Washingtonville officials hope for report on water tower

WASHINGTONVILLE–Village officials should have a better idea of what work needs completed on the water tower after today, according to one council member.

Councilman Eric Sobek reported Monday night that Howells and Baird civil engineers will be conducting routine maintenance on the tower today and will complete a visual inspection at that time. He said he did not know whether the village will receive a written report from the inspection, but that village officials should know how to proceed after learning the results.

“Hopefully [the inspection] will let us know whether we can resurface the tower or if we need to replace it,” he said.

Already battling a tight budget, council is facing significant costs to address issues with the water tower, which Superintendent of Utilities Brian Gudat has guessed was built in the 1950s. It is showing rust and needs repainted. Council is still waiting on results of an examination of the tank, with the report expected soon.

Village officials have also had discussions with Leetonia officials regarding hooking into the neighboring village’s water line from Salem to help avoid the costs associated with fixing the tank.

In other business, council approved the purchase of four Goodyear Assurance tires for a police cruiser from 344 Tire Services at a cost of $419.36 including mounting, balancing and disposal of the old tires.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Herman Frank praised village employees who quickly removed a large tree that had fallen across High Street and knocked out electricity for several hours. He said the employees’ hard work allowed Ohio Edison to restore power as soon as possible.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 6 at village hall.