MIDDLEPORT — The bid of Enyart & Sons to work toward a solution to the sewer problem between Mill and Main Streets was accepted by Middleport Village Council at its Monday night meeting.
It was reported that there is currently no access (no manhole) to that stretch which is causing basement problems for some residents . The plan is to do what is called a “clean-up” entering at each end which may reveal a manhole which has been covered up, but if not to arrange for up to five cleanups. There were two bids on the project which included two to five cleanups with the lowest bid of $2,040.10 for each cleanup being accepted by Council.
Discussed at the meeting was the paving currently going on on in some sections of streets in Middleport. The work is being done by the contractor, Enyart & Sons, which completed the sewer project. The paving is being done to restore areas where settling or other problems have occurred as a result of replacing the sewers. The cost of the work is being paid from the remainder of grant monies awarded to the village for the sewer project.
Mike Hendrickson reported during that the meeting that the impound work is “ready to go,” that the only thing remaining is the screening on the fence and barbed wire on top of it. He also noted that housing inspections are going on and presented a report on the latest 21 inspected.
A second reading on an ordinance changing the traffic direction on a section of North Third Street was approved. Two donations were acknowledged, one for $150 from Wayne’s Place in appreciation for the village’s cooperation in closing a section of Race Street for a benefit party, and a second from Vivian May for use of the auditorium for clogging lessons. Council voted to use the money to purchase additional tables and chairs for the auditorium.
Generator maintenance which powers not only village hall, but the water and sewer systems of the village, was discussed again and it was noted that estimates are coming in but additional ones are expected.
Jail Administrator Mony Wood was authorized by Council to proceed with the purchase of another freezer for the kitchen where meals are prepared for the prisoners. He said that one freezer is not providing adequate space, particularly now when the prisoner count is high. Wood displayed a baby blanket, one of 12 donated by Mill Ends to be provided for clients of Meigs County Children’s Services.
It was announced that the annual Halloween celebration will take place on Oct. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Luther Lovejoy met with Council to voice complaints about the way the village is handling weeds and water problems at and around his property.
Meeting with Council were representatives of Integry’s Energy Services to discuss aggregation which is where a village is offered gas and/or electricity at a lower price. The contention is that aggregation is better financially for residents in that it brings “one big block” to a company which can then offer a lower cost. They referred to it as being a “one shop stop.”
They noted that the first step is to put the issue on the ballot after educating the public. Then if the vote is for aggregation, the company to provide the commodity is selected. The representatives said that the company they represent is the first to offer aggregation in the state and that savings are sizable for residents. They also indicated that they are offering budget billing which is particularly beneficial to senior citizens.
Both indicated that they will be available for private consultations and assured that the billing and service will remain as it is coming from their current electric company which for many is American Electric Power. Another factor they mentioned was that “anyone can opt out at any time.”