Gas line work will affect Wintersville residents

ROAD WORK QUESTIONED — Charlene Prentice, a resident of Orchard Place, asked Wintersville Council when streets in her area will be repaved. -- Warren Scott

WINTERSVILLE — The conditions of many local roads and their connection to ongoing utility projects was a recurring subject at Thursday’s Village Council meeting.

Village Administrator Walter Ziemba said officials with Columbia Gas have advised they will begin work to replace gas lines in the Terrace Drive area on Monday.

The work is expected to affect about 215 customers on Terrace Drive, Karen Place, McConnell Avenue, Parkview Drive, Dana Lynn Drive, Susan Drive and Main Street from Leonard Avenue to the Kroger store.

The project also is expected to include the replacement of interior gas meters with exterior radio-read meters.

Ziemba said Columbia Gas officials indicated the project will begin earlier than expected.

He said an informational meeting for affected residents has been tentatively scheduled for March 12. He said the residents will receive a letter from the company verifying the date, time and place of the meeting.

Prior to the meeting, Mayor Bob Gale said the village wasn’t notified of the work in advance so it could plan street paving accordingly.

The gas line replacements, part of a statewide effort by the company, have sometimes required crews to tear up recently paved streets. While the gas company must restore the affected streets, as well as affected yards, that only involves patching the roadways, Gale noted.

Ziemba said besides replacing aging gas lines, the project will benefit the village in another way.

He said crews have agreed to share video footage of underground utility lines, including the village’s water lines, to help village officials determine where line repairs might be needed.

The village administrator said from past experience with the gas line crews he’s found “they do good work and they are communicative with residents and our crews.”

“We’ve heard little complaint when they’ve done the jobs,” he said.

Also on Thursday, council heard from Charlene Prentice, a resident of Orchard Place who said she and other residents are wondering when their street will be paved.

Ziemba said pending warm weather, he hopes it and other roadways affected by the Knolls water project can be repaved in April.

He noted many streets were torn up to accommodate the replacement of about 6,400 feet of water line and with the project now complete, there are plans to repave the affected areas.

Prentice and Councilman Robert Martin noted crews have filled holes or ruts left during the project with slag, which they said has been a temporary improvement.

In other business, council:

¯ Approved the hiring of Dominic Rogers as an auxiliary officer for the police department. Village Police Chief Art Fowler said Rogers hails from Richmond, graduated from Edison High School and completed training at Eastern Gateway Community College.

¯ Approved the $11,760 purchase of an all-terrain vehicle to transport village sewer crews to harder to reach pump stations.

¯ Authorized $8,500 to replace a broken sump pump at the wastewater treatment plant.


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