MIDDLEPORT — Middleport Village Council continued their discussion regarding animal waste along the walking path in the village during Monday’s meeting, but has yet to make a decision on the matter.
Fiscal Officer Sue Baker, Village Administrator Joe Woodall and Councilman Doug Dixon had looked into pricing of options to be placed on the path for dog owners to clean up after their pets.
One option would be a clean-up station with a metal waste container and bags at a price of $249. Another option would be to purchase just the bag apparatus and place it near a trash can. The bag apparatus would cost $99 with a case of replacement bags also costing $99.
Dixon stated that they did not need the station, just the dispenser and the bags.
Mayor Sandy Iannarelli expressed concern over kids pulling the bags out, and therefore going through more bags then were actually being used. Iannarelli continued that adults should clean up the mess and then the village would not have to take the steps to put something like that in place.
Councilman Shawn Rice stated that if people were not going to bring their own bags it was unlikely they would use the bags if they were placed on the path.
Baker asked about the possibility of placing signs on the path as another alternative to the purchase of the bag system.
Discussion among council was to place a bag apparatus on each end of the path and then one in the middle. No decision was made as council members asked that the village look into additional, and possibly less expensive options.
In other business, Solicitor Richard Hedges stated that he had looked in to the matter of term limits as had been requested by council at a previous meeting. Hedges stated that he has sent letters to the Attorney General’s Office as well as the Board of Elections on the matter, with the Board of Elections referring the question to the prosecutor’s office.
Hedges stated that as he understood the matter at this point, Middleport is a “home rule village” which would mean any action on term limits would likely need to be placed on the ballot for voters to decide on. In governments which have a charter, term limits are often written into the charter, but that is not the case with Middleport.
Village Administrator Joe Woodall discussed the possible purchase of a new mower for the use at the cemetery. Woodall stated that a 36-inch deck mower would be better at the cemetery as it would fit between headstones. Woodall gave council a paper with information from Baum Lumber. Council asked that he check on pricing at other local locations as well before a decision is made.
Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson asked council to pay the $365 needed for his annual certification, which was approved by council.
The Mayor provided council members with a chart showing the chain of command for all village offices and departments, as well as any vacancies which could be filled at a later date.
Council member Richard Vaughan was not present for the meeting. Council members present were Doug Dixon, Emerson Heighton, George Hoffman, Sharon Older and Shawn Rice.
The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 6 p.m. on March 7, with the next council meeting scheduled for March 13.
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