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New Waterford ready to end water operation pact

December 12, 2012
By KEVIN HOWELL , Salem News

NEW WATERFORD- The village could be ending its contract with the Michigan-based company currently operating its water and sewer plant.

Council Tuesday night unanimously agreed to notify Fleis and Vanderbrink (F&V) in writing that the village will exercise its option of voiding the remaining contract between the two parties effective in 90 days. The current contract had been signed in June after the company absorbed the prior contract from United Water in November 2011.

According to Mayor Shane Patrone, the village has been experiencing several quality issues since the company took over operation of the plant and cannot afford to continue with the current state of affairs.

"The village is better served for our fiscal layout to go in another direction," he said.

Patrone said after the meeting that there is a possibility that the issues can still be resolved without voiding the contract. If the contract is voided, the village will be responsible for approximately $2,000 to $3,000 in discounts provided by the company for its services. The village will also have to hire licensed operators for the plant which the company provides, but village administrators said that will not be a problem.

Land purchase to be finalized: Council authorized Patrone to finalize the purchase of three parcels of land at 46765 N. State St. at the corner of West Main Street that council previously approved for $65,000. Patrone said that the land will be used as part of a beautification movement and will include a small park with gazebo and parking spaces for downtown events.

NatureWorks grant: Councilwoman Doris Ogle reported that the village has been conditionally approved for a $3,100 NatureWorks grant for electrical work to provide lighting at a pavilion built last year next to the baseball fields at the Methodist church. The village had applied for $3,500.

New council members: Prior to Tuesday's meeting Patrone swore in new councilman Ken Biddle, who has been a village resident the past year and half after moving from the Toronto, Ohio, area where he served in the community. He fills the seat left vacant by Larry Leister and joins Gary DeMarchis, a local businessman who took office last month in place of Christina Bodnar. Leister and Bodnar both moved outside the village.

"I'm very happy with the additions we've made (to council) and I'm hoping to accomplish a lot," Patrone said.

DeMarchis will replace Leister on the Finance Committee and both he and Biddle will serve on the Volunteer Fire Fighter's Dependants Fund Board.

There will be no Finance Committee meeting this month.

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