Additional funding is sought

• St.C. applies for more funding for water tank

Photo provided The St. Clair Commons soon may feature a glass-lined water tank like this example. The city is applying for additional funding for the project.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The city intends that a gleaming new water tank will be among the features of the landscape of the St. Clair Commons, with the goal of upgrading and expanding water services in expectation of future growth.

The June 4 City Council meeting included the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to apply for Ohio Environmental Protection Agency funding for construction of a new water tank. The city is awaiting the engineer’s estimate to determine the amount it will seek from the OEPA.

“The water tank project is coming together rather nicely. We have secured through grants and loans about $1 million. The engineer’s estimate is $1.7 million,” Safety and Service Director James Zucal said.

Funding sources include a $200,000 grant approved by the Appalachian Regional Commission the week prior, which the city should receive in July. Zucal added that the city plans to bid out the project soon afterward. Another funding source is the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Zucal said the 500,000-gallon tank will supplant an older tank dating from 1929 that holds less than half that amount. The new tank will be placed at the St. Clair Commons development on the east end of the city to facilitate growth.

“It’s a competitive time. I’m hoping we get a really good price,” Zucal said.

The city is considering the installation of a glass-lined tank, which may mean reduced corrosion and operating costs as well as easier cleaning. Another option is a concrete tank.

The 1929 tank is one of two current installations in the city behind the municipal building. The other tank is dated 1984 and holds 200,000 gallons.

The St. Clair Commons has seen a new addition late last year with the completion of the Senior Suites senior living facility. City officials expect the St. Clair Commons to host more development in the future.