2009-08-22 / News

Bids due on waterline extension

By Charles Prince

Millersport Mayor Dean Severance congratulates Donna Thogmartin after he administered the oath of office to her. Thogmartin is returning to council to fill a vacancy created by Kenneth Brotherton's resignation. Courtesy photo. Millersport Mayor Dean Severance congratulates Donna Thogmartin after he administered the oath of office to her. Thogmartin is returning to council to fill a vacancy created by Kenneth Brotherton's resignation. Courtesy photo. MILLERSPORT - Bids will be opened Aug. 21 to extend a waterline to Buckeye Lake Village limits.

The rough cost estimate is $1.1 million, Mayor Dean Severance told council members at their Aug. 11 meeting. Millersport received a $250,000 federal stimulus grant for the project and the Village of Buckeye Lake has paid a $306,000 tap fee. The village also expects to receive at least a $250,000 no-interest loan from the state's water supply revolving loan fund. That 20-year loan would be repaid with revenues from the sale of bulk water to Buckeye Lake. Severance is optimistic that the no-interest loan amount can be extended to whatever they need after spending the grant and tap fee.

President Pro Tem Dave Levacy, who represents council on the village's Board of Public Affairs, reported earlier that they had run into some difficulties on an easement for the water line extension. "The routing has been changed," he explained. "ODOT and John Clark have been extremely helpful."

Severance also had good news on a long delayed agreement to lease space on the old water tower for a cell phone antenna. Cingular had negotiated an option for the antenna and then was acquired by AT&T, leaving the project up in the air. "They are doing it," Severance told council. "It will be a 2010 project." He added that the $1,800 a month rent might start as early as December. Levacy reminded council members that the additional revenue had been promised to the police department.

Police officerAlan Wheeler, a retired Ohio State Highway Patrol officer, is switching from auxiliary status to part-time. Captain John Shirk can no longer work 24 hours a week, so he and Wheeler will split the hours. Both are paid $10 per hour.

Council members agreed to sell the village's old police cruiser to Hocking Technical College for $2,500. It was the only bid received after it was listed on several government surplus internet sites.

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