BWD to add Salineville

WELLSVILLE — With its inclusion into the Buckeye Water District, Salineville officials now have an opportunity to decide the makeup of the district’s Board of Trustees.

A resolution was approved unanimously Thursday by BWD trustees which permitted Salineville and its incorporated area to be included within the territory of Buckeye Water District.

According to District Manager Al DeAngelis, Salineville had not become part of the BWD territory prior to Thursday despite the village receiving water service from the district. DeAngelis said as part of Salineville being included in the territory, officials there can decide, along with Wellsville officials, who can be appointed to the district’s Board of Trustees.

“Salineville wasn’t part of the district, but Salineville is now part of the district,” DeAngelis said. “So now since there’s another village, now they will have to go and get together (with Wellsville) to decide who will be the appointees.”

Each of the BWD trustees serve six-year terms, to which appointments to the district board are made every two years.

Salineville Village Council passed a resolution during its Feb. 6 meeting, which requested for the village to be included in the BWD territory, citing that joining the territory would be practical and feasible, and would be productive toward the public health, safety, convenience and welfare of the village. The resolution was signed by Mayor Linda Adams and Fiscal Officer Donna Rudder.

Other municipalities included in the BWD territory are Madison, Yellow Creek, St. Clair, Liverpool, Elkrun, Washington, Salem and Center townships.

Meanwhile, board president Mike Ryan provided a brief update on some of the projects the district will look to undertake this summer, including the Salineville water tank project and the Hibbetts Mill Road project.

Ryan reported bids are currently out for the road and cleanup at the Salineville water tank project and should be received Feb. 28, while other bids for Hibbetts Mill will be coming in line as well. Ryan said once bids are handled and finalized, work should begin by the mid-spring.

“In the next couple, three weeks, we should have all of them ready to bid,” Ryan said. “The road will be bid out, then the tank will be next to be bid out and we want Hibbetts Mill to go out now. It’ll be April before they get there to do it or even closer to May, so you’ll be in some decent weather by then. Everything should go alright instead of last year, where we were worried about the weather on (state Route) 45.”

In other business:

— Trustee/Personnel Committee chairman Tim O’Hara informed the board that the district had accepted applications for a billing clerk in the front office, and six candidates will be interviewed for the position on Tuesday. The interviews will start at 9 a.m., and are expected to continue through 11:30 a.m.

— The board approved the January treasurer’s report, which indicated a net loss of $337,267.64. The breakdown consisted of $298,632.38 in revenue for the month, followed by expenditures of $635,900.02 incurred. Committee Chairman Robert Wines informed the board about a large debt service payment made in January, which the committee discussed during its meeting Wednesday, but still recommended the report be accepted.

— In the District Manager’s Report, DeAngelis stated the BWD distribution crew has replaced 28 commercial meters, which ranged in sizes from 2-to-6 inches, and that the district has started to identify areas of lead piping as requested by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Ohio EPA requests all water systems to identify areas with mapping on potential areas with lead piping. The information is to be submitted to the state office by March 9.

DeAngelis also reported the district was contacted by the supplier on the second raw water pump at the district’s water plant, to which upgrades have been completed on the pump and are expected to be delivered next week.

The Board of Trustees will hold its next regular meeting at 9 a.m. March 16 at Wellsville Village Hall.