Washingtonville council plans to chip, seal six streets this summer

WASHINGTONVILLE – Council expects to chip and seal six streets and alleys this summer, Streets Committee Chairman Al Vignon said Monday.

He will meet with the Columbiana County engineer next week regarding the program.

There is a total of about 2,600 feet of streets on the list, Vignon said noting Walnut to to Smith Street, South Street to School streets, Wilson Street, Wine Street, Vignon Street and Peach Street are included.

This year’s program will cost almost $5,000, he said, “a little cheaper than last year.”

Vignon said, “These are the worst.”

But the big discussion was on the condition of Washingtonville Road in Green Township and Mahoning County as it enters the village from the north.

Councilwoman Becky Vignon asked, “It’s not our problem, but can we do anything?”

Mayor Will Jones said pretty soon vehicles will be running on mud and Councilman Herman Frank said the paving on the next intersection at state Route 14 extended to the edge of the cemetery road.

Frank said he “cried poor” to the Mahoning County engineer’s office and “told them that’s a well-traveled road, but they didn’t seem to believe me.”

Jones said, “Let me get a hold of a Green Township trustee. Al (Vignon) and I will take care of that and talk to one of the trustees.”

In other business, Daniel Lindsay, P.E., vice president of the municipal department at W.E. Quicksall and Associates, addressed council about fixing the low water pressure on the east side of the village.

The village buys its water for Salem and Lindsay said there is a pressure reducing valve on the west end of town where the water enters the village at about 100 lbs. of pressure.

In response to Frank’s concern about elevated pressure breaking lines at individual residences, Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat said water lines in some sections of village show 75- to 80-lbs. of pressure.

Lindsay said that was a concern and a reason why officials should “look at the whole system … will that extra 20 lbs. hurt? … in some areas of town it might.”

Lindsay said they could raise the water tower, install a booster pump or even use a stand-pipe tank in trying to get the pressure up.

Jones said, “My concern is watching our spending. Our water bills are high enough … I won’t raise the water bills.”

The minimum bill for both water and sewer is $45.75 a month.

Jones said the village had a lot of people on fixed income.

“I want to be aware of what we spend,” he said and Lindsay suggested a study with a cost of “no more than $5,000 … maybe less” if Gudat could provide historical data on pressures around town.

“I can put together a proposal,” Lindsay said and Jones said council will get back to him on that.

Council took action to purchase an Eclipse 9700 auto water flusher that attaches to fire hydrants as partial action toward fixing its elevated trihalomethanes (TTHM) levels that exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL).

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued a violation letter in January but with city buying its water from Salem, and that city having the same problem, Gudat said there’s little he can do until Salem sorts out its problem.

The EPA said the compliance standard MCL is 0.080 MG/L and the villages’ annual average during the fourth quarter was 0.085 MG/L.

The village purchased one auto-flusher for $1,934 and Gudat had suggested a backup, but council decided to purchase one for now.

Gudat will also look at getting a better deal on two, 1 HP submersible dewatering pumps on what he described as “an aging system.”

Jones said with the weather breaking his commitment to cleaning up the village is renewed.

“I just wanted everyone to know the village will be cleaned up this year,” he said.