Middleport Council hears project updates

By Michael Hart - Special to the Sentinel

MIDDELPORT — Middleport Council passed a public health measure and received good news on a major sewer project during its most recent meeting.

Working with the Meigs County Health Department (MCHD), Middleport passed an ordinance prohibiting alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs from the village’s four parks and marina.

Laura Cleland of the MCHD also circulated an information sheet to council featuring details of Middleport’s splash park.

The Meigs branch of the Creating Healthy Communities coalition helped bring grant funds to Middleport last summer for the child centered rec area. Cleland said the flyer was a final step of the grant process, to review and highlight successes.

Village Administrator Joe Woodall reviewed financial details of a major sewer project, including $2,312,351 awarded by the Ohio EPA for Phase I. Per Woodall, the two phase project will eliminate an ongoing issue of flooding basements, and separate runoff out of an abandoned mine from the village’s water system, substantially reducing the burden on that infrastructure.

“Due to Joe’s hard work, (Phase I) is 100 percent paid for by the Ohio EPA,” said Fiscal Officer Sue Baker.

Without the grant, “$2.3 million would be $8 a month increase for the next 30 years, for every Middleport customer.”

In council business, Trick-or-Treat was set for Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6-7 p.m.; a “Kids Playing” sign was approved from Lagoon Road; and outstanding fines for overgrown grass were waived for a new property owner. Mayor Sandy Iannarelli also asked pool owners to be vigilant cleaning in the fall, due to the risk of West Nile virus risk known for Meigs County.

Solicitor Rick Hedges followed up on a request to determine whether a specific employee benefit package discussed in a previous meeting might have legal complications, determining it would not.

Bills were paid in the amount of $8,743.78.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Middleport Village Council is Oct. 9 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.