Road needed before old tank can be razed

WELLSVILLE — Work on the access road that will allow for the demolition of the aging Salineville water tank will begin soon. That was the word this week from Buckeye Water District manager Al DeAngelis.

Allison Contracting of Wellsville previously was selected as the winning bid to handle the access road and the tank’s complete demolition, at a cost of $52,375.

DeAngelis told the Board of Trustees that work could begin this week, weather permitting.

Also related to the tank, DeAngelis stated the district has submitted plans for a permit to install the new 200,000-gallon water tank, which will replace the aging pole-barn-like structure located on state Route 39.

Once BWD receives the permit to install from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), the district will then start the bidding phase for the installation, he said.

The access road and demolition of the tank is the latest development from the district’s plans to replace the water tank, which suffered severe damage in Feb. 2016 when large amounts of snow, rain and ice caused the roof of the tank to collapse. Rather than refurbishing the old tank, the district chose to go with a new one.

Also in his report, DeAngelis announced Software Solutions Inc. has started evaluating the district’s new software billing. A representative with Software Solutions answered questions from office staff on the process, DeAngelis said, adding Software Solutions looks to go live with the new software in November.

In other business, the board approved the March treasurer’s report, which indicated a total net income for the month of $130,518.70.

In a breakdown of finances, the district received revenues totaling $290,771.97 and expenses of $160,253.27. A total of 21,682 gallons per 1,000 customers was produced, with the cost per thousand at $7.39, the revenue per thousand at $13.41 and its profit per thousand of $6.02.

From that revenue, the district collected $289,118.48 through the window from 4,122 payments in the month.

In regard to its expenses, BWD has spent $2.492 million during the first three months of the year and has a remaining budget balance of more than $2.941 million, as of March 31. The district has two loan payments due May 1, totaling $81,489.50. Both loan payments will cover the Main Street waterline extension and the water treatment plant.

The board’s next meeting will be 9 a.m. May 18 inside council chambers at Wellsville Village Hall.