Mingo Junction mayor comes to workers’ defense

MINGO JUNCTION — Mayor Ed Fithen began Tuesday’s council meeting urging village residents with complaints to bring them to him or village Administrator Bob Smith, rather than posting them on social media or speaking harshly to village employees.

Fithen said he understands there are still areas that need attention, especially the streets, but said that is not a reflection on the work ethic and dedication of village employees.

“I commend our village employees,” he said. “We have people out there busting their butts. We have the best of any employees in the valley. I would put them up against anyone.”

Fithen also said the village is making strides toward the future, mentioning four new businesses: Kane’s Autos, the Blast Furnace Coffee House and Antiques, Baby Boyz BBQ and All American Appliances.

“Mingo is on the map and we are going to stay on the map,” he said. “We are moving up.”

Fire Chief John Wright announced the fire department has received its new ambulance to replace the one lost to fire earlier this year.

“We have not gotten the insurance check yet, but it should be here any day now,” he said.

In other business, council approved:

≤ An ordinance authorizing the village to participate in a real estate transfer with FEX Real Estate Holdings and the Jefferson County Port Authority;

≤ An ordinance to create the position of utility superintendent to direct the operation of the water and wastewater departments;

≤ An ordinance to establish a table of organization for the village; and

≤ An ordinance authorizing the mayor to apply for, accept and enter into a water pollution control loan fund agreement for the construction of wastewater facilities.

Councilman Jeff Schuetz announced Schuetz Funeral Home will sponsor a car cruise from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 23 at Aracoma Park.

The event will coincide with Mingo Junction’s Summer Concert Series.

The event will feature door prizes, drawings, dash plaques and cash prizes. All cars must be registered by 5 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by DJ Gary McLeish and Mark and Sandy Pierro.

The recreation committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Aracoma Park, and there will be a rules of council meeting at 6 p.m. June 25 in council chambers before the regular meeting.