New Waterford eyes purchase of water testing gear from Lisbon

NEW WATERFORD – The village is looking at purchasing lab equipment from the village of Lisbon to test water at both its treatment plants. Mayor Shane Patrone advised council on Tuesday it would save half the cost of having the test samples sent out.

“Most of the equipment has not been used and it’ll save us about $1,000 a month for what we’re paying now,” Patrone said, adding it won’t cost anything to have the equipment, which will be bought at a discount, in New Waterford.

The excess lab equipment has hardly been used and is in “good shape” Patrone said, adding that new equipment could cost upwards of $10,000 to $12,000.

If Lisbon runs into a problem later, Patrone said the two villages could work something out. He called it a “win-win” for both and Councilwoman Doris Ogle said she liked the idea of two communities working together with their assets.

Patrone said, “It’ll cost nothing and we’ll have the equipment here … at no additional money.” He said it was “pretty close” to a complete lab set up and no action was taken.

In other business, council approved a motion to allow the United Methodist Church to conduct a covered bridge run on Sept. 21.

During a past event the village provided assistance with orange safety cones and an ambulance standing by. Council vote unanimously, 6-0, to approve the request.

Also, Administrator Fred Fink said the water and wastewater plants are still moving in a positive direction. “A lot of work has been done,” he said, adding there is a lot left to do.

He advised council that the shower at the wastewater plant needs to be replaced, noting he wasn’t aware that it didn’t work. “Another lack of communication deal,” Fink said.

He also reported the sewer line to the newly demolished school was capped at the sidewalk and a valve was installed on the water line for whatever it might be used for later.

Fink said the road department resurfaced Taylor and West Main streets and the parking lot at the community building in preparation for the chip and seal program scheduled for July 18.

Council approved a request by Fink to install a sign at the water plant. “Something to identify it as our facility,” he said, adding it would cost about $500 for everything.

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