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WINTERSVILLE — The police department was a recurring theme at Thursday’s Wintersville council meeting, which included the appointment of a new police chief and the filing of proposed pay rises for its officers.

The council unanimously supported the election of Mayor Mike Petrella to the position of chief: Capt. Lou Vandeborne, whose entire law enforcement career has been based in the village.

A native of nearby Belvedere, Vandeborne graduated from Wintersville High School in 1990. In 1993 he became an assistant patrolman for the village.

Petrella noted that he became a full-time patrolman in 1998, a detective and sergeant in 2000, and a captain in 2008.

“He is most familiar with how the department is run. I think he will do an excellent job. He is very committed to the village.” said the mayor after the meeting.

Vandeborne’s appointment received applause from many at the meeting.

The new boss thanked council members for their support, adding “It is my pleasure and privilege to work with the dedicated men and women of the Wintersville Police Department.”

Vandeborne’s appointment follows the recent resignation of Art Fowler, who had served the village for 21 years.

In related matters, the council introduced an ordinance increasing the starting hourly wage for the village’s full-time officials from $16 to $17 after a six-month probationary period. and for part-time non-benefit civil servants, from $16 to $19.

Councilwoman Gael Damron said salary increases for current officers had also been proposed.

Petrella had intended the pay rises to take effect immediately, but there was no language she specified as an emergency measure that does not require three readings.

After the meeting, he said he plans to reintroduce the regulation as an emergency measure at the April 21 council meeting so that the increases can be implemented before May.

He said there are two vacancies in the department that he hopes to fill in the near future and the higher pay will help attract good candidates.

Councilor Jason Mattern said the officers deserve raises but he is concerned about their financial impact.

“We just have to be aware that we’re taking a bite out of the general fund,” he said.

Village Administrator Walter Ziemba told state legislators that they are considering a significant increase in the police and fire department pension fund, which will also affect the village.

The increases have been referred to the Council’s Finance Committee, which is expected to meet in the next two weeks.

Petrella asked the council members “look closely” in the increases.

“We must make public safety our top priority. It (the raise) should have been done a long time ago.” he said.

Mattern had questioned whether salary increases for employees at the police department would be considered.

Ziemba told him that the salary for the employees did not come from the general fund and later explained that it came from a levy for the police department.

In other stores:

≤ The Council approved first reading of a regulation banning pets from being kept outside when temperatures are below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees, even if a shelter is available.

≤ Council has agreed to hire Kalkreuth Roofing of Wheeling to repair the roof of the Municipal House. Petrella said AJ Cochran, owner of Cochrun Contracting Co., offered to pay $5,175 for the repairs in honor of his grandfather, former Mayor Robert Cochrun.

≤ Mattern inquired about the status of a proposed ordinance on air beds and village breakfasts.

Village Attorney Jake Lynn said he recommended filing such an ordinance while state legislatures consider a bill that would prohibit communities from banning short-term rental properties or enacting regulations they do not need from others .

Proponents of the bill have argued that such bans or regulations violate residents’ rights to use their property.

Mattern said the village should reach out to state legislators supporting the law, including State Assemblyman Ron Ferguson, R-Wintersville, to explain concerns regarding them.

He said neighbors had complained about bed and breakfasts, which caused parking problems and disruption.

“It is our responsibility to protect our residents and many residents do not want that in their area,” said matter.

≤ Council members heard from Trebel Energy’s Larry Taylor, an energy consultancy, who discussed proposed comprehensive agreements aimed at lower electricity and natural gas rates for residents.

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