Washingtonville picks a plan for Boston St. bridge work

WASHINGTONVILLE – Council moved ahead with a less costly plan to replace the sidewalk, remove the deck and delaminate the Boston St. bridge on Monday.

Howells and Baird President Jon Vollnogle had estimated the cost at $23,498 including engineering.

Council authorized him to apply for Ohio Public Work Commission loans and grants and Vollnogle, before the 5-0 vote, said emergency funds will not apply since the bridge is neither collapsed or closed.

He said the project will give the village a good replacement and wing walls could be added later at a cost of $5,000 to $6,000.

In other business, council will get more information before taking action to reduce amounts of Trihatomethanes (THM) in its water.

Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat referred to a Sept. 18 letter from the Ohio EPA regarding slightly elevated levels that were exceeded for the last quarters readings.

“If we exceed it again it’ll be a true violation,” he said adding the problem was in the water tower and they needed “to get it turned around to one day rather than two or three days.”

Vollnogle had cost estimates based on an electric pump and a solar-powered battery system and felt the OPWC “would fund a project this size.”

He said the deadline for submitting applications was Nov. 1 but the funds, if approved, would not be available until July 1, 2014.

The electric system would place a circulating pump in the bottom of the tower and constantly mix the water at an 800 watt draw.

Councilman Jim Smith said Ohio Edison could provide a cost estimate on that usage.

The second option included a battery system run from solar power with the motor running the water up a tube to the top of the tower and flowing back down the insides.

Vollnogle said the unit would have a life of 25 years but Fiscal Officer Dale Davis asked about the battery life, estimated at seven to eight years, and the replacement cost.

Smith said “those are pricey.”

Vollnogle said, “They’re pretty good-sized batteries … and I would think fairly expensive.”

Smith wondered about snow in the solar panels and Vollnogle said he had not had any complaints regarding snow for the one installation he’s engineered.

Davis asked about noise and Vollnogle was unsure about the electric system but said it wasn’t a problem with the solar system. He didn’t expect the noise from the electric system to be much.

Vollnogle said, “These systems will help bring you close to EPA regulations … you may have to get other equipment if you are slightly over and of course there’s Salem’s end …”

The city of Salem supplies the village with its drinking water.

Vollnogle said Salem gets the water from the reservoir (ground water) and from wells.

“There can be some variation on their side,” he said.

He said either system would take a couple of days to install in response to a question from Smith and explained some of the options associated with that.

He said the problem will probably diminish during the winter months and Gudat acknowledged they would “probably by OK through winter” but Smith wondered about monetary fines.

Gudat said he didn’t think it was that far along but added, “They’ll watch closer … and then there’s a public notice.”

He said he had 90 days to turn a report in to the Ohio EPA.

Councilwoman Laura Trummer suggested going with the first electric pump option, noting the second one was “a little overkill” and Vollnogle said it “would provide everything you need.”

Mayor Will Jones said it wouldn’t hurt to check the cost of solar batteries and council may take action at its Oct. 21 meeting.

In other business, council set trick or treat for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

There will be a Halloween party at the community building during trick or treat. Councilwoman Theresa Allisoin suggested that residents handing out treats should put their porch lights on.