MIDDLEPORT — Mayor Sandy Iannarelli informed the Middleport Village Council and those in attendance that the Feb. 8 meeting is cancelled, as the gymnasium will be used for police training.
Discussion over the need for a village solicitor for Middleport was also discussed, as Mick Barr did not return to the position this year.
Members on Monday also passed a 2016 permanent appropriations resolution that Fiscal Officer Sue Baker said is always passed, as it allows the village to spend money.
Joe Woodall, who now serves as the village administrator, discussed the telemetric metering system the village may acquire. Essentially, this means that some of the village’s meters will no longer need to be read by people, but sent electronically. At the previous meeting, a representative from Utility Sales Agency discussed telemetry readings, and at a later date another company will present the village with information as well.
Iannarelli announced a few of the committees for the village and who will serve on them. The Finance Committee will include Dick Vaughan, George Hoffman and Sharon Older; the Ordinance Committee will be Doug Dixon, Shawn Rice and Emerson Heighton; and the Insurance Committee will include Sue Baker, Dixon, Rice and Heighton.
Council member George Hoffman brought up the topic of bringing back the two $5 permissive taxes that council voted to cut in 2015. This money helps with the street fund, and Baker said that because of the cut of funding in the village’s budget that no more road salt can be purchased at this time.
Council member Dixon voted to table the issue as council doesn’t need to make a decision until July. A tie vote was broken by Iannarelli, who agreed with Dixon that they had until July and that she and any other council members needed more time to research the taxes and funds before coming up with a decision.
Discussion was conducted on whether to purchase an advertisement for the 2016 Meigs County Visitors Guide, but no motion was made regarding the matter.
Lastly, resident Fred Hoffman said the parking lot in front of Middleport Village Hall must be paved and lighting needs to be brighter. He said the parking lot also has too much flooding.
Minutes from Jan. 11 were approved, along with bills totaling $1,222.61.
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