Invest more in community ‘for the long haul’ – News-Herald


Editor’s Note: This is one in a series that looks at what Lake District communities experienced in 2021 and what they face in 2022.

The mayor of North Perry, Ed Calco, has indicated a high priority that he wants lawmakers in the community to focus on next year.

“For 2022, I would like to see our council start investing more in our community for the sake of our residents,” Kalko said in a recent interview with The News-Herald.

In particular, Calculus hopes the village council will devote some of its attention to long-term planning.

“We need to start investing in our community for our residents in the long run … so 20 years down the road, we can go back and say, ‘Look what we did for our community.'”

While Klco expects to work with the council on developing specific long-term goals, he said a possible sale of the village’s wing building in 2022 could provide funding for community investments.

North Perry recently received a takeover bid for the former manufacturing plant located at 4455 North Ridge Road. However, a sale agreement is not expected to end before the end of the year, the mayor said.

“But it looks very promising, and getting the (Annex Building) out of our books would be very helpful,” he said.

The leaders of the North Perry government continued this year in efforts to develop a plan to change the western end of the village harbor in Townline Park.

“We want to build the port in a way that will benefit the owners of the inherent properties and the north of Perry,” Kalko said.

While the village strives to lower its costs for digging the harbor, community government leaders also want to ensure that any change in design does not prevent sand from moving to the shorelines of rebellious neighbors, who live east of Madison City.

Klco said it was vital for Perry North to consider responses from those declining neighbors regarding any proposed change at the port.

“The most important thing in my head is to make sure people east of us are happy with what we do,” he added.

Throughout 2021, North Perry has seen some changes and additions to the staff of its government leaders.

To the right of the photo to the left, North Village attorney Perry James O’Leary, Council President Brian Titus and Regional Superintendent Christopher Bernard are listening to residents’ comments during a Oct. 27 working session. O’Leary was appointed North Perry’s new attorney in March. He inherited Laura Pizmut, who left her job in the village to start a new full-time job in the Ashtabula district prosecutor’s office. (Bill DeBus – The News-Herald)

James O’Leary was appointed by the council to the new village government attorney in March. He replaced Laura Pismuth, who resigned as the village’s legal adviser to begin new work in the Ashtabula district prosecutor’s office.

Also in March, Village Councilman Roy Belllock retired after a little more than four years in which he served as a legislator in the village. The council chose Derek Foley as his replacement.

Since Ballack was due to run for re-election in November. Foley applied to compete for one of four vacant seats at the polls on November 2nd.

The village voters gave him a full four-year term in the election, and were re-elected to incumbent council member Mary Ann Rideout. Meanwhile, two new immigrants – Jeremy Lagania and Dennis Hurley – have also won council seats.

“(Lagania and Harley) are both bringing new ideas to our council and our village,” Kalko said.

The mayor cited a variety of other government highlights that occurred in 2021, including:

• New five-year contract with Spectrum Cable TV and Internet service paid by North Perry and given free to residents.

The village council has approved an agreement with Spectrum under which residents will receive the TV Select channel package, as well as an internet service at a speed of 400 megabytes per second.

“Our previous contract was just TV,” Kalko said. “Now, residents are getting internet – 400 megabytes – and that’s very helpful to me.”

• North Perry hired Mike Wyatt as a new full-time employee in the village’s service department.

Klco said Wyatt and interim service manager Charlie Laing “have reached the speed limit when it comes to operating the swimming pool at Townline Park.”

“That way, we have someone to fall on if one of them can’t get there, to keep our pool level for our residents.”

• The Village Council has appointed CMH Solutions as the new provider of information technology support services to the community government.

CMH is working to improve the village’s website “to make it easier for our residents to read about what’s going on in our community,” Kalko said.



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