RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — Members of New Boston Council discussed new revenue opportunities during their regular meeting Tuesday evening. Village Administrator Steve Hamilton brought to council the idea of creating an impound lot for towed vehicles.
“I looked over there against the wall (between Tractor Supply Company and the New Boston police and fire department) and we’ve got about 10 or 12 spaces where we could have our own impound lot,” Hamilton said.
“This is a way that we can generate revenue and help out the police department. Like they charge $90 to tow a vehicle, so it gives them $50 or $60 and we keep $30 and charge $20 a day for the car being there. After three months they do an auction and auction off all the vehicles. Right now the tow truck companies are making all the money.”
The idea came from the city of Ironton, which he said earned $31,230 from their impound lot in 2009; then $37,000 in 2010 and 2011 each, and $15,000 so far this year. The city uses that money to lease two police cruisers.
“We’ve got a 2.5 percent income tax. This is 2012. I’ve got the clerk saying we’re running out of money. I’m trying to find ways to find us more money,” Hamilton said.
Village Councilman Junior Williams of the Village Finance Committee said he didn’t believe the village was in any danger of running out of money this year, but he welcomed Hamilton’s suggestion and asked him to get more information.
In other actions, council voted to confirm Logan Copley as a New Boston fireman to a probationary term.
“It’s been a dream job of mine since I was a kid to work for the New Boston Fire Department,” Copley said.
Copley is a 2008 graduate of Glenwood High School in New Boston, and he completed his fireman training with Dunkin. He previously worked with the Rosemount Volunteer Fire Department in Portsmouth. He was hired in New Boston to a position left open by the sudden death of fireman Rocky Dunkin.
Dunkin, age 24, was working with the Nile Township Volunteer Fire Department at the scene of an accident on July 1 when he collapsed. He was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center, and was pronounced dead. The coronor’s early report suggests Dunkin may have had an existing heart issue.
“I just want to do the best I can for him (Dunkin), because he was my brother,” Copley said.
New Boston Village Council meets regularly at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, at the Vern Riffe Community Center on Rhodes Avenue. The next regular meeting will be Aug. 7.