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At their Feb. 3 meeting, Village Council members heard a report on the cost of upgrading the existing Village water plant.

At their Feb. 3 meeting, Village Council members heard a report on the cost of upgrading the existing Village water plant.

Council considers water plant upgrade

At their Feb. 3 meeting, Village Council members heard a presentation from consulting engineer John Eastman and Scott Strahley of the Ohio Regional Community Assistance Program, or RCAP, regarding the cost of upgrading the Village’s 50-year-old water plant. According to the report, an upgrade of the existing plant would be far less expensive than the other two options for water sourcing  that Council is considering, which are purchasing water from the City of Springfield or building a new water plant.

Doing an upgrade of the existing plant is a realistic option, according to Strahley.

“Nothing in the report says the plant should be scrapped,” he said.

The cost for doing a plant upgrade, which would include the removal of the manganese that causes local brown water, but would not include water softening, would be about $1.38 million, according to the report. The cost for building a new plant has been estimated at about $3.2 million and for purchasing water from Springfield would be about $2 million. However, the three options come with varied projections for future costs.

The topic was discussion only, and Council members tasked Interim Village Manager Kent Bristol with bringing to their next meeting a plan for moving ahead with the water sourcing decision, which has been on the table for about a year. Council members stated they hope to make a decision on water sourcing before bringing on board a new Village manager, which is projected to take place in early summer.

See the Feb. 6 News for a more detailed report on the water sourcing discussion, along with an update on the CBE process. Other items of Council business, including the search process for a new Village manager, will be covered in the Feb. 13 News.

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