Mantua – Regarding water and sewer systems, Village Administrator John Trew suggested conducting a lead line study among village residents to ascertain how many homes within the village still have lead pipes. To that end, Mayor Linda Clark is asking residents to photograph the waterlines that enter their homes at the water meter site and email them to her office, along with the resident’s street address. The information will be used to determine if the lines coming into the home are copper, galvanized, or lead. By sharing this information with the village, they hope to determine if the village water system contains a low number of lead lateral connections. According to Clark, “This will help in stabilizing our water and sewer rates, as well as grants and potential forgiveness loans.” Photos and details can be sent to mantuamayor@sbcglobal.net. For more information, call Mayor Clark at (330) 274-8776 x155.

In other news, brush pick-up will continue through October; it takes place on the second Tuesday of each month. All brush is to be placed at the curb with the cut ends facing the street. Branches over 8 feet in length or 4 inches in diameter will not be picked up nor will thorny brush. Please note that the Service Department will spend no more than 20 minutes at each address.

In other news, the village is seeking to fill vacant seats on the Historic Landmarks Commission.

All members should have an interest in architectural and/or historic preservation and design, together with a determination to work for the overall improvement of the quality of the village’s physical environment. Letters of interest should be directed to Mayor Linda Clark, P.O. Box 775, Mantua, OH 44255, or sent to the email address listed above.

In other news, the Village of Mantua Police Department is seeking part-time dispatchers. Applicants must demonstrate effective communications skills and have the ability to manage, monitor, and direct police, fire, and EMS personnel. Visit mantuavillage.com/dispatcher.pdf for requirements and a complete job description. Applications may be submitted to Dispatch Center, Mantua Police Department, 4650 High Street, Mantua Ohio 44255. (No phone calls please).

Lastly, a partnership of various community groups, including the Village of Mantua, have joined together to form Start Talking Portage, a group who work together against the local drug abuse and addiction epidemic. Start Talking Portage conducts free, monthly meetings at the Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna; meetings are open to all Portage County residents. Come and learn from guest speakers, hear about local programs and resources, and find out what progress is being made. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm; the next Start Talking Portage meeting will take place on September 26th. 

*The next village council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 pm. Beginning in October 2019, the regular monthly council meetings will resume on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.