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Pool will open again this summer

MILLERSPORT – A parking ban on Lancaster Street from Mill to Main streets enacted in March drew some questions from Lancaster Street residents at last Tuesday’s council meeting.

Mayor Dean Severance opened the discussion by stating that he wished that the three reading rule for the ordinance banning parking hadn’t been suspended.

“Why just that one block?” Lancaster Street resident Jennifer Brookover asked. She acknowledged that residents can park behind their homes, but the ban would force guests to sometimes walk through snow or mud. “None of us are opposed to no parking on one side of the street,” Brookover added.

Severance said Lancaster Street narrows from Mill to Main. Lancaster Street is just 30 feet wide at Main Street.

Street supervisor Gilbert Arnold said the Ohio Department of Transportation requires at least eight feet for parking and 12 feet per driving lane. “This (Lancaster Street) is a state highway,” Council President Dave Levacy said.

Arnold suggested that three spaces might be preserved on one side of the street. “If you pull the center line off the center, you gain three spaces,” Arnold explained.

Arnold and Fire Chief Bill Yates both confirmed that parked vehicles in that section force larger vehicles, like snow plows, fire trucks and school buses, left of center to avoid hitting them. Brookover was also concerned about enforcement given the quick enactment of the ban and the lack of opportunity for public comment.

“Until the signs are up, it is a non-issue,” Levacy said. ODOT will be providing the signs and that could take months. He suggests talking with a local ODOT official to see if there any alternatives. “We’ll continue to work on it,” Severance told residents. “Ask my opinion when it is in my neck of the woods,” Brookover added.

In other business last Tuesday night, Severance announced the pool should be filled by May 15 to let the water warm up before its scheduled opening June 1. “You don’t make money on a swimming pool,” he said. “We’re trying to get it more financially stable.”

Severance thanked Levacy for getting some business donations for pool operations. Last year, the village had to transfer $21,000 from its general fund to the pool fund.

Council members also approved membership fees and daily rates for the pool. A family membership is $150 if purchased before May 1, $175 if purchased before June 1 and $195 after June 1. An individual membership for any person age five or above is $85. A membership for anyone with a Golden Buckeye card is $60. Daily rates are $3 for children 12 and under, $4.50 for adults (age 13 and older) and $3 for senior citizens. Daily rates after 6 p.m. are $2 for anyone.

Board of Public Affairs member Chris Tennant reported on the group’s April 13 meeting. He said the village is still waiting on the Village of Buckeye Lake to pay its $306,000 capacity fee. Ohio EPA will ask Buckeye Lake why the agreed upon fee hasn’t been paid. Tennant said the village is seeking up to $500,000 in federal stimulus funds for the Phase 2 and 3 waterline extensions. “It is looking pretty good,” he added.

The village will start easement discussions with property owners for the waterline extension to Buckeye Lake soon. Water Superintendent John Wood and Fire Chief Bill Yates will jointly contact property owners. Fire hydrants will be installed along the route which should reduce fire insurance rates for nearby property owners.

Fairfield County Engineer Frank W. Anderson, P.E., P.S. asked village officials in a let- ter to support the renewal of the county’s .5 mill road, bridge and culvert levy. It will not increase taxes. Council members agreed to endorse the renewal provided the county pays the cost to move the village’s waterline when the county replaces a Southbank bridge this summer.

Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 at the village offices.

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