Port Washington Council seeks letters of support

Port Washington Council seeks letters of support

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At its Dec. 6 meeting, members of Port Washington Council asked residents and local businesses to send in letters of support to help secure additional funding for a proposed sidewalk project.

Council approved a resolution allowing Mayor Tom Gardner to submit an application for funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program. If received, $756,000 of the estimated $1,107,000 project will be secured.

Council must now pursue other funding sources to cover the remaining $260,000. Erin Wright, engineering technician and project coordinator for the Thrasher Group, is scheduled to provide an update on the project at the Dec. 20 council meeting.

Anyone wishing to express support may email a letter to portwashington.fiscalofficer@yahoo.com or call Gardner at 330-340-7551.

It also was reported the property at 113 N. High St. will be reappraised before the end of December. The village had attempted to sell the vacant home earlier this year but did not receive any bids that met the required value of the property. The village has since demolished the home and cleaned up the lot.

Once the appraisal is completed, the lot will be put up for bid. It will need to sell for no less than the appraised value as required by the state.

In other matters

—Council approved a log split for resident Carol Starcher.

—The Belden Community Park was reported to have been winterized by councilman John Little.

—Council reminded residents Santa will be at the Delaware Fire Station on Dec. 18 from 5-7 p.m.

—Gardner expressed gratitude to all the volunteers who helped install the Christmas lights on Main Street.

—It was reported the fire department received five calls during November and a total of 47 calls for the year to date.

—Council agreed to add a special meeting on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. to close the 2022 books.

In legislation

Council passed the following:

—A resolution authorizing the mayor to prepare and submit an application for TAP funds for the sidewalk project.

—An ordinance approving an agreement with ODOT to maintain Main Street/U.S. Route 36.

—Two resolutions to amend appropriations on an emergency basis to pay expenses as needed for the remainder of the year.

Port Washington Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the village hall.