Cost of Warren utility improvements estimated at $1.7 million

Commonwealth Engineers Inc. submitted its recommendations for wastewater and storm water utility improvements to the Warren Town Council on Monday, Nov. 19.

Patrick Zaharako, Commonwealth spokesman, addressed several issues that the proposed project would fix and the costs associated with each item.

According to the company's proposal, the wastewater section of the project would consist of the replacement and upgrade of the three existing lift stations and the replacement and upgrade of the known areas of the existing collection system with infiltration and inflow problems, involving approximately 5,805 feet of pipe and 26 sanitary sewer manholes.

Currently, the town's water treatment plant operates at 68 percent capacity. Zaharako said that modest estimates indicate that in 20 years the town will add 200 more residents, which would require additional capacity.

Although several places need to be repaired, he added, the Nancy Street lift station will need to be replaced because it is outdated.

The proposed total estimate for the wastewater collection system section of the project is $1,085,910. This includes the replacement of four pumps and four blowers at the town's wastewater treatment plant.

Zaharako said the storm water portion of the project consists of the construction of new storm sewers and the upsizing of existing sewers, approximately 3,455 feet of pipe. The estimated cost for this portion of the project is $613,900.

He added that the project includes an analysis of the storm water collection system and the need for a storm water rate, including operations and maintenance expenses, an analysis of the sanitary collection system and an analysis of the waste water treatment plant for the town.

Council member Barb Trosper asked Town Utility Manager Curt Day if there he had any issues with the findings, work needed to be done or costs associated with the project.
Day indicated that he was in agreement with the proposal and that he had expected the project would entail more work.

The council will make a final decision on the matter at the December meeting.
Mark Mussman and Bryn Keplinger of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development addressed the council on amendments to two ordinances, deal-ing with subdivisions and flag lots.

Keplinger stated that the Plan Committee had been working on the subdivision ordinance amendment for almost 18 months in an effort to clear up antiquated language and close loopholes.

The amendments allow for more controlled land division, which preserves the county farmland.

"We just want to make sure that there is one set of rules that everybody follows, so there is no confusion or discrimination," Keplinger stated.

In other business:

• The Council opened discussion for the adoption of three ordinances. Ordinance 2012-8 addresses wages and benefits of town employees. Ordinance 2012-9 refers to fixing the benefits of town law enforcement officials and Ordinance 2012-10 deals with the benefits of part-time town utilities employees.

The matter was tabled for further review and discussion at the next meeting.

The next meeting is tentatively set for Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.