Village discusses water issues

WINTERSVILLE – Village crews might find it easier to resolve water line issues in the coming years.

According to Mayor Bob Gale, council heard a report Thursday on the rural community assistance program regarding a GIS service agreement proposal.

“The proposal would map out water, sewage and water flow issues within the village,” he explained. “The map would show water, sewer and waste water lines along with water tap-ins. It would give our crews an easier way to find issues in the system or when water lines break.”

Gale noted that the project was discussed in the budget for next year.

Council gave authorization for the regional income tax authority to start a subpoena program for those residents who have not paid their RITA taxes.

“There will be subpoenas sent by mail shortly,” Gale said.

In other news, Gale reminded council that the 18th-annual Thunder in the Ville will begin at 6 p.m. June 28 at Treasure Island Flea Market.

“The event will run until 10 p.m. on June 29 and then begin again at noon on June 29,” he said.

Opening ceremonies will be at 5:15 p.m. on June 28 with the national anthem performed by Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham and a speech from Gale.

The band Almost Famous will perform from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 28. On June 29, Easy Street will perform at 6:30 p.m. and Paul Roe with Silver Eagle Band will finish the evening. A number of local dance groups will perform that day as well, Gale noted.

The fifth-annual Street Dreams Rod and Custom Car Show is scheduled during the festival and will begin at 6 p.m. June 29. The cruise will feature street rods, classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and custom cars.

Food vendors for the event will include fare such as hot dogs, sloppy joes, ice cream and steak hoagies, as well as Mexican and oriental foods. Also, train rides will be available for a fee during the festival.

The fireworks show, provided by American Fireworks, will begin at 10 p.m. June 29.

In other business:

Council agreed to pay $2,800 to American Electric Power for wiring at the wastewater treatment plant.

The village’s last spring clean-up day will be Monday. Those with a Friday collection can put their items out for pick-up. No tires or mattresses can be collected.

Gale announced that the Fourth of July parade will be held at 11 a.m. July 4 beginning at Riesbeck’s and traveling to Kroger. Lineup will begin at 9 a.m. For information, contact Marci Zangrando at (740) 424-5419 or

The police reports for May were presented.

Village offices will be closed July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, Gale noted. Thursday’s garbage pick-up will be collected Wednesday.

Media Blood Donor Day will be held Tuesday at St. Florian Hall.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 18 at the municipal building.