Bridgeport council eyes paving work

BRIDGEPORT – One of the major issues on village council’s agenda during Tuesday night’s meeting was Hall Street.

Over the last several months, the Hall Street paving project has been a topic of discussion due to the amount of potholes that plague the street. Hall Street is also the home to several businesses and residents. Several of the businesses have written letters to council stating that Hall Street needs to be fixed.

While both the village council and mayor agree something needs to be done, a decision was not made until Tuesday night. A resolution was passed to bid out the Hall Street paving project. Bids in the past were submitted but expired before a decision could be reached.

“We have to do something with this road,” said President of Council David Smith.

The street committee had stated that about 815 feet of Hall Street would be paved after a waterline was repaired. The street committee includes Jim Porter, who serves as chair, Marvin Husarik and David Smith. Bridgeport resident Marlene Bruce asked council and the street committee why they were not going to pave in front of her house. Other residents spoke up about the issue with Hall Street as well.

After much discussion, Smith asked to include the part of Hall Street in front of Bruce’s property in the sections that need paved.

John Knight, a representative from First Energy, spoke to council about the possibility of bringing electrical aggregation to Bridgeport. A motion was brought to the floor for Knight to further look into the electrical aggregation and bring the results back to council.

Council also approved the purchasing of a new police cruiser; approved the transfer of funds from the perpetual care fund for the cemetery to pay for a new tractor; approved the fire department getting help to collect delinquent accounts; and entered into an oil and gas agreement with Great River.

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