Council fills vacant term
By Mary Grzebieniak
Virginia Younger, a charter member and secretary of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, was unanimously named to New Middletown Village Council and sworn in Monday to fill a vacant term which expires Dec. 31, 2012.
Younger has been a village resident for 45 years and along with her husband, Richard, owned an electric store franchise for 26 years. She also worked as a secretary and in administrative work for 25 years.
The only other contender for the post, which was formerly held by Cheryl Wilson-Hawkins, was Michelle Myers, a former police officer here. Hawkins recently resigned from council, citing a lack of time.
Also Monday, council waived the three-reading rule and voted 5-1 to put a two-mill two-year police levy on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Voting against the measure was Council member Dan Santangelo. He objected to waiving the three-reading rule, stating council had enough time to pass the measure the conventional way. Council member Dan Stanton commented, however, that little interest has been shown by residents in the levy and that time is needed to publicize it.
Three men, including Zion Lutheran Pastor Larry Klinker, and firefighters Russ Hawkins and Frank Zayas, asked Fire Chief Curt Brown to clarify the policy when Springfield Township ambulances come into the village. Brown said the ambulances can come as long as the township is notified.
Council agreed to spend $2,120 through the state purchasing system on new weapons for the police department’s, which are 12 years old. Mayor Harry Kale voted for the purchase, breaking a tie when council members Jack Novicky, Santangelo and Stanton voted “no.” They wanted to check with a local gun dealer who would possibly match the price by offering a higher trade-in on old weapons.
Members agreed to save money by leveling and seeding a sideyard at the municipal building instead of paving it.
Kayla Weaver was named to the village’s volunteer fire department, pending a physical and a background check.
Police Chief Vince D’Egidio announced the Memorial Day parade lineup will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30. Anyone wanting to participate should contact the police department.
Council agreed to spend $3,500 for silica sand for the volleyball court to replace mason’s sand which has attracted bees and made the court unusable. They also will buy a $600 set of bleachers for the skate park at Welker Park using $589 left in community donations for the park. They also defeated a measure to pay $764 for an energy audit of the municipal buildings with members stating they know the problem is costly fluorescent light ballasts and do not need an audit.