Water line upgrades in New Waterford could begin next year

NEW WATERFORD – Upgrading water lines throughout the village could begin next year if plans are approved and grant money can be obtained.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Dan Lindsay, an engineer with the W.E. Quicksall and Associates of New Philadelphia, outlined the three-step procedure involved in moving toward new PVC lines in the village, starting with drawing up a facility development plan.

Many of the villages lines, cast iron and clogged with more than 50 years of calcium deposits, are in bad shape and underpin low pressure.

Lindsey said up front it’s not inexpensive but the cost burden can be softened by implementing the new lines in phases.

He explained the facility plan will become a roadmap and prioritize necessities and an idea of the cost involved.

“It gives you a document to apply to different funding sources,” he said, explaining the plan will link future needs, current infrastructure, assess alternatives, line sizes, types of materials and where to run the lines most efficiently.

Two other components, obtaining grants or low-interest loans from the Ohio Public Works Commission, the Ohio Water Development Agency or the Ohio EPA, ,and the construction phase “all come out of the facility plan,” he said.

“Once we’ve detailed a proposal with an estimated cost” then the village can move ahead, he said, adding there are other funding agencies like the United States Department of Agriculture which has a “more cumbersome process.”

Once everything is assembled, loans at each step can be rolled “all together into the construction loan,” he said.

“Right now we’re suggesting completing the planning process this year and be in the construction phase in 2015,” Lindsay said, noting the EPA releases a list of projects it will fund in March.

“This is really a good project,” he said, “because of the age, it’s very old and serves a lot of customers and could qualify for other money.”

Mayor Shane Patrone said, “What we’d like to do it get the first phase started and pass a resolution at the next meeting.

Lindsay said once an resolution is passed an application can be forwarded to the OWDA for its July 20 meeting, but added “there’s no rush” and the village might want to take time to evaluate the project, see the issues and “what you’re up against.”

He added, “We look at technologies that may include directional bores … we’ll evaluate … it’s going to make a difference, pressures go up” and ISO ratings for fire insurance could improve.

Lindsey also noted that water lines were “a fairly simple job,” but the village was spread out over a fairly large area.

No action was taken and Patrone said the big thing is getting the facility plan going and to decide “if we want to do the whole town.”

In other business, council discussed two quotes proposals for new windows for the building the village purchased and wants to convert into a historical display.

No action was taken and it will with obtain information from another window supplier.

Council approved a motion to reimburse the firefighters association $2,000 for the down payment it made for property at 3821 Boardman St. that was purchased at an auction on behalf of the village.

Council will pay the balance of the purchase to the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office when it is due in the amount of $11,606.

Fire Chief Greg Van Pelt addressed council regarding the number of geese in the park after he was approached by a resident about the droppings they leave.

Patrone said the issue was addressed a couple of years ago with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He said there is little they can do and can’t prevent people from feeding them.

Van Pelt noted they have tethered alligators at Salem Hills Golf Course to keep the geese out of its pond.