City Manager's Update to Council October 21, 2014
In regards to the East
Forest Street sewer separation, the water main is
completed and all taps have been made.
The main sewer line has been completed and there are
still a few services to connect. As of today they had
about 200 feet left of the storm sewer. Next week they
are planning on preparing to start the under drains,
which is basically a four inch tile underneath the curb
and getting ready for curb installation. Clyde Light &
Power, Frontier and cablevision have been relocated.
There are still some old poles to remove yet. Things are
progressing quickly. They just might get this paved
before the asphalt plants close about Thanksgiving.
The South Street Bridge
structure has been removed.
They did form and pour the east footer. They
are currently working on the west footer and are
tentatively set to place the arches the first week of
November. We do have a distribution line in the area and
will be taking about a 2-3 hour outage, which will
involve about 200 customers. With the crane, and the
distance from the wire to the crane, it is really a
necessity. We will be placing those notices on all of
the customerís doors as soon as we nail down when we
need to take the outage.
The Route 20 culvert will
probably be under construction next year, out by Halls
Market. The survey
work has started. We did have the second reading of the
Ordinance for the engineering services on that.
Clyde Light & Power is in
the beginning stages for planning all of the actual
installation of the material that we bought over the
past year, which includes circuit switches and the 69 kV
relay action. We
will be starting on the new substation, which involves
leveling one of the four main transformers that has been
settling since it was installed back in 1989-90. That
substation will be out of service for probably 6-8
weeks. We can remove that transformer, re-do the
foundation that it sits on and while the substation is
down that is when we will be doing all of the upgrades
for that substation.
Over the next few months we will
be entering in contract negations.
Despite finances being good I think there might be some
difficult negotiations. We have a tentative
increase in our medical insurance that we are going to
have to get through the negotiation process. Hopefully
we can get that wrapped up timely.
The City is preparing for
the Winesburg Christmas Fest.
There is a new group heading it
up, and a meeting was held with all of the department
heads to work through some different ideas. There will
be fireworks again, which have been a big hit over the
last few years.
Salt price increase
- Last year our salt prices were about $35/ton
delivered. We went through ODOT and two bids were
rejected. Salt for this year will be roughly $105/ton
undelivered. Each entity will have to secure their
own delivery and the salt will be from undetermined
locations throughout the state. There will be salt
conservation and the City will probably notice a
difference in how our streets look following a storm.
But, at that price we will need to conserve.