Water tower to be out of service for repairs

By Anthony Conchel - The Sentinel

MOUNT GILEAD — Village officials said the North Main Water Tower will be taken out of service for repairs to the leak in the 12-inch diameter pipe that feeds the tower bowl.

Dan Rogers, village administrator, told council members Monday night that the tower will be out of service starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. It will be out of service 12 to 16 hours.

This affects most people east of Iberia Street to the corporation limit and north to the corporation limit.

“If you were affected during the water leak on East Union Street in July, you will be affected by this repair,” Rogers said.

He said it takes about two and a half hours to drain the tank and five to six hours to fill it.

A boil order will be in effect until the samples have been pulled and tested, or at least 16-24 hours.

The alternate day, should the parts be delayed in arriving, would be Thursday, Oct. 12.

“We are losing a lot of water,” Rogers said. The work needs to be done before temperatures drop and the water freezes.

In other business:

• A police cruiser was struck on Bank Street last week as Police Chief Brian Zerman was responding to a call.

Repair estimates are $9,200, so the vehicle may be declared a total loss, he said.

Zerman and a teen-age passenger in the vehicle that struck the cruiser both were treated and released.

• Council member Chris Sherbourne said replacing that cruiser or repairing it needs done, along with maintaining the village’s plan to purchase another vehicle in fiscal year 2018.

A new cruiser costs about $32,000, if equipped with the necessary video equipment.

• The village changed its policy on sick leave for those who retire/rehire. No sick leave will be accrued for those employees, effective Oct. 1, 2017.

• Leaf pickup began in the village this week.

• Cold patching, street paving and tree trimming continues.

• Sherbourne advised residents to learn more about the levy for the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office that is on the Nov. 7 ballot.

“Ask Sheriff (John) Hinton questions if you want to know more. The money is certainly needed,” Sherbourne said.

By Anthony Conchel

The Sentinel