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Village adds unpaid videographer position

From right, Village Clerk Terri Brusker, Mayor Jamie Ward, and board Trustee Tom Ruliffson. (The Leader-Herald/Opal Jessica Bogdan)

MAYFIELD — A media relations position was added to the village’s job roster Tuesday evening at the Village Board of Trustee’s monthly board meeting.

The unpaid position will cover any village event or project through ground and drone photography. The board welcomed Mayfield resident, Roman Yudin, for the position.

“It’s just a quiet village…since I moved back here in 2011, it’s just been quiet,” Yudin said. “We knew of Fuel N’ Food because of ice fishing, but as we started getting to know the village, I just wanted to make other people aware of what [the village] has to offer.”

Village Mayor Jamie Ward said Yudin is a drone photographer who has aerial photographed multiple events such as the new park and roundabout construction, as well as summer recreation programs for his own pleasure. Now Yudin is looking to create a Welcome to Mayfield video and a new business video.

“I can’t thank you enough for serving our community in that manner. Your work has been awesome,” Ward said.

Yudin said he’s currently working toward securing a commercial drone operator license. The remote pilot certification would allow him to fly his drone under the Federal Aviation Administration Small Unmanned Aircraft System over businesses and new construction. Since the footage would not be used for personal use, Yudin needs the commercial license.

“With this, we can do things such as a roof inspection,” Yudin said. “Instead of climbing on [the roof] and falling through it, call me and I’ll put a drone up in the air and get a visual video and get it done.”

Also at the meeting, the board passed a three-year village tax relief for Clean Air Environmental Services, Inc. of Johnstown. The service is in the process of purchasing the building at the intersection of First Avenue and School Street in the village.

“They’re going to be investing a lot of their own money in this building and they’re going to take care of our worry of cleanup,” Ward said.

The Village Board of Trustees meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

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