Too often we take modern conveniences for granted. In our busy lives, we don’t always take time to appreciate the marvel of turning on a faucet and water pouring out, flipping a switch and a light turning on, or putting the trash out and someone coming to take it away. Most often, these conveniences go unrecognized until something goes wrong: a snow storm wreaks havoc on your morning commute, or a water pipe bursts and your morning shower is interrupted. Behind each of these amenities, which helps the City of Wellston to run smoothly, are dozens of essential workers.
Being a municipal worker is a tough, dirty, and, sometimes, thankless job. For these reasons, the City of Wellston would like to recognize Paul “Buzz” Ervin as the very first Employee of the Quarter. Buzz first took employment with the city on January 30, 1995 and is currently listed as a Street Employee, although he wears many different hats for the residents of our little city. Buzz can be found most days doing road work, but most will probably recognize him from the delivery of the blue trash cans. He answers street calls, as well as garbage calls, performs tree trimming, helps with water issues, helped to install the new flagpoles, and is basically an “all-around great employee to the city and never complains,” per Service Director Anthony Brenner.
Service Director Anthony Brenner has decided that the new flag poles at the City Building will be dedicated to a man who was an honored veteran, hard worker, loving family man, and a great friend to many. Chris Barber was a proud veteran of the United States Army and drafted in 1969 during the Vietnam War before being honorably discharged in 1971.
A former Service Director for the city of Wellston and 4th Ward City Councilman, Chris’ commitment to the community knew no bounds. He was very active and involved in several organizations including: Past Commander and Officer of American Legion Post 371; D.A.V.; Honor Guard; Sons of the American Legion; 40 & 8; V.F.W. Post 9092; AmVets; Black Diamond Lodge #538 F&AM; Shiloh Shrine Club; Buckeye Boys State; Good Guys Car Club; Buckeye Hero Hunt; Elks Lodge; and numerous other activities in which he received several accolades, including “President of the Neighborhood Watch.”
For these reasons, the City of Wellston will be hosting a dedication ceremony tomorrow morning, Saturday, July 3 at 8 a.m. to raise the flags and dedicate the new poles in honor of Chris Barber.
You can view and/or pay your bill online. Visit cityofwellston.org, click on “Utility Payments” at the top right side of the screen. Click “Pay Now,” then add your account number or follow the prompts for help. The City Clerk can be reached at 740-384-2040.
Did you know the city of Wellston offers Hyper-Reach notifications? Hyper-Reach messages are breaking alerts tailored to your street address, including road closures, boil alerts, etc. All landline phones are registered.
All residents should sign up for email, cell-phone, and/or email alerts through Hyper-Reach. Sign up using the link below to begin receiving Hyper-Reach Alerts!
Here’s a map to show boundaries for voting wards. Each ward has an elected council person, plus there are three “at large” council positions. All voting in the city of Wellston occurs at the Jackson-Vinton Community Action Building (the old Central School) at 118 South New York Avenue. Polls are set up in the gymnasium.