Council continues to deal with multiple storm drainage problems which have plagued the village for years. A South 6th Street resident addressed council, using as a visual aid, a small bag filled with rocks and other similar debris. The resident says that the stones were collected from a plugged catch basin near his home, and he feels the problem is likely the same in other areas of the village. He pointed out that broken pavement and other similar materials have clogged the drains, causing water to back up into yards and basements. He urged council to begin the repair process soon, and in the interim, run the street sweeper more often in an effort to keep debris from reaching the drains. Council promised to view the area in question, and look into the matter further.
In a related note, council formally accepted a OWPC loan of $400,000 for the upcoming sanitary sewer line, re-lining project. The Ohio Public Works Commission loan will be combined with funds from an ARC grant, and the anticipated CDBG funds. The money will fund the estimated $1.2 million project which would rehabilitate the sewer lines within the village.
Wednesday night council also approved an ordinance to allow the mayor to negotiate and enter into contract to fix gas rates for village buildings. According the Village Administrator Brennan Dudley, the village's current rate is around 8 cents per ccf. The 12 month contract would lock the rates at 56 cents per ccf. Officials say in light of fluctuating natural gas prices, they feel this is a good rate to be locked into for a year. This is a similar contract to the one the village entered into some time ago, locking in electrical rates for village buildings.
And it was announced that crews will be conducting a paving project soon near Byesville Elementary School. Pavement grinding then paving will take place on Wills Street around to the intersection of North 2nd Street Officials say they are anxious to complete this project before the start of the (rapidly approaching) new school year.