Arkport Talks Summerfest

June 22, 2022
By Jasmine Willis

ARKPORT – The village board held its regular meeting to discuss insurance, festivals, and parking on June 21.
The village board agreed to waive the fee for vendors at Summerfest. Bill Robinson was at the meeting to talk about the importance of the festival. It is a big event for the community every year. The streets coming into the festival will be closed from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. for safety reasons. The village board agreed to donate $600 to the festival.

There was also talk about not making the festival political this year. The theme of the festival is Hometown Heroes. There will be talk of no alcohol vendors or profanity.

Some of the activities include a 5K run, parade, craft vendors, Boy Scouts breakfast, and maybe a cornhole competition.
Steve Peck of Ryan Agency talked about the different ways the village can save, and how property values have gone up. He gave a presentation on all that was available to the village at this time. He will work on the changes and send them into the village for review.

Code Enforcement Officer Bill Rusby issued five permits in May. He went into detail about an individual misusing property with a scrap yard. He said they removed about half of it, but he will get back in touch with him about fire hazards and codes.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Logan Sliter talked about the updates in the village. He made a request to extend the amount of Hometown Hero banners for next year. There will be milling and paving happening soon. Work has been done on fixing the chipper. Sliter said that the county ditched the creek located by the shop. The Eagle Scouts have completed several projects; benches, signs, and will be painting hydrants soon.
The water tower needs some work done on it soon. The controller needs to be fixed that gives a digital reading on if the tank is low or high. Hornell City helped in fixing some problems at the plant.
The village board will make signs restricting the use of parking at the park. There have been issues coming up about vehicles misusing the street when work needs to be done.
The library will now be switched over to its own entity. It will be a public library system.
The village board agreed on a fixed rate for electric on a 4-year term.