2007-07-21 / News

Millersport taking cautious stance on water talks

By Charles Prince

MILLERSPORT - Some village officials expressed reservations July 10 about once again talking about the sale of bulk water to the Village of Buckeye Lake.

This time the issue was raised in a letter from Millersport's outside engineering firmto Buckeye Lake Mayor Frank Foster. Michael S. Carder of GGC Engineers, Inc. asked Buckeye Lake to again consider obtaining water from Millersport. He cited a new 10 inch water line that would "virtually eliminate" volume limitations.

"We need to be very careful," Millersport Mayor Dean Severance cautioned. "We need to look out for our own residents first."

Both Severance and council member Gary Matheny recounted the two previous efforts to work out an agreement with Buckeye Lake. Several council members are upset that Buckeye Lake asked them to evaluate wellfieldcapacity - at a cost of about $15,000 - then, as Matheny put it, "dropped us like a hot iron," in a couple of weeks.

Council members ultimately agreed to keep an open mind, but won't be fronting any more money for studies. Severance reported that the Village of Thurston is also interested in purchasing water. Thurston currently purchases its bulk water from the Village of Baltimore.

Meanwhile, the construction of the village's new water treatment plant is on schedule. The building is erected and roofingshould be complete this week if weather cooperates. Equipment is arriving and most piping should be done by the end of August. The scheduled completion date is October 6 and work is on schedule.

In other business July 10, Tim Nolan said he wants to open a skill games business in Millersport. He currently runs games in Buckeye Lake and Newark. Nolan said he doesn't have the controversial Tic Tac Fruit machines and claims that his plans are OK with Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen. "Ronnie Small (Buckeye Lake Police Chief) is a good reference," he added.

Nolan hopes to put 34 machines in a space next to P. J.'s Deli on Millersport Road. He offered to pay an annual fee for the facility and for each machine. Both Buckeye Lake and Newark charge annual license fees.

Council member Dave Levacy wants to check with both Phalen and the county prosecutor before making any decision. Severance and council members agreed.

Council members heard the first reading of a resolution to increase the police chief's pay from $10 to $12 per hour. The three reading rule was waived for resolutions setting the pay for interim fiscal officerVince Popo at $13 per hour and increasing Mike Bergum's pay from $9.06 to $10 per hour. Both resolutions were adopted unanimously.

The village swimming pool continues to have a good year, Popo reported. Pool memberships now total 70. The pool has grossed $19,257 through June 30. Six village-owned docks are still available for $250 each for the boating season. Normally, dock renters must be village residents, but now anyone can rent one of the remaining docks for the rest of this year.

Street Superintendent Gilbert Arnold plans to have his street resurfacing proposal ready for review at the August 14 council meeting. The focus will be on streets on the north side of the canal.

Council members went into executive or closed session to discuss personnel issues at the end of the meeting. No decisions were expected. Council's next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14.

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