2007-06-16 / News

Police patrols in Millersport increasing

By Charles Prince

MILLERSPORT - The village's police car is a lot more visible now.

Mayor Dean Severance swore in Randy Lewis on May 22 as the first of several new part-time police officers funded by the two-mill police levy that voters approved 221-179 last November. Lewis, who lives in Groveport, is working 24 hours a week. He is an experienced police officer.

"People in town want to see some tickets written," council member Kenneth Brotherton said at Tuesday night's meeting. "I want to see people just as scared as they are driving in Buckeye Lake."

Several candidates for the other two part-time positions are currently being evaluated, Severance said.

In other business, council members unanimously appointed Vince Popo as interim fiscal officer.He is temporarily replacing long-time village clerk Madeline Utley who retired. Popo reported that the village swimming pool is doing much better financially this year. A total of 54 memberships have been sold so far and revenues through June 10 were over $10,000. Last year, due to a host of problems including cool weather, the pool didn't even open until June 12.

Popo said 27 village-owned docks have been rented to residents. He asked and received permission to rent one of the remaining docks to a non-resident. After some discussion, council members agreed that the remaining eight docks could be rented to anyone. The rent is $250 per dock. Popo and council members emphasized that dock rentals to non-residents are for this year only. Council members also agreed to hire Jeff Stout as a sub-contractor to help Street Commissioner Gilbert Arnold get the rest of he new docks installed this season.

Severance proposed a policy covering solicitation at the intersection of Lancaster Street and Ohio 204 downtown. Any group wanting to solicit there must first submit a fundraising eligibility application to the village. Organizations must be non-profit and have some connection to the immediate Millersport area. Solicitations will be prohibited on Sundays. Eligible organizations will be given a four-hour blocks on Saturdays - either 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m..

Council member Charles Mesko brought up a proposal from Jim McKittrick who owns the Lancaster Street drive-thru to operate a farmers' market there on Saturdays. Council members gave his plan their "blessing" and wished him well.

Popo also reported on the status of several maintenance code violations. Several have been resolved, while others have failed to do anything or meet promises made to him. Popo asked about going to "the next step."

"We just have to get aggressive," council member Dave Levacy said. "We need to start enforcing this stuff," Severance added.

"It's an enforcement problem," Arnold said, referring to the reluctance to issue citations.

"If you do a few of them (impoundments of unlicensed vehicles), you'll get some attention," Levacy said. Severance plans to talk with the police chief and new part-time officerabout impoundments.

Council members set a special finance committee meeting for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 to appropriations, next year's budget and possible raises for some employees. Council's next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.

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