Traffic concerns aired in village

WINTERSVILLE – Backed up traffic on a few streets caused some concern throughout the village during the last several months.

“We have had some traffic issues on Stardust and Fernwood roads recently,” Village Administrator Walt Ziemba told council members Thursday night.

“I met with (police) Chief Ed Laman to discuss it, and he then spoke with someone from the Pathmaster company. They informed him that the majority of the problem was caused by the dirty lens on the cameras at the traffic lights. Therefore, if a dark car pulls up to the intersection, the camera may have thought it was just asphalt hindering the light from changing.”

Ziemba noted the village is in the process of getting the lens cleaned as well making sure the equipment is checked at least once a year.

He then updated council on the progress of the waste water treatment plant project.

“I met with W.E. Quicksall yesterday for our monthly meeting and we discussed the plans for the upcoming month,” he explained. “We will be starting on the UV and grit system, the belt press and the controllers so that we can do the remote reading inside the lab throughout the next month. The clarifiers will be removed near the end of the month.”

Ziemba noted the project is moving along and no weather issues have occurred to date.

Phase 1 of the project will include headwords, new screening, grit and grease removal; new grit classifier building; new influent and effluent flow monitoring; new aerobic digester tank; new scum pump station; replace aeration diffusers; new belt filter press; rehab clarifiers; geodesic dome clarifier covers; UV disinfection system; update electrical system; add two new blowers; raise flow EQ tank wall; and asphalt resurfacing.

Phase 2 of the project will focus on updating the lift stations with computer capability lines and a remote monitoring system.

“Regarding the five lift stations that will be updated in Phase 2, the plans will be ready to be submitted to the EPA here in the next week or so,” he said. “We did get the geo-tech report on the Crawford lift station and that will be incorporated into the final design. So that portion of the project is moving ahead. We are also looking to go to bid in November or early December.”

In other matters:

Ziemba noted the village will try to find funding for three village streets to be paved next year. Those streets are Gumps Lane, McConnell Etal and Luray Drive.

Council approved $300 requested by Ziemba for the village’s annual safety meeting cookout.

Ziemba noted paving on Tera Manor is completed.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Municipal Building.