New Waterford OKs funds for water planning, radio repeater

NEW WATERFORD – Council approved a contract with W.E. Quicksall and Associates to prepare a facilities plan for new water lines in the village during Tuesday’s meeting.

There are about 500 customers and five miles of lines in the village and Solicitor Walter Newton said the revisions address all of council’s previous concerns.

Councilwoman Doris Ogle wanted assurance it was not to exceed $25,000 and Newton said everything was covered under basic services.

Ogle wanted to know what “basic services” meant and Mayor Shane Patrone said it included reports, sketches, appropriate exhibits and identifying funding applications.

Councilman George Pirock said, “It looks like everything we asked for is covered in the contract” and Councilman Gary DeMarchis agreed while Councilman Tom Cresanto said, “We want to look down the road to 40, 50, 60 years from now so they don’t have to deal with it.”

Newton said, “I’m satisfied with it” but said he couldn’t pass judgment on what was a fair price.

“I did the best to protect the village.”

Patrone said they went back and forth several times with the company on the contract.

“We got this so it protects us,” he said, “we’re happy with the contract” explaining they wanted to have it in place so the village can apply for grants that have a March 2015 deadline.

Council passed the resolution with a 5-0 vote with Councilman Ken Biddle an excused absence.

In other business, Police Chief Dan Haueter said officers were having difficulty with the portable radios they use when they are out of the cruisers.

“When the guys leave the cruisers, they’re having problems … for several months (now). We bought new ones but that didn’t solve the problem,” Haueter said.

He said there was too much static when they transmitted, noting they receive from the dispatcher fine. The transmissions are made from East Palestine which uses a repeater.

Haueter said the portable radios transmit at five watts and the range is about a mile per watt. The repeater is 5.5 miles from New Waterford.

“In the past few months it’s just gotten worse,” he said and noted it’s a safety issue since dispatchers are responsible for communication with officers sent on calls. He said East Palestine police have been sent to the village to check on its officers.

Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle said even on the scanner it’s difficult to hear village officers.

“I can hear East Palestine, but not them,” Slagle said.

Haueter priced a repeater at $10,000 along with the mandatory FCC license. The price included installation and Patrone said, “It will wind up being an antenna on top of the water tower.

DeMarchis said, “Let’s just do this. We have the money, let’s do it” and council voted 5-0 to move ahead with the purchase.

Also, council approved a motion to have Howells and Baird Engineering to advertise for bids for a second clarifier which Patrone said will be opened at 11 a.m. on Aug. 29.

Council also passed a resolution to adopt the updated Columbiana County Multi-jurisdictional all hazard mitigation plan that was originated in 2012.

Patrone said it works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on chemical spills and is a plan for the entire county.