Council discusses parking, Memorial weekend

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

MIDDLEPORT — Middleport Council reviewed Memorial Day festivities and traffic flow in their May 22 session.

Council discussed parking enforcement on the “T” exiting the ATM/bank. It was noted visibility and the safe egress were impaired by crowding cars.

Mayor Sandy Iannarelli relayed concerns of nearby businesses that parking had become limited in the area, but agreed with councilperson George Hoffman’s assessment “we this council voted on it and approved it, and we ought to enforce it.”

Council previously approved limiting parking in the area to address safety concerns.

Councilperson Richard Vaughan pointed to other nearby available parking, and suggested adding a painted crosswalk for pedestrian safety.

Meigs County Historical Society Co-Director Vicki Hanson and President Shannon Scott added their organization to the list of Memorial Weekend events in the village. They invited the public to view buildings in downtown Middleport recently donated to the society and considered for an eventual relocation.

Hanson said “We are excited to come to the community,” and discussed the volunteer efforts that would be needed to realize the potential of the buildings. In the meantime, Scott mentioned other initiatives, saying he would “like to get something going for the kids, that’s important to me.”

One of the buildings, the former Thomas Do-it Center, will be open noon-4 p.m. Saturday for residents and visitors to visit and see the work that will be taking place in the building to prepare it for the museum.

Mayor Iannarelli added a public plea for any circulating Middleport or Meigs artifacts to be donated to the museum.

Mayor Iannarelli reviewed the Memorial Weekend events in Middleport, including the Meigs Senior Center tour for Middleport graduates and open houses at newly established businesses Tuckerman’s and Yellow Umbrella. She thanked the many individuals and groups who participated in beautification projects downtown, including the Masonic Temple for extensive painting, Farmer’s Bank donations, and Tim Smith for his work on flowers in the park.

“And I just can’t tell you all the people, the businesses, doing good work keeping the sidewalks clean,” she concluded.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Middleport Village Council in June 12 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.