Middleport receives funding for slip repair

By Kayla Hawthorne - Special to the Sentinel

MIDDLEPORT — The Middleport Village Council announced Monday evening that the village has received funding to repair the Middleport Hill slip.

Village Administrator Joe Woodall said Ohio Department of Transportation will fund 100 percent of the project on Mill Street for 180 days. After October 28, if the project is not complete, the Village of Middleport will be required to pay 20 percent for the remainder of the repairs. Woodall said the estimated cost of the project is $592,000.

At the April 22 meeting, council voted to purchase a Gravely mower for around $9,300 with zero percent financing. Monday night, Woodall asked the council to retract that decision and to allow him to purchase a Ferris mower instead. Woodall said the Ferris was his first choice when they were discussing the issue, but the first seller would not give the village zero percent financing. After Woodall discussed the matter with another retailer, he said the village can purchase the Ferris mower for $11,300 with zero percent financing. Council approved this change with a 5-1 vote. Council member Sharon Older voted against it.

In other business, council approved the Middleport Alumni Group to use the depot at no charge for the class of 1964’s reunion. Council member Carolyn French is part of that class and the alumni group. French abstained from the vote.

Council agreed to donate $500 toward the firework display on July 4. Mayor Sandy Iannarelli said the senior citizens group is organizing the event.

Council also agreed to a request for a handicap parking sign on South Second.

Woodall said he was given approval from the health department to resurface the tennis courts. He hopes to have them open this summer.

Council member Ben Reed said he has received complaints about semi- and box truck traffic in Middleport. Reed thinks the issue needs to be discussed, but he wants there to be police presence at the meetings. The police chief was not present at the meeting.

Council member Susan Page announced the first Food Truck Thursday event of the summer is this week on May 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food trucks at this event will be Nixtamalized, Smoke’m If You Got ‘Em, and A-Town Pies and Fries. Cee-Cee Miller will be the music entertainment.

The next scheduled meeting will be cancelled because it falls on Memorial Day. The next Middleport Village Council meeting will be held Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall on Pearl Street.

By Kayla Hawthorne

Special to the Sentinel

Kayla Hawthorne is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.

Kayla Hawthorne is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.