MIDDLEPORT — The Middleport Village Council voted to implement two permissive license taxes beginning January 2017.
The taxes are $5 each and will be charged for anyone renewing their car tags in the community. Council Member George Hoffman brought up the taxes on the agenda Monday, and Mayor Sandy Iannarelli said the taxes were absolutely necessary to keep up the streets in Middleport.
“We have to keep our streets clean in order to have a clean-looking town,” she said.
Sharon Older, Doug Dixon and Dick Vaughan voted no on the taxes, with Shawn Rice, Emerson Heighton and Hoffman voting in favor. The mayor broke the tie with a yes vote. Currently, Middleport has one $5 permissive license tax.
Council eventually approved Ordinance 106-16 regarding refuse rates. According to Fiscal Officer Susan Baker, refuse rates for village trash customers will go up $1.50 effective immediately, which will be $18 a year per customer, to match the rising cost from Rumpke, with whom the village contracts for trash pickup.
The village announced three levy renewals that must be on the ballot this year: fire, police and current expense. Baker emphasized that these are not new taxes. Fire and police are one mill, and current expenses is a two-mill tax. Council also announced that Peoples Bank would continue to serve as the village’s official depository.
Two tax liens were placed against two properties in town. Council voted to place the tax lien against 749 S. Third Ave. and 585 Lincoln St. A lien is imposed by law to secure the payment of taxes, and Baker said this means that if the properties are ever sold, the village will get any taxes they are owed on both properties.
The company Ferguson gave a presentation on automated meter reading/advanced metering infrastructure. In January, the village heard from another company, Utility Sales Agency, regarding AMR/AMI, and Baker said she expects the village will solicit bids for the job soon.
Two conferences were announced for council members as well: public records training, or Sunshine Law training, will be in Athens, and is required for council members at least one year of their four-year term. Another local government conference will be held in Columbus, but council members are not required to attend.
The village announced that Richard Hedges will serve as the new village solicitor. Hedges said he should be good to make all necessary council meetings during his time as solicitor. Information was also given about the village’s revitalization project, which was originally awarded in 2014, Baker said. This project, which is basically finishing up, is helping to improve sidewalks and playground equipment in the village, with the original award at $300,000.
To round off the evening, three local candidates for office attended the meeting and briefed the audience and village officials about themselves. Larry Tucker, Diane Lynch and Colleen Williams are all running as Republicans in the March 15 primary. Tucker is running against incumbent Randy Smith for Meigs County Commissioner, Lynch, the incumbent, is running against Sammi Mugrage for the clerk of courts position, and Williams, the incumbent Meigs County prosecutor, is running against James K. Stanley.
The next council meeting will be 7 p.m. March 14.
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