MIDDLEPORT – The Middleport Village Board has approved a recycling contract for the village.

Members approved the deal last week with Modern Disposal, which had previously indicated it was not interested in renewing the contract for three years at the previous rate. So, the contract was put out to bid.

Only Modern and Allied Waste Service of North America submitted bids, with Allied’s coming in at $210 per unit and Modern’s at $196.88.

Board members also:

• appointed Brent Russell as a full-time police officer, effective immediately.

• heard from Police Chief John Swick, who said May was one of his department’s busiest months. His officers logged 7,028 miles and answered 136 complaints of varied natures.

Trustee Wayne Blumerick asked what the regulations were for youth loitering in village parks. Swick said the curfew was 9 p.m.

It was also reported that a lot of debris is being left in certain areas and light bulbs keep getting stolen in Rotary Park. Swick said he would advise his officers to pay more attention to the parks.

Deputy Mayor Thomas Conley said he had received a call from the manager of Dollar General about his concern for the intersection of Route 31 and Carmen Road. Several accidents have already occurred there, however, Conley said that is out of the village’s jurisdiction, and the state should be contacted.

• heard from Blumerick about the issue of installing bike racks in the village, and after discussion, village coordinator Bryan Bobbit was authorized to spend up to $1,000 for a rack in front of the village hall on Main Street.

• were told by Mayor Richard Westcott that the remediation work being done in the village makes it the perfect time to extend sidewalks on the east side of Vernon Avenue and Freeman Avenue east to Alfred Street.

He said the company doing the remediation has offered to dig up the areas, provide stone and do the sub-base. All the village would be responsible for would be the cost and labor for cement.

“This is a golden opportunity for the village,” Westcott said. “We have stated for years we are a walking community.”

Bobbit was given permission to obtain prices for the work.

The mayor also said the village will be receiving a $1,594.27 refund for street lighting.

In other business, the board approved the summer Royalton-Hartland Youth Swim Program, which runs from July 3 through Aug. 11, with no classes on July 4. Kathy Mullin was approved as swim director at $17 an hour, a 50-cent per hour increase from last year.

The swim instructors who were approved were Kathy Dudley at $11.25 per hour, Brent Thurman at $9.75 per hour and Emelia Pericciny at the minimum rate of $9.75 per hour. Madison Pratt was approved as life guard at minimum wage.

All appointments are pending Civil Service approval.

The Middleport Summer Recreation Program was also approved to run from July 10 through Aug. 11 at Royalton-Hartland Middle School gym.

Heather Perdini was approved as assistant recreation director at $13.50 per hour and Gabriela Santo was approved as recreation leader at minimum wage.

The board also gave authorization to proceed with sidewalk construction, setting the amount of reimbursement to property owners at $3.50 per square foot of sidewalk replaced or 50 percent of the cost, whichever is less.

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