New Middletown officials set meeting
By Mary Grzebieniak
Village council has set a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday to explain to residents the need for a new police levy.
The meeting was set at the suggestion of Councilman Dan Stanton who said at council’s session earlier this week that “a lot of discussion” is needed on the proposed levy.
Council has discussed placing an additional 3-mill police levy on the November ballot in order to continue 24-hour police coverage after this year and to pay increasing insurance costs.
The millage would bring in $71,000 in addition to the 2.5 current mills for the police department, which bring in $59,000 now, said Fiscal Officer Carl Flitcraft Jr.
The levy needs three readings before it can be placed on the ballot by the Aug. 11 deadline for the fall general election.
Also, council accepted Thomas Fok & Associates, Youngstown, as engineers for the Middletown Road waterline replacement that is planned for this summer. No bidding was needed for the professional services.
They accepted a $4,888 Ohio Criminal Justice Service Grant to be used toward paying the wages of a current part-time police officer. The village must provide a 10 percent share for the grant.
Council also gave second reading on an electrical supply agreement with First Energy Corp. The agreement, which needs one more reading to become law, will provide a 6 percent and 4 percent discount off electric rates for village residents and businesses, respectively.
The agreement could be for nine, six or four years. Residents will be notified and can opt out if the agreement is approved.
Lawmakers also hired Street Sweep, Springfield Township, for $1,575 to sweep village streets this year. The rate is $75 higher than last year because of increased gas prices.