Mingo will give honor to Parissi­

WINTERSVILLE – An original member of the group Wild Cherry will be honored during Mingo Junction’s Community Days.

The event, which is scheduled for Aug. 9-10, will feature area native Rob Parissi as guest of honor, according to Jim Freiling of the Mingo Junction Business Association.

“The Indian Creek High School band will perform with Parissi on Saturday night and we will then honor him with a dinner banquet Aug. 11 at the Mingo Knights of Columbus,” he explained.

Freiling presented the information before council Thursday evening, asking members for the village’s support.

“We have already renamed McLister Avenue in Mingo to Rob Parissi Boulevard,” he added. “We are just waiting to put those signs up soon. We are also hoping to have a number of proclamations to present Parissi at the banquet.” The street will still be known as McLister Avenue, but will have the honorary title as Rob Parissi Boulevard.

Wild Cherry had the No. 1 hit song, “Play That Funky Music” in 1976.

Council passed a motion to donate $100 to the event and Mayor Bob Gale told Freiling he would compose a proclamation to be given to Parissi.

In other matters, Village Administrator Walt Ziemba briefed council on a construction update for Phase 1 of the waste water treatment plant.

“Things are still moving slow but all electrical work is almost done,” he began. “We are waiting for the drawing to come back so we have power to switch out transformers to generators for testing. More equipment should be coming in through the first of August. The project, however, is still going smoothly.”

Phase 1 of the project will include headwords, new screening, grit and grease removal; new grit classifier building; new influent and effluent flow monitoring; new aerobic digester tank; new scum pump station; replace aeration diffusers; new belt filter press; rehab clarifiers; geodesic dome clarifier covers; UV disinfection system; update electrical system; add two new blowers; raise flow EQ tank wall; and asphalt resurfacing.

Phase 2 of the project will focus on updating the lift stations with computer capability lines and remote monitoring system.

“Regarding Phase 2, the five lift stations will need a significant electrical updates,” Ziemba noted. “We sent the required information to our contact at AEP and they will have engineer come look at it and then will send an invoice to W.E. Quicksall. We are looking at a late fall bid for Phase 2 and realistically the work will not begin until January 2014.”

Ziemba also told council the spring cleanup totaled around 10 more tons than last year.

“Our public works labor was over $3,400 and we were provided 56 hours of community service from prisoners,” he stated. “The total cost for the cleanup was more than $7,600. The village crew did a great job working through those hot days and making sure everything was cleared from the sides of the roads. I also want to thank the sheriff’s office for all of their help.”

In other business:

– Gale thanked those involved in planning the annual Thunder in the Ville event and the Fourth of July parade.

– The magistrate, police and code enforcement officer reports for the month of June were discussed.

– Ziemba told council the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and excellence awards will be held Sept. 30 at St. Florian Hall.

-Canton Road will be paved in 2015, beginning at the Kroger store and ending at Kings Restaurant, Ziemba noted. The project will be funded entirely by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

– A water and sewer committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the municipal building.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the municipal building.