Village investigating stolen water

LISBON — Village officials have turned to the local police department after learning someone was stealing a bulk amount of water from the water plant on state Route 164 on at least three separate occasions.

Board of Public Affairs members discussed the matter briefly during a meeting on Tuesday, with member Carol Petrachkoff saying that someone was pulling in and filling tanks from the filling station at the plant without an account.

“They did not set up any type of account with the village so we turned it over to the police department,” Petrachkoff said, adding that the village doesn’t know exactly how much water was taken.

The village sells bulk water during regular hours but users must first register, with a separate meter measuring how many gallons were taken. In this particular instance, the bulk hauler identified the company to a village employee but never registered with the water department or provided any other details as to its identity. The unaccounted for water was minor — only 9,400 gallons — and cost the village $130.

The board is waiting to hear back from police Chief Mike Abraham on the investigation.

In other business, the board is reaching out to Elkrun Township officials about replacing a portion of a 2-inch water line in the Pleasant Heights area since the existing line is aging.

“It would behoove us all, the township and us, to just go in there and replace a certain line up there,” Petrachkoff said.

The board then approved:

— A motion to buy a hydrant wrench not to exceed $400.

— A motion to repair four interior emergency exit spotlights for the water treatment plant from Morrow Electric at a cost not to exceed $951.

— A motion to pay all expenses for laborer Chris Peterson to take the Water I Operator test.

Staff Writer Tom Giambroni contributed to this story