MIDDLEPORT — Approval for a benefit street party on Sept. 6 and 7 on Race Street between Second and Third Avenues with certain restrictions applied was given by Middleport Village Council at its Monday night meeting.
The person to benefit from the event, sponsored by Wayne’s Place, is the family of Janet McKnight, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. The restrictions applied include no alcoholic beverages outside, and the requirement that the alley opening onto Race Street in the designated area be kept open to traffic. Hours of having the benefit event were noted. A listing of musical groups to play was presented to Council.
A second company offering an village aggregation electricity program, which is where a group of people, like in a village, comes together to have greater buying power resulting in a lower rate for consumers, requested time for a presentation to Council. In an earlier presentation by another company it was noted that aggregation results in about a six percent decrease as a result of the bundling over going alone. Nothing can happen without the approval of the majority of the people and has to go on the ballot after two public hearings. The earliest Middleport could put it on the ballot would be Primary 2014 because of the requirement for advanced hearings.
A discussion was held on a maintenance/inspection for the large village hall generator, with a price from one company presented. Council decided to secure additional cost estimates before moving forward with an agreement.
In a report from Mike Hendrickson, building inspector, floodplain administrator and zoning inspector for the village. it was noted that the routine rental inspection scheduling is underway, This involves mailing a scheduled time and date to all landlords for every rental that has not been inspected this year which involves about 100 landlords and about 300 rentals. It was noted that work on the new impound lot which is geared to storing junk or other vehicles until they are reclaimed or otherwise disposed of is continuing with the expectation of completion in the next few weeks.
Faymon Roberts, village administrator, in his report commented on the variety of jobs carried out by village workers over the past month. Included were repairing the lagoon levies, moving water meters, repair equipment, cleaning out sewers, doing leak detection and fixing water leaks,
For the police department, Council approved the recent hire of Chris Jones as a corrections office at $9.45 per hour while retaining his part-time position as a dispatcher at $8.45 per hour.
Approval was also given for Mony Wood to attend the Jail Administrator’s Course at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, Dec. 9-13 at a cost of $325 plus $15 per day for five days of lodging. Also approved was for him to attend the Ohio Jail Administrators Conference on Oct. 4 in Reynoldsburg.l The conference is free, but there is a a hotel cost of $94 a night.
Council member Rae Moore spoke of the accomplishments of the police department and of the importance of training programs they conduct not only for the benefit of officers but for the benefit of the public. She spoke of the officers’ cooperation with other agencies, and of the importance of classes conducted for the public. She spoke of how imperative it is for the public to be aware of the danger of meth labs and the importance of tipping off officers to suspicious situations. This can be done anonymous .