Council members Peggy Cunningham, Greg Thacker, Jerry Leister, Maria Heskett, and Jeff Tucker were present at the Monday March 5, meeting of the Cumberland Village Council.

Also present were Cumberland Mayor Shirley Rhinehart, Fiscal Officer Stephen Bradley, Village Administrator Gary Stevens and three village residents.

Fiscal Officer Bradley asked council if they wished to renew their access to the grant finder program from the Ohio Municipal League. The cost is $50 per year. Council said they wish to remain in the program.

Bradley reported to council that the 2017 annual financial report is complete and available for review. He also reported that the AFR has been filed with the state. The 2017 records have been submitted to the Ohio checkbook.

Mayor Rhinehart reported that she hadn’t received any complaints since the February Council meeting. It was also noted that there would very likely be an opening on Council because of a member’s conflict between meetings and work schedule. There has already been interest expressed in the soon-to-be-open seat by a village resident.

Village Administrator Stevens asked council for permission to install new LED light in the Village Hall. A motion was passed to purchase five new led lights for inside the Village Hall along with two outside lights; one for the Village Hall and one for the bulk water station.

Stevens asked council if they wanted to purchase salt to use next winter instead of cinders. The salt would cost around $50 per ton and would be kept at the state garage. He also noted that a salt spreader would cost around $1199. Council moved to table discussion on the salt and spreader until the next meeting.

Stevens reported to council that the cost of purchasing a 60-inch street sweeper would be around $5,350. He has also spoken with the Guernsey County Auditor’s Office to find out how much revenue a year 1 mill levy and a 5 mill levy for street improvements would generate.

Stevens also reported that complaints had been received about the old gas station at the corner of SR’s 83 and 146. Council asked the Code Enforcement Officer to investigate.

On behalf of the Ordinance Committee, Jeff Tucker asked Council to revisit the Garbage Container Ordinance that had been tabled at the December Council meeting. Council discussed the ordinance. Ordinance 04-2018 was passed will all present in favor.

Jerry Leister reported that people have been removing their junk cars from the village. He also reported that a house on Carl Street, which has been the source of many complaints in recent years, is going up for sheriff’s sale because of delinquent property taxes.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cumberland Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Cumberland Village Building on Mill Street.


Euchre has started again at the Chandlersville Community Building. It will take place every Thursday Night from 7 to 9 p.m. weather permitting. (The Community Building is the old Chandlersville School located on SR 146 in Chandlersville.)


The Easter schedule for Sunday, April 1, at the Cumberland United Methodist Church was recently received. Sunrise service will be at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast following around 8 a.m. The traditional Easter church service will begin at 10 a.m. The church is located at the intersection of Main and Cambridge Streets (SR’s 146 and 340) in Cumberland.

March 23 - This is the deadline to order peanut butter Easter eggs (three sizes: large - $8, medium - $5 or small - $1) and chocolate bunny and carrot suckers ($1 each) from the Cumberland United Methodist Women. Please contact Cindy Watson (740-638- 5681) or Tammy Geese (740-685- 2320) to order candy. Orders may be picked up on March 30 or 31 in the basement of the church.

March 24 - The Easter Egg Hunt at the Chandlersville Community Building will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The hunt is for children ages 10 and under.

March 26 - The next meeting of Valley Grange 1586 will be at noon. A member will be providing ham and baked beans. Those attending should bring sides, salads or desserts. The Grange will provide the tableware and some beverages. The meeting will take place at Center United Methodist Church located on Cadiz Road (US 22) east of Cambridge.

April 1 - Here is the Easter schedule at the Rix Mills Presbyterian Church. Sunrise breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Sunrise service will

be at 8:30 a.m. Regular morning worship will take place at 9:30 a.m.

April 1 - There will be an 11:15 a.m. Easter Sunday worship service at the Buffalo (Cumberland) Presbyterian Church.

April 3 and 4 - The Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District’s Recycling Trailer is scheduled to be at the Spencer Township Building. Please do not place trash in the trailer or leave items on the ground next to the trailer. The recycling trailer’s schedule is subject to change. For information about what can and cannot be recycled go to and click on the button marked recycling information.

Wednesdays - There is a quilting group get together beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Cumberland located at the intersection of Main and Church Streets.