MINGO JUNCTION - Village Council on Tuesday heard the first reading of an ordinance to limit where residents can park boats and recreational vehicles, but decided the ordinance may have to be rewritten after concerns were expressed by residents.
The ordinance would limit residents to two such vehicles, such as one boat and one camper. The regulation would force residents to park the recreational vehicles and boats behind a residence and be at least 5 feet from a property line. The recreational vehicles and boats would have to have a current valid registration.
But two residents brought up after the reading of the ordinance that some homes don't have an adequate backyard to park the recreational vehicles and boats. One resident said people invest a lot of money in the boats and recreational vehicles and should find a place to store the boats or RVs.
NEW GEAR. Mingo Junction Fire Chief John Wright shows one of the 27 sets of turnout gear the fire department was able to buy with $77,000 from a the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters grant. The turnout gear includes jackets, pants, helmets and hoods, gloves and boots. The grant money also was used to purchase a special washer and dryer to clean the gear, The department also received a $3,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Emergency Services to purchase new backboards, spinal immobilization and cervical collars. Wright said the patients on the new backboards can go right into X-ray at the hospital without having to be removed. - Mark Law
Council heard the first reading and decided not to approve the measure until it can be rewritten to accommodate residents' concerns.
Also, Baci Carpico of state Route 151, Mingo Junction, told council he and other residents in the Georges Run area are questioning the increase in water rates.
Council in March increased water rates for village residents from $6.31 per 1,000 gallons to $8.31 per 1,000 gallons. Customers outside the village are charged $8.97 per 1,000 gallons. Council also imposed a $51-per-quarter service fee to all water customers. Council at the time said the increases were necessary to raise enough money to pay the bond for the water plant.
Carpico asked if the village could refinance the bond, but Councilman James Morrocco said the bond was sold by the state and the rates can't change.
Council also was informed by village resident Jodie Fitzgerald of a reunion of Mingo High School band members, football players and cheerleaders. The reunion will be held on Aug. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. downtown and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Aracoma Park bottom shelter house. Council agreed to name Aug. 3-4 as Red and Black Days in the village.
Village Administrator Frank Fuscardo said village crews have been patching potholes throughout the village.
Morrocco also asked for Fuscardo to advertise for a grant writer for the village.
Council's ordinance committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on July 31, followed by a finance committee at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be in the Municipal Building.