Water problems surfacing in Flushing

FLUSHING – Several matters will be addressed Tuesday at a special meeting of Flushing Village Council, which discussed concerns about the waterline replacement project during its regular August meeting.

Tuesday’s special meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the city building, is about water and sewer in regard to drainage issues and water usage, street and alley matters concerning paving and testing as well as the hiring of personnel.

According to discussion at the regular meeting, attention will be given to a water problem at the Flushing Alliance Church; this problem has been discussed in the past.

The waterline replacement project including cleanup and topsoil work is complete, according to Jeff Vaughn, engineer, of Vaughn Coast and Vaughn.

This project includes one year for corrections, and it was noted Station Hill needs to be redug and redone as there are bad spots on the road, and it’s soft underneath n some spots.

Vaughn said for a large project, he thinks it went well throughout the village.

Council President Pro-Tem Corey Alexander said some of the hydrants seem to be far apart and not as close as before.

Vaughn said the intent was to put the hydrants back as before, and he will look into it. Councilman Charles Campanizzi asked if all the hydrants had been tested and in working order. Village Administrator Rusty Taylor said they all were checked for water.

Campanizzi reported three hydrants are not working properly now. Vaughn plans to check into this problem as well as other matters mentioned by officials about other parts of the project.

Dissatisfaction about reclamation and about fire hydrants, the latter for safety reasons, was expressed by Councilman Randy Twarog.

Councilman Tom Bober asked if the valve boxes are cemented as they are supposed to be, and Taylor replied not all of them.

Bober also voiced the opinion that reseeding for grass was bad, and Vaughn said that would be addressed.

Officials, according to Bober, hadn’t wanted any hydrants eliminated but some were. He also said curbs are knocked out in some places, and the village had paid for those curbs and had them installed previously.

Bober said sidewalks were not put back on the corner by the Christian Church, but blacktopping had been done instead.

Noting he was very displeased about paving, Bober said, “We’re holding water in a lot of places where blacktopping was done.”

Bober went on to say there are “a lot of little things we need to get fixed.”

Alexander asked when the final walk-through would be done.

Councilman John Jozwiak asked why a fire hydrant was moved from a property on High Street to another property across the street.

Vaughn said the best solution was to move it, and it was less costly. “You do the best you can; it is a challenge,” he added.

Indicating a lot of changes had been made to the original plan, Bober asked when officials would receive maps for the new system.

Vaughn said the maps are in.

“How are we going to be sure these (complaints) are going to be fixed?” Bober asked.

Vaughn replied with the walk-through, adding also he had taken notes on everything discussed.

Twarog asked about all the corrections being made in a year. According to the discussion, repairs are to be made in a year ending May 8.

Vaughn explained it’s a standard one-year procedure for cleanup and restoration. He added things could pop up in the spring and then could be remedied.

Jozwiak said he thinks proper grass seed should have used, and it shouldn’t have been blown. He also mentioned a Marketan Street property where dirt rather than a sidewalk had been placed.

In other matters, officials discussed a $705,000 bid received for a lift station project in the sewer system.

A representative from Global Geophysical Services, an underground mapping company working for oil and drilling companies, talked to officials about the possibility of surveying the town. He said the company would use vibe trucks on the streets, and it has sensors that would fit on the soil and would not harm the new waterlines. A similar project was done in Cadiz, according to the representative.

Mayor Barbara Bashline noted a special meeting is planned Aug. 21, and the next regular meeting will be Sept. 13.

A motion was approved for the company to do the study and to present mapping concerning a sizing study. The representative indicated he wasn’t sure that he could attend the special meeting but if not, he would be at the September meeting.

Taylor reported work had included cleaning grit from storm drains, patching potholes and building curbs around town. A broken manhole lid by a lift station had been replaced to keep dirt and rocks out. In addition, grading and ditching of streets had been done, and a waterline leak had been repaired on Kirk Street.

The village administrator, who plans to retire in a few months. said some payments had not been made in the past for him to the Public Employees Retirement System, and he would like for that to be taken care of. Officials indicated they would look into it and try to take care of the matter.

A representative from JWCI, an oil company, said the company will be drilling at the end of Johnson Lane and will need 5,000 to 15,000 gallons of water a day. Taylor said the village could supply that amount, and it would be easier to provide it at night when there is less usage.

Bashline said some guidelines would be needed, and possibly this could be discussed at the next meeting.