WELLSVILLE - The Buckeye Water District Board of Trustees met Friday morning at the water treatment plant, where trustees unanimously approved a formal resolution awarding L.E.B. Contracting, Inc., the contract to carry out work to extend BWD water service to the Shady Run Mobile Home Park on Duke Road.
L.E.B. Contracting of East Palestine was found to have submitted the low bid of $202,441.51 for the project when bids received were opened and reviewed by Buckeye Water trustees and engineers in late July. Work is scheduled to begin Oct. 21.
The owners of the park first made their request in August 2012 when they told BWD trustees that the park had to convert from well water in order to comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations for mobile home parks with 25 or more unit spaces.
Trustees also voted on a request from the Wellsville Touchdown Club to paint Buckeye Water fire hydrants in the Wellsville colors of orange and black. The work would be carried out by volunteers from the Touchdown Club with guidance from BWD maintenance workers. The measure also passed unanimously.
Board members Cal Carney and Gene McGaffick both asked whether the repainting would cover all 144 hydrants throughout the BWD service area or merely those within the village. Board President Mike Ryan assured them that the work would be confined to those hydrants within the village.
Ryan further estimated that the Touchdown Club's focus would be limited to hydrants on Main Street and those in the area surrounding Nicholson Stadium. "When they get to painting, I think they're going to find out that it's not as much fun as they think it is," he added.
After dispensing with those two items, the board recessed before going into executive session to discuss what the agenda referred to as matters of "land acquisition," with no further action taken afterward.
In August, the BWD board voted to return ownership of the old Wellsville Reservoir property to the village. According to village solicitor Andy Beech, Wellsville officials have yet to decide what to do in response. "Since Buckeye took that action, there hasn't been a formal meeting to discuss Buckeye's action and what Wellsville is going to do in response to that," Beech said following Tuesday evening's council meeting.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Wellsville Village Hall.