Water tank on Council agenda

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 12, 2008

Water regulations, phase I of a sewer project, grant funding and the Ironton water tank are all on the agenda for Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

Three items on the agenda involve the Ironton water tank. One is to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to review the tank project, another is to finance the nearly $1.6 million project and the other is to award the bid to Preload, Inc. to build a new water tank on Nixon Hill.

The 100-year-old tank is part of Ironton’s original water system and has been in disrepair for years. The facility was abandoned, except for the well and the waterlines, years ago when the new system was built along the Ohio River.

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The new project would consist of a 2 million gallon water storage tank and a 12-inch diameter water line to the U.S. 52/State Route 141 interchange to connect it to a main line.

The tank would eliminate costs associated with a pump station and its maintenance.

The much-talked-about water regulations go up before the council for approval. The council has held meetings with landlords and had at least two meetings during the updating of the city water regulations, which haven’t changed since 2000. Among the changes are that people will have to show identification to get their water bill set up and a list will be kept of delinquent accounts so that a person can’t keep setting up accounts and then skipping the bill and setting up a new account at a different house or setting up a new account at the same house with a different person’s information and the changing of the price for various fees.

In the area of grant funding, the council will vote to have the mayor submit applications to the Ohio Department of Development for Community Development Block Grant money to remove blighted buildings from Ironton. Also on the agenda is an agreement that would have the city partner with the Ironton Port Authority to apply for Clean Ohio funds for the Ironton Riverfront Revitalization project.

The city council meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Council chambers on the third floor of the City Center.