Water, sewage issues focus in Mingo

MINGO JUNCTION – Water and sewage issues were discussed during Tuesday’s Village Council meeting.

Steve Maguschak, village administrator, told council members the village water treatment plant is in need of updates, including the addition of equipment needed to keep the plant operating.

“The lime (silo) is on its last legs,” said Maguschak, adding one of the mixing silos already is non-operational. “They distribute the lime into the water. (Water plant workers) have been babying these things for years.”

Maguschak said the cost for a new unit would be $29,900, and the water department employees would have to install the unit to save costs.

John Angelica, village clerk, said the funds would come from the capital improvement money earmarked for water plant improvements.

Also, Maguschak said the village needed to find a way to reduce billing fees for village water customers who pay their bills with debit cards.

“We need to take some action on debit cards for water bills,” he said.

Councilman Mike Herrick said last month the village’s debit card fee amounted to $564. Council discussed the possibility of establishing other ways for village water customers to pay or possibly charge a fee to customers who pay with debit cards.

Maguschak also said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had given the village the green light for its project to separate its wastewater and storm water systems on Lincoln Avenue.

“(It’s an EPA) finding that allows us to continue the project on Lincoln Avenue,” he said, adding the Lincoln Avenue aspect of the village project was costing about $39,000.

In other matters:

Maguschak, who also is village police chief, said the department was “closing in” on suspects as part of its investigation into recent vandalism and possible arson in the village.

“I really appreciate the time (the police department) has put into this,” said Councilman Jim Morrocco, adding the vandalism was extensive.

Mayor John Fabian thanked voters for passage of the village’s garbage levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. He also commended village Fire Chief John Wright and other volunteers for going door-to-door with information on why the levy was needed.

Herrick was chosen as council president for the remainder of the year.

It was announced there would be a finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in council chambers.