Robbie Martin to lead Wintersville council

WINTERSVILLE – A new year brings a new leader to village council.

Robbie Martin was elected unanimously to take over the reins as council president for 2013 during Thursday night’s meeting.

“I want to continue to try and carry council forward as in the past,” Martin stated. “We have a great group of employees and our outlook as a community is great. Council gets along very well and we try to work together to make this community the best it can be.”

Walt Ziemba, village administrator, briefed council on a number of pertinent topics, including an update on the wastewater treatment plant project.

“Construction is under way for Phase 1 of the project,” he said. “Everything is on schedule currently. and they are hoping to make a big pour next week on the walls. I anticipate to receive the first invoice next week, which will be paid between the grant and the 1 percent loan.”

The scope of the work for Phase 1 includes: headwords; new screening, grit and grease removal equipment; a new grit classifier building; new influent and effluent flow monitoring; a new aerobic digester tank; a new scum pump station; the replacement of aeration diffusers; a new belt filter press; rehab clarifiers; geodesic dome clarifier covers; a UV disinfection system; updated electrical system; the addition of two new blowers; raising of the flow EQ tank wall; and asphalt resurfacing.

“Design for Phase 2 is under way and we are moving forward with that,” he added.

He then presented the backflow prevention contract with Civil Design Associates.

“Civil Design Associates recently surveyed all of the businesses in the village and made sure they had the backflow required by the EPA,” he explained. “They are currently sending out reminders for 2013 to area businesses. This is our third or fourth year working with this company.”

Council approved a contract with the company for $9,600.

Council then approved the purchase of a new 400,000 BTU kerosene heater for the village garage.

“This is used to unfreeze the garbage packers that sometimes freeze on cold nights,” Ziemba explained. “The current heater is 350,000 BTU and is completely broken.”

The heater will cost the village $1,886.36, Ziemba added.

Second and third readings were passed on a 2 percent pay raise for all employees in 2013. The raises will go into effect during the next pay period.

In other business:

Ziemba noted that 410.73 tons of salt was recently purchased for $24,994.59.

Councilman Jason Mattern congratulated residents on a “great Christmas light show. Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work to make the village look terrific,” he said.

Councilman Tom Bottorf thanked the snow plow drivers for their work during the recent snow storms. “It is important to remember that if you need to park on the street during the winter months, you must have a permit from Chief Ed Laman.”

Village offices will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day. There will be no change in sanitation.

A water and sewer committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at village offices.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.