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Officials finalize facts before installing water pipes

October 5, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALINEVILLE - The village's public officials want to make sure they have all of the information before finalizing the last paperwork related to the installation of a water pipe project.

Village Council President Rick Beadle explained that when the Buckeye Water District began supplying water to the village, it received a grant in the village's name to construct a water pipe from the Southern Local Bus Garage to the village.

"If we give the last, final payment to the contractor, and the contractor is sued or something happens to the water pipe, I want to make sure the village is not financially responsible," he said.

During this week's meeting, council tabled signing off on the final statement until it could investigate the village's liability.

Mayor Mary Smith said, "We will ensure we get all the facts before the letter is signed," and that she hoped tabling the measure proved the village was being careful before acting.

Beadle said the village does not receive any money from new "tap ins" to the water supply, and that he was concerned finalizing the venture could open the village to costs.

Buckeye Water District Manager Al DeAngelis said under the management agreement signed by the district and the village, the district is responsible for any costs, however, the pipes are owned by the village.

DeAngelis said the project was finished in 2010, and cost $843,064.15. Fifty-one percent of the cost of the project was supplied by the Ohio Public Works Commission while 41 percent was supplied by a comment development block grant.



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