2010-06-26 / News

Millersport sets fees for skill games

By Charles Prince

MILLERSPORT – After several years of off and on discussion, Millersport has enacted licensing requirements for games of skill.

Council members unanimously waived the three reading rule and adopted an ordinance setting licensing fees. There are two annual fees. The first is the annual license fee which is based on the number of machines in operation. That fee ranges from a minimum of $500 for 1-10 machines to a maximum of $1,000 for 25 or more machines. In addition, there is a $250 annual fee per machine.

In other business June 8, council members approved their engineer’s recommendation that the Lancaster Street resurfacing project be awarded to Decker Construction of Columbus. Project cost was estimated at $163,190 with an Ohio Public Works Commission grant paying 59 percent and Millersport the balance. Decker bid $102,489 for the base bid and $9,229 for the alternate that covered work Millersport was planning to do itself as an in-kind contribution to reduce its actual cash outlay for its share. Base bids ranged from $102,489 to a high of $126,825 from Columbus Asphalt Paving. The Shelly Company bid $116,863.

After an extended discussion with project engineer Bill Newton P.E. of GGC Engineers, council members agreed that it made more sense to accept the alternate bid as well. The village still plans to provide traffic control for the project which will reduce its cash contribution. Work is expected to start late this month.

Acting Police Chief John Shirk quickly demonstrated that he won’t be just a caretaker while Chief Randy Lewis is on leave of absence as a criminal investigations advisor in Iraq. Council President Dave Levacy swore in two new auxiliary officers – Matthew Petticord and Chad Rosser, and Pastor Daniel Monk as police chaplain. Petticord is coming from the Thornville Police Department and Rosser is a security supervisor at Grant Medical Center.

Shirk told council members he will be providing a monthly spreadsheet report on department activity plus a monthly report on each officer, detailing their activity. The department held its first monthly meeting on May 24 and will continue to hold monthly meetings with all officers present. Each meeting will include a training session. Office Joe Roberts is doing background investigations on 11 applicants. “We are actively trying to recruit police officers,” Shirk explained. The department is seeking a couple of civilian volunteers.

The department has started a vacation house watch program. All it takes is to fill out a simple form with contact information and officers will watch your home closely until you return.

A bike patrol with two police bikes is being formed thanks to a $550 donation from an anonymous donor. Shirk also picked up quite a bit of equipment for a song. A Ford F-250 pickup truck will be painted and used for special events. A Chevy Suburban will be housed at the fire station for use as a joint command vehicle. Two ATV’s will be use for special events like the Sweet Corn Festival. An unmarked Ford Crown Victoria donated by Randy Hall will be used by investigators. Ten taser units from the City of Gahanna will allow each officer to be issued one.

Mayor’s assistant Vince Popo had good and bad news on the pool. It opened Friday, June 4 and then had to close when the main pump broke down. It was repaired by Sunday and then it went down again. “We’re holding water for the first time in five years,” Popo reported. That cuts down on water usage and means the water is warmer. The pump problem is with the seals and it is covered by a warranty.

Council members thanked neighbors Mike O’Neil, Eileen Entler, Mike Spears, Gary Davis and Kim McDonald for volunteering to trim back shrubs obstructing drivers’ sight at 6th Avenue and Chautauqua Boulevard.

Council’s next meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.

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