Council approves transfer of accounts to HNB

MIDDLEPORT —Limited agenda items made for a quick meeting of Middleport Council Monday night.

The village authorized Fiscal Officer Sue Baker to transfer all village funds to Home National Bank, which opened a branch on Second Avenue two weeks ago.

Reiterating from a previous meeting, Councilperson Doug Dixon said “Now that we have a local bank, we should support it,” as the council passed Resolution 233-17 making Home National a “Public Repository for the Village of Middleport.”

A resolution changing insurance coverage for dependent spouses of village employees was tabled, following lengthy discussion, pending more analysis by the insurance committee. Proposed Resolution 232-17 would limit the village’s coverage to those spouses who are ineligible for other insurance plans, such as plans offered through their employer.

Mayor Sandy Iannarelli updated council on the removal of the batting cage area at General Hartinger Park. The private owner of much of the infrastructure, including the batting cages, is deceased. Some or all of the structures will be removed by the estate before being donated to another institution, though the village anticipates receiving several thousand in uncollected rental fees from the estate, per Solicitor Rick Hedges.

Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson notified council on progress with several dilapidated properties.

On two properties in highly visible areas, council authorized village employees to clean up, bill the property owners, or place liens on the property to be collected with taxes, as permitted under village ordinances.

Bills were paid in the amount of $4,431.95.

The scheduled Sept. 11 was canceled due to the expected absence of the Fiscal Officer.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Middleport Village Council is Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Middleport Village Hall.

By Michael Hart

Special to the Sentinel

Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.