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Manpower issues continue to plague Byesville

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Lack of manpower continues to plague Byesville projects

BYESVILLE, Ohio -- During Wednesday's Byesville Village Council meeting, it was noted that a number of projects, primarily paving, are falling behind due to the lack of manpower. According to Councilman William Albright, "we need help." The village's water and street departments have been working short handed for some time, and according to officials, are still two men down. Village Administrator Brennan Dudley reported that a water treatment plant operator with maintenance specifications was in line to be hired, but recently, the union denied the hiring at a increased step rate. It is the practice of Byesville employees to be cross trained in other areas, so plant personnel can help out on street projects and the like. Officials will begin the search for another full time employee, and will revisit the plant operator position at a later date.

Following the recent approval of water well #4 by the Ohio EPA, village officials look to finish the project. Village Administrator Brennan Dudley reported to council that the final cost for the project will be in the area of $425,000. It's believed that approximately 10% of the total cost may be saved by utilizing existing "in house" resources. Well #4 was developed to secure an additional water source for the village and outlying areas served by the Byesville water system.
On the topic of water, Dudley reported that water pressure valves feeding the Village of Cumberland have been rebuilt, however some water pressure issues are still unresolved. And, construction of sanitary sewer lines in Cumberland have resulted in some water lines being cut. Dudley says the location of many of the lines were unknown and are the responsibility of Byesville to repair.
Council Wednesday night approved repairs to the dehumidifier at the Byesville Water Treatment Plant. The estimated cost for repairs: $19,000, while the estimated cost to replace the unit would be close to $250,000.

Village Administrator Brennan Dudley reported to council that Island Aseptics has applied to the state for a 100% discharge permit. This would allow the facility to bypass the village waste water system for all of their waste water discharge. Dudley says that the village has contacted the state, and submitted their objection to the permit. If the permit is approved by the OEPA, this could represent an approximately 25% decrease in village waste water revenues.
Before deciding the fate of the permit request, the Ohio EPA will be soliciting public comments on the matter. Details on this section of the process have not yet been released.

Councilman Jay Jackson reported that the annual Jonathan Bye Days will be held on August 21 through 23 at the Byesville Village Park. And council approved a resolution allowing the mayor to conduct a public auction of unused village property. The auction will be held Saturday August 23 at 9 am at the water treatment plant. A list of the items to go on the auction block can be obtained at the clerk's office at Byesville Hall.

Last modified on Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:58
Mike McKay

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