Goins, who has been in law enforcement for 34 years, over 30 with the New Boston Police Department, was reflective of the occasion.

“It’s a good day,” Goins said. “When you’re hired in law enforcement you always look as a career to eventually reaching the top spot which is the Chief of Police. It has been a long time coming. I’m very appreciative of the Council, the mayor, they have always been good to me. They have always been good to the police department. I’ve always had the support of the officers in the police department, people I work with in the community.”

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Goins said it is likely someone on the force will be promoted to fill his position as captain.

“The mayor and I will talk about that,” Goins said. “So there will probably be some promotions from within.”

With the current drug problem in Scioto County, Goins said he will hit the ground running.

“It’s a countywide problem, not just here in New Boston,” Goins said. “We have always worked together with other departments. We still will, but it is something that we have to tackle as a law enforcement community.”

Those in attendance, including former chiefs Clark and Gary Stone, enjoyed cake and ice cream and took the time to shake Goins’ hand.

“I think the people of New Boston are very lucky to have him as a police chief,” Williams said.

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

 

Goins steps into big shoes ... Apr 25, 2017

Steve Goins is the new top gun in town, taking over as the New Boston Police Chief following the retirement of Chief Darrold Clark.

Goins has been with the New Boston Police Department for 30 years. He started in 1984 but left in the 90s to join the U.S. Marshals. After 15 months of travel, he decided he wanted to return to the Village where he has been since.

Goins says growing up in Louisville, Ky., he always wanted to be in law enforcement. In that mission, he attended Eastern Kentucky University, the best law enforcement school at the time. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in police administration.

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“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a police officer,” Goins stated. “I’ve always looked up to police officers.”

His uncle was in law enforcement and was a major influence in his life.

In addition to his admiration for law enforcement, Goins says that his commitment to his community has always been a key factor.

“I love public service,” he stated.

Goins moved to New Boston in 1984 when he was hired by the department. At that time, officers were required to live in the Village. That later changed, but by then Goins and his wife had already bought a house and were in love with New Boston. Goins explained that his son went to New Boston schools, he coached t-ball in the Village and he appreciate the service and government.

“We’re a small community,” he stated. We have our own police and fire departments. Safety wise, I think we’re very protected.”

He added that the Council and Mayor are always supportive and work to make good decisions for the people.

Goins is also proud of how well such a small department has kept up with technology and training, explaining that things continually change. It is important to keep up with such changes in order to be a progressive law enforcement operation.

14 years ago, Goins moved into the position of captain, so he has already taken on leadership roles within the department.

“For me, not much is going to change,” he stated.

Goins says he will be a working chief and though he will have additional administrative duties, he plans to remain out in the community.

As chief, Goins has a dedication to training, explaining that the Ohio Police Officer Academy is continually changing continuing training requirements by requiring more hours each year.

“We have to stay up on that,” Goins declared. “It’s important for officers to get the training they need, what is required and additional.”

Goins stated that officers that are well trained are confident. They do not go into situations and hesitate and feel unsure of their abilities, which creates better service for the population.

He is excited to work with his fellow officers to accomplish new goals and train harder.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.


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