New Waterford to seek grant for clarifier

NEW WATERFORD – Village council authorized the mayor and village administrator to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for sewage plant repairs during a special meeting on Tuesday.

One of the two sewage plant clarifiers designed to remove and thicken suspended and flocculated solids from wastewater in one step needs to be repaired.

Consultant Jon Vollnogle, president of Howells & Baird, a Salem engineering firm, said the application, which is due on Nov. 1, could not be submitted on an emergency basis.

Vollnogle said the OPWC deemed the request not to be an emergency and recommended applying through normal process. He said it was deemed not to be an act of God.

If the OPWC approves the grant it would be paid from its capital improvement program fund.

Vollnogle suggested that if money is awarded next July for the broken clarifier, the village should apply for money to replace the second clarifier through the Ohio Water Development Authority.

That way, he explained, if that money is approved, the village would have two clarifiers of “approximately the same age … (but) get the one out of service fixed first.”

Councilwoman Doris Qgle asked about the cost and Vollnogle said it was “estimated at right around $50,000” with construction costs at $44,890 and some other contingencies bringing that up to $51,870.

Vollnogle said there were one of two other items that should be included in the request that would bring the grant up to $60,000.

Mayor Shane Patrone said, “We need to get the grant application in by Nov. 1 … we have to at least get that portion here first.”

Council voted unanimously to pass the resolution as an emergency measure.

Before the meeting, Administrator Fred Fink said preparation on the site for the proposed Dollar General Store started about a week ago.

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