Mingo council approves project

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council on Tuesday authorized the $2.5 million Lincoln Avenue sewer separation project by advertising for bids, with work expected to be completed by May.

Kevin Wilmot of CT Consultants, the village’s engineering firm, told council the project is being mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Ohio EPA recently gave the village permission to proceed with work, he said.

Wilmot said the project involves separating wastewater and storm water into different pipes. He said the combined system now can lead to an overflow issue at the wastewater treatment plant and untreated sewage being dumped into the river.

The village has applied for a 20-year state loan.

Wilmot said the project will include separating about 3,2000 feet of wastewater and storm water lines. He said water lines also will be replaced in the work area.

In other matters, Jodie Fitzgerald of the Mingo Revitalization Committee thanked the numerous people who volunteered in the week leading up to last weekend’s Community Days in cleaning up around the village.

Councilman John Fabian said the Community Days event was a success and also thanked the volunteers for their work.

Council also authorized appropriating $362,999.26 the village received in a court-approved transfer from the community complex fund into the administrative contingency fund. The move will require at least two-thirds of council approving spending any of the money.

The village received permission in June from Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to transfer the money from the community complex fund into the general fund. A small percentage of the village’s income tax was used to fund the community complex fund.

Council also agreed to advance James Raha, a village fireman, 160 hours of sick time.

Councilman Michael Herrick announced the schedule for the swimming pool for the rest of the summer season.

The pool will be open Sunday through Aug. 25 and then close until the Labor Day weekend, when it will be open Aug. 31 through Labor Day and then close to the public.

The senior swim will continue through Sept. 14. Herrick said the pool’s heater is working.

Village Administrator Steve Maguschak said the village has been fined $250 by the state Department of Commerce for not having a village employee educated on the village-owned underground gasoline and fuel tanks. Maguschak said the village apparently had been notified to have a worker go through the schooling on underground tanks, but it was never done.

Council also discussed why sewer repairs on Helenka Drive and George Street haven’t been started. The village in November signed a contract with James White Construction for the work. Maguschak said he told the contractor work has to begin soon.

Maguschak said work will begin in September to replace the roof on the Municipal Building. Council entered into a $67,000 contract with Hicks Roofing of New Philadelphia. Maguschak said he has been in contact with other contractors to make repairs inside the building due to damage from the leaking roof.

Mikeal Maguschak, the village’s Web administrator, said a newsletter about happenings in the village and other news will be e-mailed to persons who sign up through the village’s Web site at www.mingojct.us.

Council’s parks and cemetery committee will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at Aracoma Park to discuss cemetery regulations, followed by a 2:30 p.m. meeting at the park to discuss building a stage at the park. The village received $5,000 in piggyback tax recreation money from the county commissioners in the spring to construct a stage for summer concerts.