Extending the water line down Canal Road to a resident was one of the topics discussed at the April 9 meeting of the Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs.
By village ordinance, the resident, who is inside the corporation limit, must pay 2/3 of the cost to install the 6-inch water line to its residence and the village pays the remaining 1/3 of the cost. However, the exact cost is not known yet, the resident would like to be considered for it.
Currently, the resident has brown well water and even uses bottled water to brush their teeth.
If the board extends the water line to that resident, there could possibly be five additional houses that could also hook-up.
Water Superintendent Don Walkup said he first has to find out the cost as well as the easement rights of the Canal Road and the former canal for them to even consider installing a water line.
In other business, Infinity Oil Services requested water and sewer service at their soon-to-be office location behind the truck stop on Adena Drive. Walkup said village ordinance doesn't allow for sewer service to extend past 200 feet from the line and this far exceeds that. However, the village will be able to extend the water line to its office east of the truck stop near the former garage.
The board also heard a request for possibly selling the effluent water from the wastewater treatment plant to those involved in fracking oil wells. No representatives were available for the meeting so more information will be sought. Ideally, they would like to purchase approximately 250,000 gallons of water a day. Currently, the effluent water is pumped into the river. Walkup said they pump about 300,000 gallons a day into the water but have the capacity to go to as much as 1.4 million gallons a day.
In personnel matters, the board approved Walkup as the permanent superintendent after his six-month probation. They also hired Shirley Hayes of Newcomerstown as the new office manager. She will start April 22 and also be on a six-month probationary period. She replaces Karen Sauerbrey who is retiring.
The board will meet again Monday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the water department.