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Village may build 8-16 condos

MLLERSPORT – “We’re the only ones within the village limits with a large chunk of land,” Mayor’s Assistant Vince Popo told council members at Tuesday night’s meeting.

He outlined a conceptual plan for the village to build 8-16 ranchstyle condos on its recently expanded wellfield south and west of the village office on Refugee Road. “ We could control every aspect of it,” he explained. The units would be targeted at buyers age 55 and up.

Popo hopes profits from the condo sales, enhanced by the village’s control of water and sewer tap fees, could cover most of its cost to purchase the additional 30-acre tract for its well field and future village facilities such as a new fire station. It would also add to the village’s tax base.

“So far this has just been me,” Popo emphasized. He suggested that council’s Service Committee look at his proposal in more detail and consult with the Board of Public Affairs.

Though council members had a lot of questions, they agreed to look at it in more detail.

Mayor Dean Severance announced that long-time council member Jim Wright will be giving up his seat for health reasons. Any Millersport residents who are registered voters and interested in serving the rest of his term through Dec. 31, 2013, should send a letter of interest to Severance by the close of business on April 26.

In other business Tuesday night, Police Chief Mark Consolo said Neighborhood Watch volunteers have now completed two training sessions. The nonconfrontation observers have received radio training and CPR/ First Aid instruction.

Consolo said more watch volunteers are needed. Any one interested should contact him through the village hall. He is also seeking additional applications for reserve police officer positions. Consolo is reviving the department’s bike patrol and has set up training for his officers.

In his report, Fire Chief Matt Bergum said the department could spend up to $10,000 to install computers in both medics. Now that Walnut Township has extended its contract with its EMS billing contractor for two more years, he said it makes to install the computers so billing information can submitted quickly. Currently, EMT’s are taking written notes and then entering them into the system when they return from a run.

Street Commissioner Gilbert Arnold said he has checked vil- lage streets with a Spires Paving company representative. He presented a possible list of streets to be resurfacd this year.

He will prepare bid specs for a formal bid. Fiscal officer Susan Ramsey said they can’t afford to spend any more than $100,000 on streets this year.

Popo said he recently learned that the village’s top demolition candidate – the former Sohio station on Lancaster Street – is now up for sheriff’s sale. While he doubts that anyone would buy it due to the $45,000 owed in back taxes, he said this latest delay is frustrating.

Popo said the basketball pool raised $300 for pool operations. He plans to do the banner program again and will be contacting past participants soon. Volunteers will be soliciting contributions for the pool at the traffic light on Saturday, April 27. No dates have been set for the planned chicken dinner and poker run to benefit the pool.

Ramsey said the village is still taking applications for lifeguards. She also asked for and received permission to schedule another community shred day.

The village’s spring clean-up has been set for Friday, May 17, for the north end and Friday, May 24, for the south end. Residents will be able to set out larger items for pickup.

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