Jackson Mayor Randy Evans praised the efforts of city workers who were put to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day morning attacking a 6-to-8-inch snowfall which resulted in a Level 3 Snow Emergency in Jackson County.

Reporting at the Monday, Dec. 28 meeting of Jackson City Council, Evans told Council that city employees came out to work in a major snowstorm during a time when most people are at home with their families. Evans noted that it was a team effort with other city departments jumping in to assist the Department Head of Service Roy Hatten and his Street and Alley Department workers who were working on snow removal.

“I want to give a shout out to Roy and his crew as well as the Water and Electric Departments for stepping up and getting the job done,” Evans stated.

Evans also reported that three city employees were on COVID-19 leave, including Utility Department employee Rob Norman who has been hospitalized for several weeks and is now a patient at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Evans also reported that the former Fraternal Order of Eagles building at 207 E. Main St. in downtown Jackson had been torn down with only cleanup work remaining. Evans also reported that the partially demolished building at 265 Broadway St. in downtown Jackson now had a new owner (Richard Fite) and that he had acted to have the remaining front wall of the building taken down.

Evans also praised Barbie McCathren for demolishing an old house on Huron Street and Nea Henry for taking down an old house on West Street.

Cleaning up Jackson and attacking the problem of dilapidated and unsightly buildings is a priority of the Evans Administration and he wished to thank the private-property owners for contributing to this effort.