Council approves payment options, truck purchase

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

MIDDLEPORT — Middleport Council held a brisk session Monday, their final meeting until the end of July.

Council adopted the GovPayNet payment processing framework on the counsel of Fiscal Officer Sue Baker, which will allow the village to accept credit and debit payments.

The system is designed for government entities, and has no costs or fees for Middleport, per Baker.

A customer side fee will be incurred, but “this is the way the world works now, people want to pay online,” she said.

Assistance Police Chief Monty Wood asked council to consider a scaling system for vacation time granted to full-time village employees, who currently receive 80 hours vacation after one year employment, and an additional week (40 hours) after 15 years of employment.

“It would be nice for them to have something to work towards that isn’t fifteen years,” said Wood.

In a 4-2 vote, council approved the purchase of a new five-ton dump truck for $54,334, which included features such as a snow plow and an extended bed.

Village Administrator Joe Woodall presented updated quotes to council, after the purchase had been tabled in a previous meeting pending more complete pricing.

During discussion, Councilperson Doug Dixon challenged the need for additional and upgraded equipment given Middleport’s size.

Woodall responded with his belief purchasing new paid off in reduced maintenance costs.

Referring to recently purchased vehicles, Woodall said “We have bought new in ‘15 and ‘16 to replace things that looked like they went through a war.”

In other business, Councilperson Richard Vaughan followed up on the local government impound lot, which in a prior meeting he requested action towards selling the vehicles.

Councilperson Sharon Older requested a copy of overtime records by village employees in April, May, and June of this year.

Councilperson Dixon sought an update on Grant Street, which is under maintenance following a sewer collapse. Head of Public Works Joe Woodall said gas leaks had slowed repairs, but work should be completed soon.

Village Solicitor Rick Hedges reported Salisbury Township representatives had not yet confirmed a meeting date for fire protection negotiations. Council President Emerson Heighton asked Hedges to persist with the overtures.

Bills were paid in the amount of $3,496.20.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Middleport Village council is July 24 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.