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Coshocton City Council ready for New Year

| January 10, 2017

COSHOCTON – Coshocton City Council opened its first meeting of the New Year on Jan. 9 by welcoming Chad Johnson.

“Let me be the first to welcome our newest member,” said Council President Cliff Biggers, who presented Johnson with his nameplate. “We are going to put you right to work too by having you lead the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Johnson was selected by the Democratic Party to replace Councilman Jim Baker who passed away unexpectedly in December.

He also was welcomed by Mayor Steve Mercer and Service Director Jerry Stenner.

Mayor Mercer announced that the city had a robust yearend report thanks to about $50,000 in building permits that were purchased by Kraft Foods. He also announced that Columbia Gas is planning a $1.2 million project to do upgrades in the areas of Second, Third and Fourth streets.

“They (Columbia Gas) will have a public hearing in a couple of weeks so people can come learn more about the project and what areas it covers. They also will be sending out cards in the mail and going door to door. We are always glad when someone wants to do updates or upgrades in the city.”

Councilman Tom Grier asked if Columbia Gas shared any information on possible rate increases after all this work is completed.

“We did get a letter where they mentioned a very modest increase will likely happen,” Mayor Mercer said.

During the meeting Sheriff Tim Rogers shared that Jan. 9 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

“I just wanted to share that I appreciate all of my officers and all the law enforcement in our community,” he said. “We are blessed to live in a community where people respect us.”

Rogers also announced updates to GPS technology and that they are getting closer to having body cameras for officers.

Councilman Brad Fuller wrapped up the meeting by sharing that he is now on the Our Town Coshocton board and is looking forward to sharing updates about that group and its projects with city council.


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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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