Village paving projects unveiled for 2014

WINTERSVILLE – The 2014 paving projects were announced Thursday during the first Village Council meeting of the year.

Village Administrator Walt Ziemba told council members that four streets are slated to be repaved this year, totaling nearly $165,000.

“McConnell Avenue, Parkview Avenue, Susan Drive and Dana Lynn Drive are on schedule as of right now,” he explained. “We are hoping that we get the grant funding to complete these projects.”

Ziemba also briefed council on the wastewater treatment plant update.

“Phase 1 is moving along slowly currently,” he began. “We have put $2.5 million into the project so far and have about $600,000 more to go. Paving is slated to be completed in the spring for phase one. We are around 85 percent complete.”

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 remote monitoring system.

Council passed a motion Thursday to allow Ziemba to start advertising for bids.

Phase 3 also is under way, Ziemba noted. Manhole inspections will begin Tuesday on the following streets: Fernwood, Day Circle, Parkview, Terrace, McConnell, Karen, Susan, School, Dana Lynn, West Church, Long, Woodridge and Aliceland.

“The company will send workers to get videos of the manholes, up and down the sewer lines,” he explained. “They will then fill out reports, all done online. It looks like they will be working between two and three days a week on these inspections, weather permitting.

“We ask for the residents’ patience while the work on the manholes is being completed,” he said.

In other business:

– A special meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the municipal building to discuss the fire department tax levy renewal.

– Bob Merriman unanimously was voted as council president for 2014.

– The monthly magistrate, police and code enforcement officer report were presented for December along with the 2013 yearly police report.

The village offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There will be no change in sanitation.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the municipal building.