Bridgeport council takes care of business

BRIDGEPORT – Village Solicitor Mark Thomas opened Wednesday night’s Bridgeport Village Council meeting by stating that this meeting will be productive, focused and not distracted by current legal issues.

“As you all know, it is important that we conduct the regular business of the village this evening, and I think the theme of it all needs to be that we need to have a productive, efficient and orderly meeting,” Thomas said. The solicitor added he thought it was necessary for the spirit of cooperation and compromise “to be in the forefront so that we can move forward, not only tonight with the business we have at hand but as we go into the future; I do want to stress that I, as legal counsel for the village, will not entertain any comments from anyone about the pending litigation.”

Village council hired Fred Brunstetter as the new fiscal officer for the village after the position was left open when Judy Oberdick resigned earlier in the summer. Brunstetter has been working with the village since Aug. 5 with interim fiscal officer John Morgan.

Council also voted to keep Morgan on as a consultant.

Council approved Mayor John Callarik to accept a $1 million loan from the Ohio Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. On top of the loan, the village was given a forgiveness grant for $300,000, which mean that $700,000 will have to be paid back.

The loan will go toward clearing the village’s water wells of chemicals. According to the Water Superintendent Jim Zorbini, the problem was first detected in 1996, and he has worked to make sure that none of the contaminated water has reached the citizens of Bridgeport.

Zorbini also added that he has looked at the rates of the village and noted that water rates could be raised to $2 a month per customer.

The next meeting will be held on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.

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