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Sistersville City Council Discusses Plans for Water Project

By Staff | Nov 22, 2017

Jessie Parker Jr, president of S&S Engineering, attended the Nov. 13 Sistersville city council meeting on behalf of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council to discuss the wastewater systems improvement project and preliminary cost estimate. The project is estimated to cost around $3 million and will improve the wastewater treatment plant and the city’s collection system.

Some of the wastewater treatment improvements include; replacing headworks, relevel boat clarifier, add uv racks, clean grit and solids from oxidation ditch. Some collection system improvements include replacing sewer lines on the alley from Diamond Street to the railroad, separate roof leaders and storm drains from Cemetery Hill collection system and replacing sewer lines at Country Club Heights.

Mayor Bill Rice expressed concerns at the last regular meeting about the cost of the project possibly causing a water rate increase. He informed council that the project is moving forward. Tim Meeks from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council will meet with the council in the near future to discuss finances and possible grants that are available.

David and Audist Pancake from the Sistersville Parks and Recreation informed council of the vandalism, drug activity, and break-ins occurring at the park. During a recent break-in, the parks flood lights were left on for two days. They ask the community to keep a close watch and to report any suspicious activity to the police.

The Pancakes’ also announced that they were in the planning process of replacing and pulling playground equipment because of safety concerns. A child was recently injured due to the faultiness of the equipment. The parks and recreation board is in the process of applying for grants to purchase the equipment.

Council approved the parks and recreation’s request to broaden the residency requirement allowing Tyler County citizens to serve.

The council made a motion to allow City Attorney Krista Fleegle to draft a dilapidated building ordinance. Fleegle also recommended the council approve to allow the SVFD to trade in two fire trucks for a new mini pumper on the condition a contract is signed that the city is listed as co-owner on the title.

Council approved the following business;

-The Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 1. The line up is at 6:30 pm and the parade begins at 7 pm.

-Minutes for the Sept. 11 and Nov. 11 meeting.

-The payment of the bills.

The next council meeting is Dec. 11 at 7 pm at the Sistersville city hall.