MIDDLEPORT — Kenny Utt, treasurer of The Eagles Club in Pomeroy, presented the Middleport village with a donation of $2,000 during Monday’s village council meeting.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles has given numerous donations for the county totaling around $80,000, according to Utt. The club’s goal is to help their community with positive action. On the ballot for elections set on Nov. 7, the voters of Pomeroy Precinct 1 will decide on the issue of allowing The Eagles to sell liquor on Sundays. Members of The Eagles deem an extra day open will increase their attendance, thus increasing their donation funds.
In other business, Fiscal Officer Sue Baker advised council members to review the village administrative report because the sidewalk at the Masonic temple needs addressed and informed council members and guests that on Oct. 20 the EPA granted principle forgiveness on Phase 2 of the Sewer Project (Main Street Sewer Separation) in the amount of $1,476,001. The total amount received through grants is $5,288,352. The cost for both the design and construction of the project totaled $5,788,352. All that will need to be paid is a $500,000 zero percent loan from the OPWC which stretches over 30 years, meaning each customer will be paying $1.55 instead of $10.
Council member Doug Dixon raised a motion of approval to keep funds in both Peoples Bank and Home National Bank. The council plans on transferring all funds from People’s to Home National when the problems of commercial transference are resolved. The members approved the motion.
Council member Richard Vaughn asked approval for community member Dale Walburn to have a handicap parking spot outside of his home. The members conferred. Vaughn then voiced awareness to a pothole between 3rd Street and Mill Street that needs attended to by the council.
Council member Shawn Rice shared that community members have been questioning the possibility of growing fruit trees in their yard or starting a community garden. Baker advised Rice to consult Mike Hendrickson, the planning and zoning building inspector, on the matter.
In the case of upcoming events, the village of Middleport will be having trick or treat on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6-7 p.m.
The Insurance Committee including Council members George Hoffman, Dixon, and Rice will be meeting a half hour prior to the next council meeting on Nov. 13. Council member Dixon, of the committee, made a motion to be removed and replaced by another council member.
Baker reminded citizens that they must have a permit for political signs, cost being $25.