Washingtonville to seek grant for bridge painting

WASHINGTONVILLE – The rusting bridge to the wastewater plant may get painted if the village is successful in obtaining a Community Development Block Grant for $60,000.

Councilman Jim Smith initiated the project and council voted unanimously Monday with a 6-0 vote to submit it to the Columbiana County commissioners for review during their May 22 meeting.

Built in 2004, after the old bridge was washed out during heavy rains, it connects Boston Street to the plant. It was built using materials “mostly” donated by the county and was never painted, Smith said, noting that today it’s heavily rusted and corroded.

Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat said the bridge was “not in danger of falling.”

The CDBG application is based on a $54,405 estimate received about a year ago, Smith said.

Three estimates of $54,504; $61,140; and $105,250 were obtained which included sandblasting to the “white metal” and starting with a zinc primer and finishing up with an epoxy coating.

The bridge would need a full containment since it spans a waterway per Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

If the grant is approved, the village’s share will be $5,000 and could come out of any of several funds.

Councilwoman Laura Trummer said, “I think it’s important to do the bridge … it’s important to take care of it.”

Erin Begue, the funding administrator for W.E. Quicksall & Associates, the consultant on the bridge and two other village projects, said a county official she spoke with thought there was a chance it would be approved.

Work won’t begin until next year if it is.

Last year, Smith said he spoke to another supplier who said it didn’t have to be taken down to the bare metal but acknowledged the estimates were “astronomical” and noted it will take about $200,000 to completely replace it.

In other business, Council wants more information before taking action on a booster station to improve water pressure in a couple areas. Plans call to submit paperwork for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant/or zero-percent loan to fund the project.

Begue said most municipalities apply for 49 percent grant money and a 51 percent loan or vice versa.

The design and bid timelines point to council taking action in June at the latest, according to Solicitor Michele McBride Simonelli.

In other business, Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk said the red tickets that will be placed on nuisance properties that need cleanup action are ready.

He said photos will be taken of each property from a public accessway with a date and time stamp for a record of when the notice is delivered.

Mayor Will Jones said that everyone in the village has been told about the cleanup effort and Husk said, “This is definitely going to be an eye-opener,” adding that some people are working at it slowly.

Also, council approved the $2,000 purchase of a new laboratory calibrator to weigh suspended solids at the waste water treatment plant.

Gudat said the old one was 20 years old and worn out. He explained it is calibrated and certified once a year.

Council also approved a $100 purchase for Gudat to obtain one sign to place on the discharge side of the stream; and approved a $40 mercury light to place in front of the administration building.

Jones also noted that the chip and seal program will begin July 9.

“So we have some time still to get the roads ready,” Jones said. Two Mahoning County officials are scheduled to get estimates for road on that side of the village and Street Committee Chairwoman Becky Vignon said maps were distributed of all the village roadways.

She said they found alleys and streets they didn’t know about.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net