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Washingtonville hires engineer for sewer line fix

WASHINGTONVILLE — Village council has selected an engineer to plan a sewer line replacement project on the south side of the village.

Council Monday night approved a contract with Howells and Baird civil engineers to handle the replacement of a sewer line along the west side of South County Road at a cost of $4,875. The cost includes the design for removal and replacement of the sidewalk and sewer line pipe as well as development of specifications for the project to bid out.

Mayor Herman Frank noted hiring Howells and Baird ensures the project will be completed correctly. If council hired a contractor on its own, the village would not necessarily be able to ensure the project meets all the Environmental Protection Agency and state requirements, he noted.

Council last month authorized Superintendent of Utilities Brian Gudat to seek a contract with Howells and Baird to plan the project to remove the sidewalk and replace more than 360 feet of pipe. Howells and Baird will design the project and find a contractor to complete it. 

Gudat reported last month he believes the sidewalk will need removed and the pipe dug up and replaced from 845 S. County Road to the creek and maybe farther after an evaluation of the pipe revealed the bottom of the majority of the pipe is rotted out. The problem became evident after a sink hole opened up a couple months ago.

In response to a question from council regarding the budget for such a project, Frank said council has no choice but fix the pipe since it is caving in.

In other business, council agreed to pay Gudat for 80 hours of unused vacation in 2019. The village’s ordinance regarding employee compensation requires employees use the vacation time or lose it, but council approved the buyout since one of the utility department employees was deployed in the military, preventing Gudat from taking his vacation.

Council also approved an ordinance authorizing the participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s bridge inspection program for three years. Fiscal Officer said participation in the program provides bridge inspections at no cost to the village. The only bridge in the village is on the village’s property.

Additionally, council accepted the resignation of police officer Richard Kennedy.

The water rate recommendation part of the water asset management plan provided by the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) scheduled for Monday’s meeting was postponed for further evaluation until after the first of the year.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at village hall.

khowell@salemnews.net

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