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Russells Point moves toward increased cell phone reception

Russells Point Village Council will allow Verizon to construct a temporary cellular tower near the municipal building in a move to ensure reception for safety services during peak usage months.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the population of the Indian Lake region increases exponentially thus increasing the usage of local cell towers and the potential for interruptions in service for local law enforcement and first responders.

The temporary tower will serve the community until Verizon constructs a permanent tower near the Russells Point Water Plant.

Council also learned of an unforeseen issue with the procurement of the Rudolph land for the Indian Lake/Miami River Open Space project. The parcel had previously qualified for Current Agricultural Use Value for county real estate taxes. However, when such land is transferred to a new owner, there is a three-year look back to recover the discount, according to village solicitor Rob Eshenbaugh. The amount of the CAUV is approximately $20,000. Council will absorb the cost and move on with the project.

Crews began fogging for mosquitos Wednesday evening and will continue in the coming days.

The Russells Point Police Department conducts its third annual Safety Town for Indian Lake children entering kindergarten from 1 to 3 p.m. June 17 through 21 at the Russells Point Municipal Building, 433 State Route 708. The program includes pedestrian, traffic, and fire safety, as well as good and bad touch, stranger danger, the hazards of drugs, gun safety, boating, water, and park safety. Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be teaching proper fishing techniques.

Each participant leaves with a new fishing pole. Registration information may be picked up and returned to the police department. Deadline to register is June 10.

The next regular council meeting is at 7 p.m. June 17.

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