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Work on EP treatment plant project continues at solid pace

EAST PALESTINE — Over the past few months, village manager Mark McTrustry has continued to update council on the progress of the $7.138 million equalization basin project for the wastewater plant. It was more of the same at this week’s village council meeting, as the project continues to progress at an impressive pace.

Out of 21 total squares that make up the base of the tank, a total of eight squares were to be poured in by the end of the week. The first four squares were poured a week ago. The concrete pour process has been very successful thus far, according to McTrustry.

“Things are in a really good place right and are moving along at a very satisfying pace,” McTrustry said.

The crew also received two deliveries of reinforcing steel this week, which will allow them to continue on the southern half of the tank as well as start to erect the walls to prepare for concrete pours. In the past month alone, the progress has been significant.

In other news, the final walk-through for the Safe Routes to School Phase II project was performed on Nov. 13, and the final punch list has two items. Right now, the crosswalk system requires the button to be pushed to trigger the signal to walk, and it may take up to two full light cycles to show “walk.” MS Consultant and EDG, the inspecting engineers, are working on having the signal show without requiring a button press to avoid confusion.

Second, the seeding along the sidewalks will be addressed. Since the seeding was done in November, McTrustry said a lot of that won’t take root over the winter. Faust Construction will be coming back before the end of April to finalize the reseeding.

Council also discussed the telephone poles downtown, which are in need of upgrades. After councilman Mark Walker asked if replacing the poles was in the budget, McTrustry shared how expensive each individual pole would be.

“Those poles are pretty expensive individually,” McTrustry said. “We wouldn’t be able to just tear them all out and replace them in one go. It would have to be one at a time.”

McTrustry said that he believes each pole is about $8,000. Council estimated that the total number of poles needing replaced is at least 30. While McTrustry said he would look for a grant for the project, he doesn’t recall seeing anything related to fixing light poles.

Council then discussed the measures they would be able to take in order to at least preserve the poles as they exist. Councilman Alan Cohen said it starts at the base of the poles.

“A lot of the problems occur at the base of the poles,” Cohen said. “It is damaged by the salt in the snow that is banked up around the poles. I’m wondering if we can find a way control or take better care of that.”

Councilman Doug Simpson said that by replacing the current lights with LED lights, they would be able to utilize less poles while emitting just as much light. McTrustry said he would inquire about possible solutions to the problem and present them to council at the next meeting, which takes place at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

slendak@mojonews.com

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