SVRTA Wintersville line will be up to voters

WINTERSVILLE – The fate of Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority busing in the village lies in the hands of its residents.

Council announced Thursday night that two public meetings are planned to discuss SVRTA services to the village.

“We will have a public meeting today at 6 p.m. at Meridian Green,” Mayor Bob Gale noted. “Another meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 3 at the Municipal Building. After these meetings are held, a resolution will come before council to join SVRTA. In the fall there will be a levy issue to determine if residents would approve an agreement with SVRTA.”

All residents are welcome to attend either meeting, Gale said.

In other matters, Village Administrator Walt Ziemba told council members Phase I of the waste water treatment plant update will be completed on June 1.

Phase 1 of the project included 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.

He also noted Phase II of the project, which will include upgrades to five of the larger lift stations and 85 manholes, will be advertised for bid on Tuesday and April 1.

“A pre-bid meeting will be held April 8 at 9 a.m. at the village offices,” he stated. “The bids will open at 10 a.m. on April 22.”

Council then passed an Ohio Department of Transportation salt participation agreement.

“This ordinance allows us to go through the state pricing to get a sale for the 2014-15 winter season,” Gale explained. “We are going to put a bid in for 2,000 tons of salt this year. Typically we bid for 1,500 but since this winter was so hard, our surplus is low.”

Gale also asked residents to support Senate Joint Resolution 6 on the May 6 ballot.

“This resolution authorizes funding for the Ohio Public Works Commission,” he stated. “We have received over $5 million in the last 10 years from OPWC grants, including paving and street renovations. We hope to see the residents support this issue so that we can continue to receive grant funding in the future.”

In other business:

– Gale noted vandals caused $5,000 worth of damage at the Sunset Gardens lift station. “We are turning this into the insurance company to get repaired, and the police are investigating,” he said. “These are very dangerous areas with high levels of electricity. Someone could get electrocuted or significantly hurt by messing with these.”

– The monthly magistrate report was presented for February.

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