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Salineville plans to conduct smoke tests on sewer lines

SALINEVILLE — Smoke will not necessarily mean fire when the village has smoke tests conducted on the sewer lines from Tuesday through Thursday.

Chad Bettis of the board of public affairs told council at its recent meeting that residents should be aware liquid smoke will be going through the sewer lines. However, the smoke should not enter the homes unless there is a faulty drain trap or plumbing system defect.

If smoke does enter the home, the homeowner should assume there are also dangerous sewer gases entering the home or business. Open windows, evacuate and notify the work crew. If someone comes home and finds the house full of smoke call 679-0289 to let them know.

According to the notice, posted on Facebook and sent in the the most recent sewer bills homeowners should slowly pour a gallon of water into each floor drain and other seldom used drains prior to the testing date.

Bettis said the fire department will be on hand to help clear any homes of smoke and notes the smoke is not dangerous.

Bettis also asked council to consider an extra late fee for those few residents who have well water in the village. Because they do not get water from Buckeye Water, those residents are charged the minimum, currently $28.75 for village sewer. However, they also cannot have their water turned off and Bettis said it is extra work when that payment is late. The current late payment is $50.

However, both Mayor Linda Adams and Village Solicitor Andy Beech said they felt there could be a problem with having two late fee rates for village customers. Council did not address it further.

Finally, Bettis said due to a computer glitch, some of the bills recently sent have faulty due date of Dec. 5, but the bills are still due on Nov. 5.

In other matters:

— Council continues to look at options for spending CARES Act money, currently looking at laptops or tablets so meetings can be held remotely should there be additional shut downs due to COVID-19. Additionally, they have considered getting tablet devices for the firetrucks, which would give them a bigger screen than using a phone to look up things when responding to an emergency.

— Council approved two resignations from the police department and approved a new K-9 for the village. K-9 Frankie, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, was recently certified in narcotics detection, with his handler Eric Smith.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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