Two major BWD projects completed

WELLSVILLE — Two of the Buckeye Water District’s major projects are now finished with just a couple additional matters left to be handled, according to district officials.

During Thursday’s BWD Board of Trustees meeting, district manager Al DeAngelis stated in his report that the Salineville Water Tank project and the Hibbetts Mill water line extension project in Wellsville have been completed following work over the past couple years between both projects.

In regard to the Salineville tank, which replaced the old tank after its roof collapsed in February 2016 due to the large buildup of ice, rain and snow from winter storms, DeAngelis stated that fencing was placed around the tank, and that the district will be working with Micro Comm to handle the telemetry for a future date.

“I know Todd (Brown, superintendent) had talked to Micro Comm,” DeAngelis said. “They’re going to give him a date where they can boot it up and it’s ready to go.”

Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems of Washington Court House handled the construction of the tank, while Mike Pusateri Excavating Inc. of East Liverpool took care of site improvements. Allison Contracting LLC of Wellsville also provided the access road for the project.

Meanwhile, regarding the Hibbetts Mill project, the final paving and seeding work has been completed, and the district will begin the process of handling the final pay requests, which was discussed during an Engineering Committee on Wednesday.

“We’re waiting on mailing out letters for that pay request,” committee chairman Roy Dray said.

Xpress Construction, Inc. of Petersburg handled the construction of the project, which was to be completed by February, but was not finished until recently.

On Wednesday, the Engineering Committee met with John Blair, an engineer with Dallis Dawson and Associates, to discuss the payouts, to which the district has made nine payments, and will have two more made over the next few weeks.

Also in DeAngelis’ report, the district has implemented its iCloud Invoice, in which district customers will be able to go online, view their accounts and make payments. The iCloud Invoice also has abilities of text and e-mail notifications regarding bills, along with pay by phone or text.

In other business:

— Trustees approved a resolution which provides for an hourly wage increase for distribution mechanic employees who obtain and keep a current CDL A or CDL B driver’s license. The motion, recommended by the Personnel Committee following a meeting Wednesday, will give mechanics of either license a 50 cent per hour raise. It also requires that the mechanics will be responsible for any costs in retaining their CDLs. The new pay raise will take effect Sept. 1.

Committee chairman Tim O’Hara said that two employees have just received their CDLs, while two others are expected to be tested next week.

— Trustees approved the July Treasurer’s Report, which indicated total revenues of $305,201.09–$289,568.89 in the general account and $15,632.20 in the construction fund–and expenses of $517,262.40 ($511,117.20 for the general fund and $6,145.20 for the construction fund). The report was recommended by the Finance Committee, who reviewed the report Wednesday.

— During public comment, a Salineville resident addressed the board regarding a discrepancy in a recent water bill. The woman stated that she had not lived in a particular home since August 2017 and had the water shut off then, but then received a bill for $523. She also said that another back in June amounted to $325. She said that since April, someone had turned the water on and off illegally. She stated she had no problem with paying the final bill–which she said she would have to do in payments due to a limited income–but stated that she had not lived in the house in April when the water was being used. She had also received a $406 sewer bill from the village on account of their water being used.

Board president Mike Ryan suggested a meeting with the Service/Property Appraisal Committee, to which committee chairman George Kosko will schedule that meeting with the woman and the committee within the next couple weeks.

The next regular meeting will be 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Wellsville Village Hall.