MILLERSPORT – Five new police officers have reached the field training stage, Police Chief Mark Consolo told council members Sept. 11.
He said several residents have applied to take part in the new Neighborhood Watch Program. Officer Robert Tischler will coordinate it. More volunteers are needed. Anyone interested should call Consolo at 467-7277. Consolo encouraged John Hitchcock – see photo at right – to sign up.
In other business on Sept. 11, Mayor Dean Severance announced that he is meeting with Ty Thompson of ODOT on Sept. 21 to discus traffic studies at new four-way stop by the elementary school and the Lancaster Street traffic light by Watson’s Valero.
Fiscal Officer Susan Ramsey had some pretty good news about the pool’s finances. Thanks to fundraising efforts and a $5,000 matching pledge from an anonymous donor, revenue may slightly exceed expenses.
“We have to have a handicap lift next year,” Severance reminded council members. “We need to start working on it now,” Council President Dave Levacy added. A lift is expected to cost about $10,000.
Council members unanimously agreed to authorize GGC Engineering to submit an application for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant to replace the water tower. Michael Carder of GGC said his firm won’t charge the village to prepare the application. He acknowledged that the probability of receiving funding isn’t too strong this year, but it makes sense to apply now.
The water tower was built in 1968 and has some “glaring” deficiencies that need to be addressed. “Repairs aren’t cost effective,” Carder said.
Another question, he said, is whether to size the new tank at the existing 250,000 gallons or increase it to 500,000 gallons with the expectation that the village will be providing to water to more customers. Approximate costs are $600,000 for 250,000 gallons and $1.1 million for 500,000 gallons.
Council members heard the first of three readings of an ordinance to increase water and sewer rates effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Water rates for Millersport residents would increase from $23.65 to $25.00 per month for the first 3,000 gallons. The cost for each additional 1,000 gallons would increase from $3.00 to $3.90. For seasonal users, the flat rate per month of $10.50 would not change.
The basic sewer rate for the first 2,000 gallons would increase from $23.56 to $25.00. Each additional 1,000 gallons would move from $7.77 to $8.24.
The only proposed administrative fee increase is the “bad check fee.” It would increase from $25 to $35. Bank charges will continue to be added to the fee.
The village’s bulk rate to Buckeye Lake Village will also be increased per the contract terms. Buckeye Lake is aware of the increase and doesn’t expect to have to increase rates for its water customers.
A neighbor asked for help with a vacant and unattended house on Fifth Avenue. “It is a tear down,” council member Gary Matheny agreed. “We will do what we can,” Levacy told her.
Council’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Residents will be able to comment on the rate increases at both the October and November council meetings.