Millersport Village Council met Dec. 12 and it was reported that the parade with Santa and the tree lighting was a bigger event than last year. Santa and Mrs. Claus were greeted by many parents and kids. The “Leo” branch of the Millersport Lions Club served hot chocolate and Amber Hetteberg passed out cookies and donuts. A special thanks to Mayor Gary Matheny, Chief Consolo and Officer Tim Gales, Fire Chief Bob Price and the fire personnel, Jack and Cynthia Thompson, Tom Nebbergall and Wyatt, William and Bonnie Stutske. A special thanks to Bonnie Stutske for decorating the bridge.
The replacement water meters are nearly installed with approximately 250 to complete. Anyone who has not had their meter replaced is asked to please call Necco to have a new meter.
Street Supervisor Dan Phelps has put away the leaf machine for the year and is ready for winter with salt from Walnut Township.
Police Chief Consolo sent statistics for the month of November. The department issued one traffic warning.Commissioner Jeff Fix met with council on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Councilor Beth Butler followed up to go over the steps needed to establish rules, guidelines, fees and 3% bed tax on short-term rentals. A follow-up meeting was set to move forward on a Millersport ordinance and then with input from the residents of the Village discuss the effects.
Walnut Township Fire Chief Bob Price sent the run totals for the month of November. Station 631 made 54 runs, Station 632 made 33 runs, Station 633 made 27 runs and the department made 17 mutual aid runs.
A resolution was passed authorizing wage increases for 2024. A resolution was passed authorizing supplemental appropriations. An ordinance was passed increasing cemetery appropriations. An Oodinance was passed authorizing temporary appropriations.
Residents who are interested in being a part of the committee for the 2025 Bicentennial celebrations are asked to contact Vince Popo at 614-562-7320.
Millersport TWIG 13
Millersport TWIG 13 of Fairfield Medical Center met Dec. 18 in the fellowship hall of the Millersport Methodist Church. President Jennifer Kilbarger welcomed the ten members present and provided cookies for the refreshments. New member Karen Reed was introduced and welcomed to the group. Members with December birthdays were recognized, Carol King, Carol Kitzmiller and Norma White. TWIG 13 made a donation of $2,000 to the Hospital. Jennifer thanked Drenille Keener and Karen Pairan for helping with the recent Jose Madrid Salsa Sale at FMC. President Kilbarger reported on various events and programs of the other TWIGs and FMC. This year’s TWIG Recognition will be held April 29th at Crossroads. Plans were made for the next meeting in April and the Spring Homemade Pie Sale in May. TWIG 13 would welcome anyone who would like to become a member.
MHS students attend S.A.D.D. SUMMIT
On Nov. 14, Millersport High School’s Student Council and National Honor Society members were given the opportunity to attend a S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) summit at Nationwide Arena. This summit included speakers focusing on mental health and wellness, cybersecurity and human trafficking, mobility/social media safety, safe driving and drug and alcohol abuse. After the summit, students went to dinner and back to the arena for the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game. All students were given a free ticket to the game and a meal voucher. Before the game, the students competed in the seat belt challenge in front of the arena where our students got the fastest time for buckling their seat belts. One of the students won a signed hockey puck for participating in the contest. In addition to the signed puck, four of our students were chosen from the summit to sit on the CBJ bench during warm-ups. They were able to go through the CBJ tunnel, watch warm-ups and fist bump the players.
Millersport Senior Citizens met Dec. 15 in the Lions Clubhouse on Chautauqua Boulevard in Millersport. President Ed Otte welcomed the twenty members present. He led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. Nancy Davis offered the prayer before the meal which was catered by Melody Boyer.
President Otte conducted the business meeting following lunch. Members signed up for the 2024 Kitchen Committees. Several members were remembered during the time for Member Concerns. A donation was made to the Walnut Township Local Schools White Christmas Project. The group was reminded that there would be no club purchased entrée during the months of January and February in case of meeting cancellations. If there is no school in the Walnut Township Schools on the day of a meeting due to bad weather, there will be no meeting.
Door prizes were won by Richard Neff, Alice Graham, Nancy Davis, Floyd Hart, Anita Bailey, Karen Mosher, Ruthanne Hammel, Carol King, Debbie Gant, Judy Harris, John Hoermle, Mary Sue Slater, Bill Yates, Vivian Crist, Marty Holtz, and John Hammel. The meeting was adjourned for cards and Bingo. The next meeting will be held at noon Friday, January 5th in the Lions Clubhouse. Anyone 55 and older is encouraged to join for lots of good food, fun and fellowship.