Barnesville council discusses water, wastewater projects in village

Special to the Enterprise

Barnesville Village Council met April 12, and heard reports on the water and wastewater projects in the village.

Village Administrator Roger Deal said the GIS Mapping kicked off on April 7 with RCAP.

He said engineer Morgan Cost of Vaughn, Coast and Vaughn Engineering is putting together an agreement in regards to the Westview Drive Lift Station. It turns out they designed the Cole Street lift station, which is their favorite one, so they want to replicate this one at Westview Drive.

Deal also said councilman Tony Johnson found a community that has the valve exercise trailer and offered him a demonstration on the machine. Johnson said he took a trip and Chad Warfield didn’t have the exact machine but a machine like it would work. Johnson recommended that if he buys it then the village can use it. Deal thanked Johnson for taking the extra effort in researching this.

Deal updated council on where they are with the wastewater treatment plant upgrades. He said supervisor Doug Frye discussed with the engineers and the design is 100 percent complete. Deal asked council if they wanted a meeting with the engineer to review the final plans and if they want to submit the plans to the Ohio EPA for review and Permit to Install (PIT) to truly make the village “shovel ready”? The review and permit fee is $15,100. Council agreed to it.

In other business, Deal said the cemetery crew has started mowing. Currently, they have a crew of four workers with the rest of the applicants being school-aged kids and can’t start until the end of May. He said rainy days are also complicating things.

Mayor Dale Bunting gave his monthly Mayor’s Court report for March. He said the state received $847.50, Belmont County received $34.50 and the village received $1,734 for a total of $2,616.

Mayor Bunting expressed his appreciation to Congressman Bill Johnson and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Section 594 Program for the funding with the Slope Creek Waterline Project in the amount of $1,075,000.

In other business, Village Administrator Deal said the Airport Runway Rehabilitation Project is to begin. He said it’s not a village project but it’s important to the community. The project will replace the current runway and install a new access road. It is a $2.5 million project being 100 percent funding by the American Rescue Plan Act.

After an approximate 20-minute executive session, council asked Village Solicitor Adam Myser to look into dissolving the Depot Steering Committee and report back to council at the next regularly scheduled council meeting on April 26.