New Waterford going with the flow
NEW WATERFORD — While work is being completed on the water towers, a few village residents may have experienced brown water, but Mayor Shane Patrone said the situation quickly went away when they let the water run.
The water towers are being repaired with one being painted and a line running from one of the towers is being replaced.
It’s only one of several projects currently ongoing in New Waterford, which will soon open a sixth water well. Patrone said the new water well should provide the village with the capacity of three to three and a half times the amount of water the village actually requires. The capacity is allowing for the project in conjunction with Crestview Local Schools, which is expected to connect with the village water system to alleviate some of the problems they are experiencing with water capacity at the school.
Patrone said he expects to be meeting with school officials next month to discuss the project further, now that the school levy has passed. Additionally, they have been notified there will be 50 percent forgiveness on the project now that the levy has passed and the village has received 50 percent forgiveness on a waterline project, phase 3A, through the Appalachian Regional Commission. By combining the amount of the forgiveness with grant money, it is hoped the village will only have to finance about 20 percent of the project.
The phase 2 project will start in July this year, including Boardman Street, Silliman Street, East Main Street to the water tower, Front Street, Crestview Road to the edge of town and Creek Road. The phase 3A project will cost about $1.26 million and include the areas of Sycamore, Allendale and Dogwood Circle. Phase 3A is preliminarily planned for 2020 with a phase 3B possibly in 2021, which will finish up waterline projects for the village.
The village also recently obtained another dilapidated home, this time across Bull Run Creek from the current village hall and on the opposite side of State Street from where they plan to build a new village facility, which will include a fire hall, police station and village offices. Patrone said the plan is to tear down this home, which is in bad condition and create parking for village facilities and firefighters responding to the fire station.
Village Administrator Jason Gorby said he believes it will cost about $6,000 to tear down the home and fill in the foundation. While council questioned about whether the project could be completed through the county land bank program, Patrone noted it would take additional time to get done through the land bank.
In other matters:
— Council passed the annual resolutions to exclude the approval of Salem, the county’s biggest city from the decision making process for Local Government Funding.
— Council passed the annual tax rate budget, which shows the village’s three levies generate $51,000 for current expenses and $40,200 for the fire department, along with the annual inside millage of $30,700.
— Approval was granted for Austin McIntosh, who lives right near the edge of the village, to join the fire department, both as a part-time firefighter and EMS.
— The village will also have a Youngstown State University student, who is studying engineering environmental services, helping at the plants this summer.