Rural King Coming to New Boston

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.

Autism Project walks towards goal

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.

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Goins sworn in as chief of NBPD

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.

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Clark retires from NB police

New Boston Police Chief Darrold Clark believes when you retire – you retire.

“I take everything for granted,” Clark said. “When it says ‘retired’ it means retired. Don’t have to work and don’t have to take orders from anybody.”

His plans, when he left his office for the last time Tuesday, were not many.

“My wife’s got a lot of plans for me,” Clark said. “I’ll probably build some bird houses and fiddle around and raise a garden again. I don’t plan on doing a whole lot.”

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New Boston Mayor Junior Williams (left) presents a proclamation from New Boston Village Counsel to retiring Police Chief Darrold Clark.

 

Clark has been with the New Boston Police Department for 47 years, the last 18 years as chief. He was hired by Vernal G. Riffe, Sr. and served under six mayors over the years.

The New Boston Village Council issued a proclamation for Clark’s retirement which read, in part, “Whereas these years of service have genuinely been dedicated to and valued by our entire village, and whereas Darrold will be missed both personally and professionally, and has always displayed the highest level of character, ethics and morals…”

What’s it going to feel like not coming in in the morning?

“I think I can get used to it,” Clark said. “I’ll miss it. It has been in my blood for years, but I’ll find some way to survive.”

Clark would leave and the end of the day Tuesday with no more work waiting for him on his desk.

“I’m going to the council meeting tonight and that’s the end of it,” Clark said. Not quite – Clark had one more duty to perform. His plans were to put the name of Captain Steve Goins into consideration to be his replacement.

“I can’t think of a better man for the job,” Clark said. “He has been great. He’s intelligent and he’s always there when somebody needs him. He’s always there. When he gets wind of any kind of a problem, he keeps going until he gets it solved. That’s what I like about him.”

Goins has been with the NBPD for 33 years, working with Clark the entire time.

“He has always been someone you could count on and he has helped me out tremendously through my years here,” Goins said. “We’ve been friends. His friendship to me means a lot. He’s been a good chief and a caring chief, and I hate to see him go. Not too many people last 47 in law enforcement.”

The actual process seemed to be more of a formality than an actual process.

“Tonight (Tuesday) we’ll accept the resignation which is procedural,” Village Councilman Mike Payton said. “After that, the mayor will make a recommendation that we hire Goins, and then council will vote on that tonight and it is decided by the majority, and he’s (Goins) the police chief.”

Clark has been married to Sharon Lee Clark for over 50 years and they have three adult children and around 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Daily Times attempted to reach Mayor Junior Williams for comment on Tuesday, but was unable to make contact with him.

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Mayor says things looking up in New Boston

In this day and age when a government entity can use the statement – “Finances were much better than anticipated,” that is positive news and that’s the way Mayor William “Junior” Williams, Jr. is describing the financial status of the village of New Boston.

In his report to Village Council, Williams said income tax revenue was the highest amount received since before 2010. The income tax receipts out-gained the prior year by $243,567, an increase of 15 percent. Property tax, gasoline tax and license tax all held steady with a slight increase of $4,507.

Williams said court costs and fines increased 37 percent to $31,728. The lone reduction in revenues was in the Local Government Distribution Fund which saw another decrease of $9,486. Williams explained the decrease.

“Since 2013, the governor’s decision to cut funding to local governments has cost the village nearly $400,000,” Williams said.

Safety tax fund receipts, which are used to pay police and fire wages, increased by $36,881 or 11 percent. General fund receipts were $161,480 over expenditures leaving a long-time high ending balance of $247,179 which is $101,881 higher than the previous year.

“For the first time, I appointed a business and economic development committee for the purpose of attracting new business to New Boston,” Williams said. “This past year we successfully have seen the addition of Pat Catan’s Fabric and Craft Specialty Store, Columbia Gas’s new modern maintenance building, Dr. Depugh and Son’s state of the art New Boston Vision Center, Cozy Cat clothing store and Stepping Stones Counseling Center. We are already looking forward to the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s new health care clinic for their employees to be located in the former Daymar College building and the improved Hollywood Hair Salon locating to the former American Restaurant location.”

Williams touted the fact that New Boston became the first local government in Scioto County to partner with Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Ohio Checkbook Online program by posting village expenditures on the New Boston Online Checkbook. Organized by Clerk/Treasurer Lana Loper, Williams said taxpayers and others can now go online and readily see how their tax dollars are being expended.

“This transparency has helped Ohio to be ranked number one in the nation for public confidence and transparency on money issues,” Williams said.

Williams talked about another first. The New Boston Building Department, administered by Jessica Grant and Lori Jordan was created and officially recognized by the State of Ohio Building Standards to help facilitate and expedite the process of opening, renovating or expanding a business in the village.

The Daily Times first reported in 2016 that New Boston had come up with a program in which all plan reviews, approvals and inspections until the completion of the project and a certificate of occupancy can be issued will all be done within the confines of the village, which Williams says saves time and money by eliminating the many trips back and forth to Columbus to get certified.

“The department just opened in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is already gaining popularity throughout our business community,” Williams said. “I certainly am excited about this new department and anticipate much future success.”

Williams went on to talk positively about the village’s flood defense system making strides in providing flood protection to New Boston neighborhoods and touched on the fact that the village’s flood wall has finally been officially certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Among other points of information, Williams said the village’s police and fire departments both received additional training and village council approved a full staff of fire department personnel.

Williams also referenced his predecessor when he mentioned the Village Square Park was dedicated and renamed the “James Warren Village Square Memorial Park” in honor and remembrance of former mayor Jim Warren.

“In closing, 2016 was a very successful year in nearly every way. I wish to thank each and everyone of you for your support and help,” Williams said. “I look forward to working with our elected officials, employees and overall community to continue to search and find ways to improve our neighborhoods for a better place to live, work and play.”

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