February 23, 2014
I made a motion to create the position of economic development director that Mr. Fred Hoffman had suggested in a letter of application in a previous meeting.
Mayor Gerlach state that we did not need a grants writer because department heads were already writing the grants. I submit to you, the residents of Middleport, that we need more than just a grant writer; we need an economic development person who willtry to bring some life to our business district and contact business owners such as a bank and grocery store that might be interested in locating to Middleport.
The voters of Middleport just elected four new council members because they felt we needed a change in policy. Just look at our streets and think that Middleport did not even apply for a grant for paving this year. If you do not apply, there is no chance of receiving.
My thought is this: We need to hire Hoffman was our economic development director for a one-year term and then evaluate our progress. Hoffman comes with a lot of experience, having served as mayor of Middleport for 17 years, Meigs County commissioner, and grants writer for the village of Syracuse. Hoffman was instrumental in bringing Family Dollar, Dairy Queen, Overbrook Nursing Home, Covert Lane and Art Lewis street housing projects, and Crosspointe Apartments to Middleport.
Middleport, even with changes that need to be made, is still a great place to live and raise a family.
Roger L. Manley Sr.