Water board approves meter data equipment

WEIRTON The Weirton Area Water Board voted unanimously to purchase two used Neptune handheld data collectors and three new meter probes at their meeting Thursday.

The existing portable data collectors were purchased in 2007, and their display screens are too faded to see anymore, according to Samuel K. Stoneking Jr., assistant utilities director. The replacements will be purchased from H.D. Supply Waterworks, a company based in New York, for $7,000.

Max Fijewski of Scenery Drive addressed board members regarding a broken fire hydrant near his residence. He said it had been inoperable for more than three months, even though city employees initially said it would be fixed within three weeks.

“That is the only fire hydrant on Scenery Drive,” Fijewski said. “With my nephew losing his house to a fire in January, I am sensitive to the issue. When can we expect it to be replaced or fixed so that the people living there have the fire protection they need?”

Stoneking said that he thought all dysfunctional hydrants in that area had already been repaired or replaced. He then apologized to Fijewski for the oversight.

A crew was sent to the hydrant in the hours immediately following the meeting, and it should be operational by Saturday afternoon, according to A.D. “Butch” Mastrantoni, utilities director.

Jenelle Armstrong of Thrasher Engineering updated board members regarding the progress of work at the East End Tank and the treatment plant.

Work on the tank is stalled because its contents are frozen, she said, but the project is expected to be finished in early spring.

Water board members and Thrasher representatives have been working together to research funding options for the treatment plant project.

They are in the process of meeting with local bank representatives to establish terms.

(Dalrymple can be contacted at sdalrymple@heraldstaronline.com)