Mingo council discusses pet ordinance

MINGO JUNCTION — Village Council on Tuesday discussed work on an ordinance to protect pets during extreme cold and hot spells and the work of a consortium of water and sewer departments in the county.

Village Administrator Bob Smith said the ordinance to protect pets is progressing. A current section of a village ordinance will have to be amended to put in that dogs must be protected when temperatures go below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees. He said there also will have to be language on how long a pet can be outside and unprotected.

Village Solicitor Ernest Wilson noted the police department will have to carry an accurate thermometer.

Smith suggested contacting the Jefferson County Humane Society for guidance on how to word the amendment to the ordinance.

In other matters, Councilman George Irvin, chairman of council’s water and sewer committee, said a consortium of water and sewer departments, which has been meeting for nearly three years, has progressed to the point where it will become an ad-hoc committee of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association.

The consortium has been working on sharing of services and information. As an ad-hoc committee of OMEGA, the consortium also can have joint purchasing of materials to get a lower rate and also participate in shared training.

Irvin said the consortium, made up of Steubenville, Mingo Junction, Toronto, the county water and sewer district and Brilliant, may develop a shared database of delinquent customers.

As an example, Irvin said a person applying for water service in Mingo Junction may be denied because of a delinquency in Steubenville.

Irvin said OMEGA wants to see the consortium expand to include other counties in the region. He noted there will be no cost to village residents.

Smith said he wants to the village to purchase about $30,000 in new water meters, with technology for the meters to directly connect with the water department. He wants the village to set aside the money in the upcoming budget. The meters cost about $200 each, he noted.

The finance committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22. The economic development committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27, followed by a water and sewer committee meeting.