MIDDLEPORT — Shawn Rice and George Hoffman were both sworn in as new Middleport Village Council members Thursday, replacing the positions of Penny Burge and Roger Manley, respectively.
The pair was sworn in by new mayor (although she’s previously held the position in Middleport) Sandy Iannarelli.
A proposal first brought up at the Dec. 14 council meeting by Tim King, of Middleport Development Group, and Laura Cleland, of Creating Healthy Communities, passed unanimously at Monday night’s meeting. Middleport will be the new home of a splash park that will go on a piece of land adjacent to the old Middleport schools. Cleland and King said they needed permission to put the park on the land, but that the village would still own the property and the park would be entirely funded, so the village would not have to pay for the expense.
According to Fiscal Officer Susan Baker, water turned on for about six hours a day for three months would cost the village about $1,000 a year. The operator of the park would be able to control when the water runs throughout the day.
After an executive session that capped off the beginning of the meeting, Middleport council approved executive ordinance 102-16, which is an amendment establishing protection of water and wastewater facilities in Middleport.
Jeff Darst, Middleport fire chief, again brought up the issue of requesting more funds from Salisbury Township for fire protection by the Middleport Fire Department. Darst said that after having a meeting with the previous village solicitor, Mick Barr, that officials sent a letter of agreement to Salisbury Township, informing them that fire protection costs for the township this year would remain the same — $1,400 — but that Middleport calculated that the new cost for fire protection, based on data from previous calls, would be $25,000. Baker said that Salisbury Township and Middleport are set to have a meeting in order to discuss.
The village also approved fire protection contracts with Cheshire Village, which pays $2,600, and Cheshire Township, which pays $10,500.
A resolution was passed authorizing Iannarelli to apply for Ohio Public Works funding for the current mine runoff project.
Jail contracts with various other sheriff’s and police departments in Ohio were approved. Baker said that if these jails wish to contract with Middleport, they will return the paperwork that Middleport has sent back to them. Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift also announced the hire of a new part time employee, Michael Oliver.
Council also adopted the rules of council and chose council member Doug Dixon as president. Permission was also given to Baker to pay utilities, postage and payroll withholdings throughout 2016 as they come, as opposed to waiting for council’s vote for each required payment.
Shawn Dunkle, from the Utility Sales Agency, also presented council with a sales pitch for water meters read through telemetry, or a radio signal, which will help improve accuracy and eliminate what is otherwise a time-consuming project, Baker said.
Council voted to rejoin the Ohio Purchasing Co-Op for 2016, which carries a $100 fee, and discussion over quotes for the repair of village hall’s roof, particularly over the jail kitchen, was discussed, with quotes to come at the next meeting. The need to appoint a new solicitor was on the agenda, but has been moved to the next meeting, and Iannarelli said council meetings will continue to be the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
The minutes for the previous meeting on Dec. 14 were approved, and bills totaling $3,913.02 were also approved.
The next council meeting will be 7 p.m. Jan. 25.
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