2007-04-21 / News

Millersport links utility services to annexation

By Charles Prince

MILLERSPORT - If you want village water or sewer service, your property will have to be annexed to the village first.

Village council unanimously waived the three reading rule and adopted a resolution Tuesday night establishing the council's intent on the extension of water and sewer lines. Council member Dave Levacy brought up the matter, explaining that a 1993 resolution that had prohibited extensions had been rescinded in 1999. A resolution several years ago offering village water to the FairfieldBeach area further muddied the issue.

In other business Wednesday night, council approved a oneyear agreement with Anthem for health insurance. Bob Weldon, of Tom Jones Insurance Agency, shopped the village's policy with other insurers but no one provided a better price. Millersport's 22 percent increase dropped to 15 percent when one dependent was dropped due to ineligibility. "I wish I had the magic answer," Weldon said. His policy for his officealso increased 22 percent. Mayor Dean Severance said the increase is in line with what he sees in his professional life. "Hopefully next year, we'll have some competitive alternatives."

Members discussed whether the village should contain to pay 82 percent of the cost for dependents of employees. Levacy said employees with dependents are actually paid more than those without. Council member Gary Matheny worried that dropping the payment for dependents would force those employees to quit for higher paying jobs elsewhere. Most village employees couldn't afford to pick up full dependent coverage at the village's relatively low wage rates, he added.

Members didn't make any changes, leaving the village paying 82 percent of the cost for employees and their dependents.

Darryl Stamford, construction inspector for the village's engineering firm, told council to look for construction "to come out of the ground in a few weeks" for the new water treatment plant. Wet weather has delayed construction, but the contractor is still focused on finishing the plant on time, he said.

Fire Chief Bill Yates told council that Walnut Township's outside attorney is reworking his original contract detailing the agreement between the village and township for fireand emergency medical services. "We could not sign it (the original)," he said. Provisions in that contract were out of date and didn't reflect changes in state law regarding fireservice.

Yates expects the revised contract to be acceptable. He warned council that funding is getting pretty low. The village's fire fund is down to $36,000. Yates is scheduling for 24/7 coverage in May, but will need to receive additional funds from the township next month to keep going.

Council members decided to public notice a special meeting for next Tuesday at 7 p.m. so they can attend the trustees' meeting without any concerns about public meeting law violations. That meeting will be held in the township officeson Millersport Road.

Vince Popo reported that the pool plans to open Sunday, June 3. Only a handful of families took advantage of discounts for purchasing memberships early. Electrical service is being updated at the pool. Tom Cumbow is donating his services with the village purchasing the supplies. Popo said cash management will be improved at the pool with the purchase of a cash register and more detailed reporting to resolve some deficiencies noted on the village's recent state audit. Popo is also trying to determine whether the village will have pay concession workers and guards the new state minimum wage of $6.85 an hour.

So far only about 15 residents have renewed their dock licenses for the 38 village-owned tie-ups, Popo told council. Each 2006 licensee got a letter setting an April 30 deadline for renewals. Council members told him to stick with that deadline. There is a waiting list for the tie-ups.

Council's next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.

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