MIDDLEPORT — Middleport Council discussed the handling of variances, as well upcoming dates for various events in the village during Monday’s regular meeting.
Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson announced the newly created Zoning Appeals Committee will meet the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m., prior to the council meetings. The body will deal with “variances” — essentially small exceptions — while Hendrickson also asked council to create a Zoning Commission.
Middleport does not currently have a such a commission to handle zoning rules for the village, which has heightened importance because of Middleport’s status as a home-rule government.
Mayor Sandy Iannarelli said a number a village residents have expressed interest in sitting for that board, which must legally consist of the mayor, a member of council, and three village residents, none of whom may overlap with the appeals committee.
In addition to the zoning appeals committee meetings, meetings related to potential grant funding were also announced.
Two public meetings, Mar. 27 and Apr. 10, at 6:30 p.m., were set to inform the public of a grant application for the Main Street sewer project. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) come from a federal program funding community development, with guidelines encouraging local input. Administrator Joe Woodall said he would be present to answer any questions, and council also passed Resolution 227-17 which authorizes the mayor to apply for the grant.
Council approved a possible themed benefit run for May 13; the participants will wear super hero costumes on the 5k as the event raises money for cancer.
Mar. 27-30 was also set as “Cleanup Week” in the village. The Mayor said advertising would be forthcoming, and the event has been very successful in past years.
Bills were paid in the amount of $1,941.78.
A total of $4,894 was approved to replace the public works mower discussed at the previous council meeting. It was noted the village had “definitely got their money” out of the “ancient” machine.
The village sold via bid an older model jetter for $987.37, which according to Administrator Woodall while still functional, was mostly unused and a “money pit in terms of maintenance.” The village also sold via bid a dump truck for $851, nearly 1/3 higher than the next highest bid.
Council voted to require a $50 deposit for events in the gym at the municipal building, after repeated issues. A contract for guests existed but was mostly nonbinding. Adding a similar measure to the pavilion was discussed but declined.
New Middleport businesses will receive a welcome bouquet of flowers as the village’s thanks for locating in town.
“Yellow Umbrella (is) doing better than anticipated, Tuckerman’s’ open house went well, Imperial is booming down there too now,” said Iannarelli. “And I hope more to follow.”
The council also passed a resolution via emergency motion, “urging state to reconsider budget cuts.” Mayor Iannarelli said the resolution would also support the Meigs County Commissioners efforts as discussed at a public meeting hosted by the commissioners on Feb. 20.
Numerous municipalities and counties across Ohio have passed similar resolutions in response the way the governor’s proposed budget addressed the sales tax revenue loss to local governments and counties based on the managed care sales tax cut.
Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.