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South Point council hosts monthly meeting

SOUTH POINT — The South Point Village Council hosted its regular monthly meeting on Wednedsay.

The council:

• Discussed the renewal of the village’s operating levy in Tuesday’s general election.
Mayor Jeff Gaskin said this would allow the village to maintain the level of services it currently has. The levy is up for renewal every five years.

“I think we have reason to celebrate a victory,” Council member Mike Lynd said.

• Discussed the idea of offering video of council meetings.

Council member Chris Smith said these duties could be split between South Point High and the Tri-State STEM+M Early College High School. He said equipment has been purchased by Bullseye Media for the recordings.

• Heard from village solicitor Randy Lambert who presented them with proposed code changes to deal with junk cars, high weeds and other nuisances. He said the proposal took existing ordinances and put them together into one code.

• Voted to put vehicles into a surplus sale — which include two Chargers used by the police department, an Impala and a Cadillac seized from a drug dealer.

• Heard from fire chief Mark Goodall, who said the department has purchased a thermal imaging camera, which can be used to detect fires behind walls and also can assist in locating missing person in the woods.

He said the department responded to three false alarms, two overdose calls and a fatal car crash on County Road 1 in the past month.

• Heard from village administrator Russ McDonald, who said 21 million gallons of water were treated in October and no main breaks reported.

• He said the sewage plant had treated 21 million gallons and that the clarifier replacement project was on track and scheduled to be finished in mid-December.

He said 25 tons had been collected in the recent village clean up.

• Discussed plans for a generator project for the sewer plant.

• Discussed options for grants for putting in sidewalks on Solida Road and other parts of the village.

• Heard from Gaskin, who stressed that no one on council was in favor of metered water and that the village would “resist” such a move.