WELLSVILLE - The Buckeye Water District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a measure to return ownership of the district's former water treatment plant to the Village of Wellsville during their regular monthly meeting Thursday morning in village council chambers.
Trustee Cal Carney moved for the district to turn over the disused property of the original water treatment plant, constructed in 1934, which has been dormant since the completion of a new facility on State Route 45 in 2009.
District manager Al DeAngelis explained that, under an agreement between BWD and Wellsville, ownership of the property on 10th Street Extension would revert back to the village once the district was no longer utilizing it for water treatment purposes. DeAngelis estimated the total size of the property, including the now-disused reservoir, at approximately 60 acres.
"I thought that we were doing that and [BWD attorney Fred Emmerling] was working on that six months ago," said trustee Gene McGaffick. DeAngelis replied that even though the process was begun last year, village officials had requested that BWD bring it before the board of trustees in order to formalize the transfer.
The Review attempted to contact village Mayor Susan Haugh for comment, but was unsuccessful.
In his report to trustees, DeAngelis stated that a water line check valve had failed on Y&O Road at County Airport Road in Wellsville on Oct. 14. A significant water loss, rated at 1,200 gallons per minute, was detected by the district's new GIS telemetry system, alerting district officials to the problem. The replacement of the unit took five hours, and service was not interrupted.
According to DeAngelis, corrosion caused the deterioration of bolts holding a check valve together in a section of water line, resulting in the valve assembly coming apart. "It has to do with the acidity in the ground and things like that," DeAngelis said. "It's not uncommon."
Prompted by the discussion of the valve failure, trustee Gene McGaffick asked about the progress of the GIS system installation. "We still have some areas that we still need to cover," DeAngelis said. According to office manager Gregg Stanley, all of Wellsville and Salineville is now covered by the system, but installation work continues elsewhere within the district. Stanley explained that the sprawling size of the district, combined with the intricacies of the work, have made it a long-term job. Also, a technician from Youngstown is needed to complete each section of the project, making progress dependent on when that person is available to come to the area.
Stanley stated that a pair of the new computers recently purchased are being installed at the district offices on Clark Avenue. One of the two machines is not yet running because special programming related to customer billing must be transferred. The delay was undertaken to prevent any interruption of last month's billing cycle, DeAngelis said. "In case there are any glitches, it's not going to have anything to do with billing," he said, adding that final installation should be complete by Dec. 1.
The trustees' next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Wellsville Village Hall.