MIDDLEPORT A contract for construction of Middleports sanitary sewer system in the amount of $6,332.138 has been awarded to Mike Enyart & Sons by Middleport Village Council. Mayor Mike Gerlach said Enyart had the lowest bid of the two submitted on the project which is expected to get underway this fall. The project is designed to eliminate most outflows into the Ohio River thereby reducing pollution, and bring the village into compliance with current standards set by the Ohio Environmental Protection. It was earlier reported that the sewer project will not cost village residents anything. State funding agents have granted total loan forgiveness since the work is required to bring the system into compliance with the EPA mandate. The sewer project is one of three improvement projects underway in Middleport. Recently construction was started on the interior of the Middleport Elementary School building which is being converted into a new village hall and jail. Work there is expected to be completed early next year. It was earlier reported that the village has received word that it has been awarded financing for a waterline extension on Powell Street, which will provide much-anticipated water service to residents in the Hobson community. In other business Council discussed the coming warranty expiration on the sewer project work completed earlier this year. The one-year expiration date of the warranty is about to expire and residents with complaints are asked to contact Council so that a list can be sent to Fields Excavation which did the work. Action was taken by Council to neither declare open nor permanently closed an unused and unnamed alley near Page Street to satisfy the needs of adjacent property owners. Council also granted a variance ordinance to Howard Videla, owner of property on Mill Street, in order for him to continue improvements. Use of the depot in Diles Park was discussed along with the $50 fee and security deposit for possible elimination for two organizations which consistently give-back to the community the Riverbend Arts Council and the Middleport Community Association. Next weekend the Arts Council will have Art in the Park, a free event. After some discussion, it was voted 5 to 1 by Council to waive the fee and security deposit for the two organizations on the basis that they put money back into the community.