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MILLERSPORT – Mayor Dean Severance and council members will support LEADS’ request for tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to refurbish Lakeland Apartments. Approximately $30,000 would be spent per unit to replace windows, carpets and fixtures.

Council members unanimously agreed to extend Big O Refuse’s residential waste hauling contract for another year through March 31, 2015. There will be no rate increase.

Mayor’s assistant Vince Popo reported that just one hurdle remains before the former Sohio station on Lancaster Street can be demolished. The gas lines must be capped but the lines can’t be marked until the snow melts. The village now owns the property and the demolition contract has been signed.

Council members also unanimously approved rates and hours of operation for the pool this summer. The pool will be open from May 31 through August 18.

Family memberships (up to six people) are $150 if purchased by April 30, $175 if purchased by May 31, and $200 thereafter. Senior citizen memberships with a Golden Buckeye Card are $60. Adult (15 years and up) single memberships are $80. Daily rates are $4 for adults, $3 for ages 3 – 14 and free for ages 2 and under.

Pool hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday hours are 1 – 5 p.m. Popo said the first fundraiser for the pool will be a NCAA basketball tournament pool. Entries are $20.

In his report, Fire Chief Robert Price said the village needs to address basketball hoops that extend into the roadway. He said a medic nearly hit one on Terrace Street. “You can’t see them at night,” he explained. “We need somehow to get them back (from the street).” Hoops on Terrace and Board streets pose the most danger, Price said.

He said the transition from former Chief Matt Bergum who resigned is going well. Price is moving Battalion Chiefs Jerry Murphy and Rob Robinson to Assistant Fire Chiefs. The battalion chief positions will be eliminated. He wants to add a captain position later this year.

Two part-time Millersport firefighters were injured in the crash of a Pleasant Township fire truck on snow covered roads, Price reported. Both are now recovering out of the hospital, but will be off duty for several weeks.

Fiscal officer Susan Ramsey said the village’s bi-annual audit is coming up this year. She said the village qualifies for a less expensive Approved Upon Audit format that doesn’t address financial statements. Ramsey believes the new format could save the village $8,000. Council members accepted the new format.

Council’s next meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

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