Facing a EPA mandated flow study, Byesville Council Wednesday evening, chose to pay for the project "as we go".
During their regular meeting, Village Administrator Brennan Dudley proposed applying for a low interest OWDA loan totaling around $57,000.
Council balked at the thought of applying for, as one councilman noted, "yet another loan". Dudley pointed out that he didn't like the idea of a loan, but said that it would likely be paid off within a year, possibly before one payment was due. The Village Administrator pointed out that the funds are available, but if a major failure occurred, there may not be funds for both. It was decided that the village would pay for the project for at least the rest of the year, and then decide how to proceed after the first of the year.
During their last meeting, council learned that the EPA had issued a decree that the village control the infiltration of storm run off into their sewer system.
The initial phases of the project, data gathering and design, is now underway.
Also during Wednesday's meeting, it was reported that the filter membranes for the water treatment plant have been ordered. The million dollar project should be completed around the end of the year.
On the subject of water, council discussed the recent complaints of discolored water in the village's system. According to officials, crews have been working to correct the problem for months, and found that the solution has been elusive. It was noted that it appears there were several, interrelated problems, located in different locations in the system. It was reported last night that officials believe they have found the problem, and should be corrected by the end of the week. After that, lines will be flushed throughout the village.
Officials stress that while the water is discolored, it is safe to drink.
After some discussion, Council approved a roof replacement project for the Byesville Museum. Officials say the roof is failing, and is in urgent need of replacement.
Estimated cost of the project around $7,000.
It was also reported that speed limit signs have been posted on 5th Street. The posted limit is 25 mph.
Council acknowledged the efforts and activity of the Byesville Police Dept. It was noted that there have been numerous positive comments from village residents, saying "how nice" it was to have a local police officer on patrol.
Also, council approved a 90 day ban on the installation of wood burning boilers in the village. There is a growing concern on various aspects of the outdoor units, which burn wood and other materials to heat water for use inside homes. Officials say that the units need to be regulated for things such as proximity to other buildings, height of smoke stacks, and other issues. The moratorium freezes the installation of the boilers, and allows officials to research the matter before developing rules and regulations.