McArthur Police Officer Bryce Chesser presented the police department’s monthly report at the Sept. 15 meeting of McArthur Village Council.  (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)
McArthur Police Officer Bryce Chesser presented the police department’s monthly report at the Sept. 15 meeting of McArthur Village Council. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

Most of the older playground equipment at Wyman Park in McArthur has been moved out. The lot has been cleared and the new equipment will be arriving soon.

Vinton County Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Coordinator Jerri Ann Bentley shared the news with McArthur Village Council when she spoke at its meeting on Wednesday evening, Sept. 15. Most of the older was relocated to Zaleski Park. The slide was considered unusable and was demolished.

The new equipment, Bentley added, will be coming in soon and she is asking the public to be patient until it arrives. There are signs posted at the park and in public spaces as well. The project is a joint one between the CHC, the McArthur Park Board, and the Village Council.

In his report, Fire Chief Curtis Russ requested Council’s approval to allow him to spend up to $7,500 on emergency truck repairs without Council’s advance approval. Mayor Steve Hammond explained with the trucks being so big and expensive, the repairs often need to be made before Council meets. One truck will be sent to the Atlantic Company to have a tank welded and some other repairs made. Chief Russ also reported there were 15 runs in August. His other request was to approve Marcus Games as a new firefighter.

In other news from the meeting:

* Council learned from Mayor Hammond that the work on the U.S. 50 Culvert Replacement Project continues. He adds progress is being made and asks motorists to be patient until the project is done.

* Council heard from Police Officer Bryce Chesser concerning the department’s monthly report. There were 95 calls during August. He says the department has responded to a variety of calls and remains very busy.

* Mayor Hammond also reported there were many applications for a part-time village worker position which the village has been advertising. Interviews will be set up soon. There is a possibility the position could become full-time in the future.

* Council member Dave Gill reported the village is on Hyperlink and that the system will be fully implemented by Nov. 1. There have already been calls to 2,800 landlines numbers entered and cell phone numbers are being acquired.

* Council is also planning to accept sealed bids for items the village plans to sell. These include a golf cart, riding lawnmowers, air compressor, and other items. Interested bidders can inquire at the Village Hall.

The next meeting of the Village Council will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.