Council takes action on fire expenses

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

MIDDLEPORT — On Monday, Middleport council resumed discussion of the Salisbury Fire Protection contract, or absence thereof. Citing a lack of official response from the township, Middleport council debated what constituted a reasonable amount to invoice for Salisbury’s use of Middleport fire services.

In a previous meeting, Fire Chief Jeff Darst said virtually half of his department’s responses in 2016 were to Salisbury Township.

Fiscal Officer Sue Baker confirmed $1,400 due from 2016’s temporary agreement had been delivered last week. Also per Baker, revenue from Salisbury’s fire levy, which passed last year, was already available to the township.

Councilman Emerson Heighton and Darst estimated Salisbury would receive approximately $25,000 in fire services for 2017, but that any increase in billing represented an improvement, “Considering we’ve been getting the same amount since 1976,” said Councilperson Doug Dixon.

Heighton moved for, and council approved, to send a bill and contract designating Salisbury’s financial responsibility as “$2,600 a quarter, $10,400 even (for the year), to be paid on the first day of each quarter.”

In other business, ordinance 110-07 was passed, and the standard three readings waived, to allow the Ohio Department of Transportation authority over a section of Route 7. Mayor Iannarelli described the access as “routine.”

Following a 10 minute executive session, council approved $1 an hour raises for Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson and Fiscal Officer Sue Baker. The mayor cast a tie breaking affirmative vote. Hendrickson’s last raise came six years ago, while Baker’s salary had not increased since 2008.

The minutes of a May 5 emergency meeting were reviewed, during which the council approved $5,000 for a property demolition. Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson secured the low price, relative to typical demolitions, but the equipment and demolition company were only available during a limited window.

Bills were paid in the amount of $6,842.12.

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.