BETHESDA- The village is inching closer to the construction of a new water system, according to Water Department Director Dick Quinlin.
At the Bethesda Village Council meeting Thursday night he distributed a list of preferred water main sites for members' review. Quinlin, Treasurer Rick Burkhead and Village Administrator and Police Chief Jeremy Campbell are tracking down information for grant applications.
Quinlin said they will need to look at a rate analysis and begin locating current water lines. He noted equipment, a line tracer, that other towns have used and recommended that Bethesda consider buying a unit at some point for around $3,400. Members decided to approve the equipment in advance, so that when funds become available, the water department can make the purchase.
Campbell added that there is a mandated training that "one half the governing body" will need to attend as part of the USDA water system grant agreement. The closest training location and dates will be in New Philadelphia on Oct. 8 and 9 and will include two eight-hour sessions on utility management and financial management.
Council also approved the full version package of the Mayor's Court software and technical support. It will be installed in the next two weeks, and a company representative will provide training. The software will bring all of the records up to date and make processing and reporting more efficient.
Campbell has been taking note of other ways to save costs and streamline the budget, also. He said that the village may be able to lower its water treatment plant to a Class I system, which will save overhead. In addition, the town is now considering an ultraviolet light process that will eliminate the need for use of hazardous gases in the current treatment system.
He asked council members about setting up a village email account to send out notices and correspondence. In addition to being faster, email could save as much as $400 per year in postage.
Several memorials are under way to honor the late Police Chief Tim Zdanski. Campbell said that letters for the police cruiser have been ordered, and the display board for the SPII Task Force now reads "founded by Chief Tim Zdanski." During the month of September Denny's Restaurant in St. Clairsville will fund raise for the SPII Task Force in their "Great food for a great cause" promotion. Each Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m. the restaurant will donate 20 percent of each (pre-tax) check to the Task Force in Chief Zdanski's memory. Council members decided to meet for dinner there before the Sept. 27 council meeting and invite Bethesda residents to have dinner at Denny's that night as a show of support.
Members added that the Hazen Lodge in Bethesda will also be hosting a steak dinner on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 10 p.m. Tickets are available through the lodge and lodge members.
Bethesda Village Council meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
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