Middleport Council discusses parking, street modification

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

MIDDLEPORT — Middleport Village Council dealt with a wide range of matters during Monday’s regular council meeting.

A 15 minute executive session with Paul Reed, president of Farmers Bank, yielded a vote that allowed the bank to widen the turn lane and drive through at the Middleport location were the bank will be opening an ATM.

While still addressing road conditions, the council moved to end street parking in two locations, hoping to improve visibility, safety, and traffic flow: Cole Street between North Second Avenue and North First Avenue on the downriver side, and Mill Street between North Second Avenue and the alley near the “T.” The locations will have their curbs painted yellow. The council also asked the police department to step up enforcement of curbside parking violations in those areas that damage the newly built sidewalks.

Ordinance 108-17 was passed, which approved and adopted 2017’s Codified Ordinances. Villages are required by law to publish ordinances, which grow in number each year and are often dependent on state laws, which also increase and change steadily. Middleport contracts a professional codification company to update the village’s new ordinances, incorporate changes from the state level, deliver physical copies of changes, and host online the complete set of local laws. Council approved $5,306.13 for this service, and passed Ordinance 108-17 which in turn adopted all the enclosed changes.

Department heads gave brief reports, followed by the Mayor.

Jail Administrator and Assistant Chief Monty Wood discussed plans to bring an officer from part time to full time employment. Fiscal Officer Sue Baker said during discussion of the financial feasibility of the move, “I expect it to break even or even save money,” because of the inherent difficulties around the clock scheduling with part-time employees.

Administrator Joe Woodall sought and was given permission to adjust the senior center’s water meter size to save the center from a $500 minimum bill.

Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson reported progress on demolition of the old Humane Society building.

Mayor Sandy Iannarelli announced the Zoning Commission will consist of Mike Stewart, Noel Miller, and Don Stivers. She also reiterated an invitation to the public for the April 10 meeting about Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications.

Bills were paid in the amount of $9,397.16.

As a final matter, Councilpersons Emerson Heighton and George Hoffman reported on their discussions with Salisbury Township representatives concerning fire protection. In previous years, Middleport and Pomeroy Fire Departments have provided service to Salisbury with limited compensation and Middleport has recently indicated a need for the township to assume a greater share of the costs.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Middleport Village Council is April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Middleport Municipal Building.

By Michael Hart

Special to the Sentinel

Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.

Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.