Letters of support help find funds for sidewalks

Letters of support help find funds for sidewalks

At the Dec. 20 meeting of Port Washington Council, it was reported the village administration received a large number of letters of support for the project to install sidewalks on both sides of Main Street — one side of North Street and Clairsville Road and one side of School and Arch streets.

Erin Wright, project coordinator with the Thrasher Group, updated council on the project. If funds can be secured from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program, the village’s share of the more than $1 million project will be $220,000.

If TAP funds are received, additional grant funding will be sought to cover the village’s share of the cost. The deadline to apply for TAP funds is Jan. 31. Those who still wish to send letters of support for the project may email a letter to portwashington.fiscalofficer@yahoo.com or call Mayor Tom Gardner at 330-340-7551.

In other matters

Council accepted Assistant Police Chief Jeff Stearns’ resignation. A resident of Port Washington, Stearns has been a member of the police department for 13 years. Gardner and council members expressed regret at losing Stearns, who has accepted a full-time position with the Sugarcreek Police Department.

Council heard a quote of $3,200 was received from ARC owner Dave Menefee to install a safety railing in the street department garage. Menefee also will insulate and install steel panels in the restroom area.

Council scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. to close the books for 2022. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at the village hall.