MINGO JUNCTION - Village Council on Tuesday approved a five-year agreement with the Jefferson County commissioners to sell bulk water to the county.
Under the agreement, the village will charge $2 per 1,000 gallons of water for the first year, $2.10 in year two and $2.15 for years three through five.
The county expects to purchase about 16 million gallons of water from the village, which will amount to $168,800 over the five years.
The county has been buying bulk water from Steubenville, but the city increased its rate to $2.46 per 1,000 gallons of water.
The county water will service Sunshine Park and the Goulds area.
Mayor John Fabian said those county customers will be satisfied with the quality of the water.
Fabian said the village and the county negotiated the agreement to the benefit of both sides.
"I know Mingo Junction is needy, but we can't be greedy," he said.
County Commissioners Tom Gentile and Thomas Graham were at Tuesday's meeting.
"I want to thank the village of Mingo Junction for the respect and hospitality shown in talking in good faith," Graham said.
The county will save $28,000 over five years with the agreement with Mingo Junction as opposed to Steubenville.
"Every community needs to work together. We have a list of challenges ahead and cooperation and working together is the future," Gentile said.
In other matters, village Police Chief Steve Maguschak said he has received complaints about the number of officers on patrol. He said the village's financial condition limits the number of officers on patrol. Maguschak said he still is trying to fill the community oriented police officer position, which is funded partially through a federal grant. He hopes to have the position filled in the next several weeks.
He also made a plea to council to consider new cruisers and other equipment in next year's budget.
Maguschak, who also serves as village administrator, said the village now is using hot-mix asphalt to patch potholes.
Water bills also are going out in the mail, and council reminded residents the bills can be paid in advance on a monthly basis even though the bill is for three months of service.
Council approved an ordinance to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation bridge-inspection consortium. The village has the responsibility of inspecting one bridge in town, which is located on Commercial Avenue over Cross Creek. The bridge was replaced about three years ago.
Under the agreement, ODOT will inspect the bridge at no cost to the village.
Jim Freiling of the Mingo Business Association said the annual Cherry Blossom Memorial Park event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on May 1. The cherry trees were planted at the park in honor of school personnel at village schools.
Freiling said about 40 students will attend the event, learn about the history of the site and learn about tree trimming and maintenance.
Freiling also announced Mingo Junction Community Days is scheduled Aug. 8-9. He said a concert featuring village native Rob Parissi is scheduled for Aug. 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Freiling said Parissi is organizing the concert and performers.
Councilman James Morrocco voiced opposition to every ordinance being approved as an emergency. He said residents should be given an opportunity to have input on the ordinances prior to approval by council.