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Line on way, Crestview hoping water pumps hold up

NEW WATERFORD — Recent repairs to the well pumps at Crestview Schools have given them some new life and the hope they will remain operable even after the new waterline reaches the school property and the new building is done.

Maintenance supervisor Jay Radman said both wells are now working after McKay and Gould Drilling replaced one pump and put a new check valve into the other pump. Shortly after the repair was made there was a waterline break that drained 25,000 gallons from the school’s water tank. However, the new pumps were able to replenish the water after the repair was made.

Radman said prior to the repairs the school was having to have 5,500 gallons a day hauled in, but now both wells are working, pumping 28 gallons a minute.

Superintendent Matthew Manley noted that is still half of what wells should be producing and he hopes once the students return today it will still be able to keep up. The waterline is currently on the way up the hill from New Waterford.

Radman said he has been working with the site coordinator who is involved with the new building planning. One of the things they are looking at is where to put the new line so the new building can hook in easily when the time comes. After that, Radman said he hopes the wells will continue working and can still be used for watering fields and other similar uses where you do not want chlorinated water.

Although it is still not known how soon the new building project money will be released, Manley reported to the board the school project will be “shovel ready” when the money comes. Working with state Sen. Michael Rulli and state Rep. Tim Ginter has been a blessing and when the money is released, Crestview is in line to receive it.

At this point though it is unclear when the school district can begin clearing ground, but Manley said like the waterline project, the building of the school will help create jobs as the area recovers from the pandemic.

In other matters at the recent board meeting:

–The board approved additional payments to Holabird and Root LLC, the architects for the building project for two payments of $1,250 and two payments of $6,770.

— The board added 40 people to the approved substitute lists for this school year.

–The board celebrated the students of the month — Caleb Hughes, 9th grade; Meredith hart, 10th grade; Ryan Emch, 11th grade; and Braden Urmson, 12th grade.

— The next meeting is scheduled to be live-streamed at 7 p.m. Feb. 10.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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