Wintersville water line continuing to cause problems

WINTERSVILLE — Mayor Bob Gale offered thanks to area residents for their cooperation during Wednesday’s water break.

“I want to thank the residents and businesses for their understanding,” he said during Thursday night’s Village Council meeting.

Gale said the break occurred during a routine hydrant replacement on Main Street in front of the former Riesbeck’s grocery store Wednesday.

“They were removing a non-functioning hydrant when the valve broke and it started shooting water 10 feet in the air,” he said.

The water department was forced to turn off the line to stop the water, but according to Gale, that led to a chain reaction that caused further breaks on an old line belonging to Jefferson County that runs behind the store. Gale said the breaks to the county line occurred about two hours after the water was turned off.

Gale stated there have been numerous problems with that line recently.

“There were other issues and factors that occurred,” he said. “We alerted the county. People were aware but (were dealing) with old infrastructure. Our department worked closely with the county water department and we look forward to a good relationship with them in the future.”

Gale said the village is looking into a way to add a text and e-mail notification system for residents in the future when things like this happen. He said not everyone reads the newspaper or watches television. The village wants to try and reach as many people as possible.

Gale also said he had spoken to American Legion Post 557 Commander Holly Lewis about last Friday’s fire at the building.

He said Lewis thanked him for the response of the fire and police departments that night of the fire. Gale said the post will most likely be closed for four to six months for repairs, but other organizations have reached out to the post to offer space for meetings.

“Thankfully, none of the historical items were damaged in the fire and no people,” he said.

The village will be holding its 13th-annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. on April 14 for children aged 2 to 10 years old. The event will be held at the Fort Steuben Burial Estates. The cemetery will provide all the eggs and candy for the children, but anyone wanting to make a donation toward additional gifts or prizes can contact the Fort Steuben Burial Estates at (740) 266-6101.

The Winter Drive-In announced it will open its season on May 11 with a cult classic horror show.