The Put-in-Bay Village Council met in April and one of the first items of business was to hire Steve Riddle as the new Village Administrator. Steve graciously accepted the position and literally got to work as soon as the appointment was made. The controversial new ordinance requiring “intimidation barriers” at island bars with outdoor areas fronting sidewalks was tabled after a discussion of the issues involved. There were also several people in the audience who voiced their negative opinion of the proposed ordinance.

There’s a proposed golf cart inspection ordinance on the table which would require golf cart inspections by the Put-in-Bay Police Department. This would apply to all Put-in-Bay Golf Carts, both private and commercial, using the streets within the village limits. The village council discussed equipment required on golf carts and whether or not golf carts titled before safety equipment like the windshield, turn signals, rear tail lights and the like was mandated would have to be retrofitted to meet today’s requirements. Put-in-Bay VillageSolicitor George Wilber said he would look into the matter. Under the proposed inspection ordinance, police officers would inspect carts for a small fee. A simple checklist of equipment was available to the Council members. It is estimated there are some 2,000 golf carts on the island.

There will be a meet and greet with the Put-in-Bay Police Chief on Thursday, May 26th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Put-in-Bay Town Hall. Here’s your opportunity to meet Chief Frank and let him know of any concerns you might have about public safety on the island. Officer Dankovich completed his six-month probation and the village council approved his permanent employment. The Police Department’s radio repeater was found to not be working correctly. It was located inside the base of the water tower. When the base of the water tower was opened, a leak at a weld joint where the fill pipe meets the elevated spheroid tank was discovered. Leaking water had caused the repeater to malfunction. The leak is small and does not pose an immediate problem, but does require corrective action as soon as possible. The storage tank will need to be drained to make repairs. Utility workers have started the process of filling and preparing the ground level tank for operation. Once the temporary system is set up, the water tower can be drained and inspected. Repair estimates are between $10 and $15K. could take four to six weeks.

On April 8th, Village workers were turning on water after 9 p.m. for people who decided to come up to the island at the last minute to enjoy the nice-weather weekend and open their cottages. The next day Village workers responded to at least two customers whose water pipes had frozen over the winter. Hours at the Utility Plant office in the building by the water tower are Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

Eric Booker noticed the contractors working on the Town Hall had done damage to the siding on the side of Hooligans. Eric was put in contact with the contractor to work things out.

The phone company has been contacted and asked why the phone lines by Bay Lodging, at the corner of Lakeview and Victory had not been repaired for such a long time. They said they were coming last week to start working on them. Clean up work in the area around the Put-in-Bay sewage treatment plant has been ongoing. Over the years, a lot of surplus stuff started to accumulate. It’s starting to look good now as things are tossed out. Put-in-Bay Village Council meetings are open to the public and take place at the Put-in-Bay Town Hall at 9 a.m. on the first and second Mondays of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend and voice their concerns