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Resident asks about installing new fire hydrant

CHESTER, W.Va. –The water board discussed fire hydrants at Wednesday’s meeting.

A resident attended to ask the board to look into installing a fire hydrant on Lytton Street. He made the request because he noted how far away the hydrant at Third Street and Virginia Avenue is after the Jan. 4 fire on Third Street.

The board said they will ask Fire Chief John Hissam if that is an appropriate location for a hydrant. Committee member and city Street Department Supervisor Steve Shuman, also said he will do a survey to make sure there is a waterline that could support a hydrant in the area.

The board also acknowledged the hydrant at Third and Virginia is one of the older hydrants in the city and needs replaced.

Mayor Ken Morris, said they have four new hydrants, and three of them have been spoken for. He said they will look into buying an additional hydrant. A new hydrant and installation costs about $6,000. To install the new hydrants the water will need to be shut off and the board discussed ways to complete the shut-off with minimal inconvenience to residents. The installations will also have to wait until after winter. No decisions were made, but the board will continue looking into replacing and installing hydrants.

In other business, the board:

— Approved bills totaling $92,188 and remittance of $79,887.

— Went into executive session to discuss matters of litigation, with no action taken.

— Requested a water department rules and policy sheet.

— Approved a weeks vacation for a water department employee.

— Voted to extend the deadline for bids to tear down the First Street pump house and remove the pumps until 4 p.m. on Feb. 12.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Feb. 12.

jriedel@reviewonline.com

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