WATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENT UPDATE:
The contractor has run into some problems with the filter media replacement. There is suppose to be an air piping system inside the tanks and there isn’t any. It appears the air system might have been taken out at some point in the life of the tanks. This has slowed the progress and a change order will be necessary to install the air piping. Once the change order is submitted and approved, the project will go forward. The financing agencies, OPWC and EPA is aware of this finding and will approve the time extension so this can be completed. It should be noted that there are enough contingency monies in the award to complete the project without the Village having to use water fund dollars we didn’t appropriate for this project.
LIFT STATION PROJECT WINDING DOWN:
The lift station project is nearing completion. This writer discovered some sinkholes at the Stone Street location and has reported this to the engineer. Once this is corrected, the project punch list will be reviewed and the project can be closed out.
ADDITIONAL MAJOR WATER LEAKS HAVE BEEN FOUND:
Leak detection company Aqua-Line of Findlay, Ohio was called again to assist the water department in determining where the village was losing water. Due to the fact that large amounts of water were being lost but no obvious leaks could be found, Aqua-Line was called to assist with their digital detection equipment. They determined 2 additional areas, one on Oswalt Street and the other E. Canal close to the S. Erie four-way stop. Both of these areas will be dug up this week. The one on Oswalt has the water loss getting into our main storm line instead of coming to the surface. The E. Canal leak comes and goes as far as the presence of water in the area. This section of waterline will be replaced in late summer with OPWC funding.
KROOS DRIVE FLOODING:
Kroos Drive has long been the subject of flooding from the lack of adequate storm drainage. This has been aggravated by the development of additional housing. The only existing storm drainage is old farm tile. With the excessive snow/rain and freezing and thawing in this area, it has been brought to the Village’s attention that this must be addressed now. A new duplex built on the east side of Kroos Drive has possibly added to the blockage of stormwater as it alters the flow, but this area has been flooding for many years. The Village has been working with Jim Pendergrast and the County Engineer if determining what size of storm line, the number of catch basins needed and what easements will be necessary to relieve this flooding. It is proposed that the estimated cost to install a new line on Kroos will be approximately $28,000.00 and an easement will be required from Karen Banks in order to cross her property on the west side of Kroos to get to the ditch along the Railroad track to our main storm line at Stone Street. The storm fund has adequate money to address this project this Spring.
PARK BOARD MET TO REVIEW SLEDDING REQUEST FROM ACDC:
The park board met on February 6, 2019, to review the request by ACDC to develop a sledding hill at Riverside Memorial Veteran’s Park. The park board was provided with the guidelines supplied to the Village by the Village’s insurer Public Entities Pool. A discussion was held concerning the slope of the existing hill at the park and the fact that the area lays wet from river flooding and has been flooded must of this winter. The board was concerned that the risk of not being able to meet the recommendations of our insurance company and that this site might not be without liability, the board agreed to have the Administrator invite the risk management representative of our insurance company to come up and view the site.
On February 12, 2019, David Tiller of PERSO came to the Village and met with the undersigned and Mark Greenwood of the park board. The undersigned relayed the park boards concerns to Mr. Tiller and Mark Greenwood took him to the park to access the area. The attached e-mail received from Mr. Tiller outlines his findings and his recommendations that he cannot recommend the location due to the following reasons:
· The runout area would be located on an ice sheet from the Maumee River. In addition, it does not appear to meet the recommended 2X length for the height of the hill.
· The angle of the sledding hill appears greater than the 30 degrees recommended for best practices.
· As the landscape presently exists, there are extensive trees. Risk Control is unable to establish if there were any rocks present.
I feel council should take into consideration his recommendation and make a determination that this sledding project does not go forward at this time.