$10K needed to replace waterline

LISBON — It will cost about $10,000 to replace the leaking waterline that serves the extreme southern end of town.

That was the figure from Gary Dailey Excavating, which was asked to provide an estimate by the village Board of Affairs to not only repair the line but to also possibly relocate it, if that is the best option.

The waterline runs parallel directly under the South Market Street bridge, which spans the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek, and supplies water to the Jordanville area. Dailey’s estimate would have the new line run under the creek, prompting BPA member Bill Hoover to say he was opposed to boring under the creek.

Senior water plant operator Chris Peterson is investigating having a special clamp made that would serve as a temporary fix and buy them time until they are able to save enough money to pay for the repair. He was told to investigate the issue further and get back to the BPA.

In other action:

— The BPA agreed to hire Jason Hartman as the new full-time water meter reader, filling a position vacated following the resignation of Donald Scott Boyd. Boyd was a part-time employee, but the BPA is making it a full-time position in the hope it will eliminate the need to hire a second part-time meter reader.

— The BPA decided how much to pay retired senior plant operator Mike Ours to serve as backup for Peterson — $35 an hour. The BPA voted at its previous meeting to contract with Ours on an as-needed basis to fill in for Peterson when he is on vacation or out of town, but they did not establish his compensation. When Peterson is absent, Ours is to work 20 hours over five days per week to satisfy Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

— Peterson reported it will cost an estimated $10,000 to extend water and sewer service to state Route 517 resident Richard Miller, who is building a new home on his property.

— Council member Peter Wilson attended the meeting, and he said village resident Fred Brickner asked him if the BPA would ever resume selling bulk water to haulers such as Brickner. BPA President Carol Petrachkoff said the practice was discontinued because they were not selling much water and it was not worth the hassle of complying with the additional regulations.