MLLERSPORT – Village officials have identified 10 vacant properties that meet the criteria for the Moving Ohio Forward demolition program.
Council members heard the first reading Tuesday night of a resolution to begin the process to remove the vacant structures. The properties are:
• 2315 Weakley Avenue;
• 2687 Summit Street;
• 11917 Broad Street:
• 11800 Broad Street;
• 12280 Lancaster Street;
• 2790 Chautauqua;
• 12115 Fifth Avenue;
• 12049 Fourth Avenue;
• 12025 Fourth Avenue; and
• 12069 Eighth Avenue.
Mayor’s Assistant Vince Popo and Street Commissioner Gilbert Arnold identified the properties. “Hopefully we’ll get all 10 done,” Popo told council members.
The village must pay for title searches, legal work and the demolition, but will be reimbursed for expenses via the state program.
In other business Tuesday night, Mayor Dean Severance said Police Chief Mark Consolo had successfully completed his probationary period. “Mark has done a marvelous job,” he said. “I hear great comments about him.” Consolo was then sworn in as the village’s permanent police chief. Severance also swore in Todd Ashton as a new police officer.
Consolo said the village’s new neighborhood watch program is almost ready to start. Volunteers are being trained and the program’s patrol car is almost ready. He said the program could use a few more volunteers. Anyone interested should call the village office for more information.
Council members also heard the first reading of a resolution to prohibit two-way traffic on Cherry Alley which runs west from Lancaster Street. The narrow roadway would become oneway east to west.
“People have a terrible time getting out there (on Lancaster Street),” council member Gary Matheny said. “We’ve had some close calls,” Consolo added.
Council members briefly discussed the impact the change would have on Tadpole Alley which runs north and south off Cherry Alley. They decided to take a closer look before possibly making Tadpole one-way as well.
Council members unanimously selected Chuck Mesko as President Pro Tem. He replaces Dave Levacy who resigned to begin his four-year term as a Fairfield County Commissioner. David Sherrer is the new Rules Committee chair. The other committee chairs are unchanged: James Wright, Service; Matheny, Safety; and Mesko, Finance.
Members also heard the first reading of a resolution setting the rates for the village-owned docks along the canal. Fees would be the same as last year – $300 for village residents and $400 for out-of-town residents. Popo said only a couple of the docks are rented to out-of-town residents.
Council members unanimously agreed to buy a new skid steer loader for the street department. Arnold the current loader is 17 years old and needs about $1,500 in repair just to get it running.
He proposed buying a new Case skid steer off the state bid list from Southeastern Equipment. Arnold said it would cost $22,144 after receiving $9,000 for the old loader. The new model has a climatecontrolled enclosed cab and a road gear which makes it easier to move around the village. Council members will discuss how to pay for it at a Finance meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Council members will also discuss membership rates for the pool at that meeting. The pool is tentatively set to operate from June 1 through August 18. Another issue is whether to offer an early payment discount for memberships. A family membership would cost $200.