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Russells Point council approves 3-mill police levy for November ballot (Audio included)

The Village of Russells Point council conducted their first of two meetings for July Monday night. Highlighting the agenda was council’s approval of putting a 3 mill levy on the November ballot. The additional millage will provide additional police protection for the village.

Police Chief Joe Freyhof explained the need for additional funds arose because the expiration of a grant. The grant partially covered the salary of a fourth officer. That grant has expired and no additional grants are available in the immediate future. In addition, assistance to answer calls from outside departments has not been as readily available. Finally, finding candidates to be auxiliary officers has proven to be difficult.

Freyhof talks about the November levy.

Freyhof also shared several community alerts. Residents and visitors should be advised to keep their parked cars locked, especially after hours. Complaints indicate that individuals are “flipping” handles searching for unlocked cars. Cars are not being broken into but unlocked cars are having valuables stolen out of them.

Three types of phone fraud have been reported. Freyhof noted that residents should be aware of scams concerning “family incarcerations”, “expenses for a dead relative’s funeral”, and hackers shadowing victim’s friends on Facebook.

Mayor Robin Reames announced that a 2004 ordinance concerning parking on Grand Avenue will soon be enforced. Reames indicated that in the near future parking will not be allowed on the east side of the road. The width of the road and the difficulty of emergency vehicles getting through the street caused the concern.

Reames also announced that the village offices will be closed on Friday in recognition of the 4th of July weekend.

Reames talks about Grand Avenue.

John Harris, owner of Aunt Millie’s restaurant, asked and received approval from council to begin serving alcoholic beverages at his restaurant. Harris possesses a full liquor license but just plans on promoting wines and specialty beers.

Council approved a beginning bid of $3,250 for the property at 149 Clermont Avenue.

Council decided to delay a decision on Jeff Zell’s request to remedy a $569.58 tax bill. $500 of the bill is an assessment for failure to pay. Zell contends that he was unaware that he still owned the property. He thought he lost the property in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Council next meets on July 15th at 7:00 p.m.

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