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G’Town Council moves forward in replacing water main and water tower

Dan SchaeferBy Martha Jacob –

Members of the Georgetown Village Council listened to comments from Dan Schaefer with Brandstetter and Carrol as he discuss the water main and water tower upgrade project at council’s June 9 meeting.
Schaefer spoke at length about the water main project and answered questions from council members.
Schaefer discussed specific issues regarding the project. He asked council to pass two resolutions which would allow him to move forward, including:
• A resolution authorizing the mayor and village administrator to apply, accept and enter into a cooperative agreement for planning, design and/or construction loans for water main and tank replacements for East State Street, West State Street, North Main Street, South Main Street and water tower replacement on the North end of the village. a cooperative agreement would be between the Village of Georgetown and the Ohio Water Development Authority and declaring it an emergency;
• A resolution authorizing the mayor and village administrator to apply, accept and enter into a cooperative agreement for planning, design and/or construction loans for water main and tank replacements at East State Street, West State Street, North Main Street, South Main Street and water tower replacement on the north end of the village, cooperative agreement will be between the village and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
After suspending the three-reading rule, both resolutions were adopted by council.
Council also suspended the rules and passed an ordinance to repeal a specific ordinance (1113) regarding wording on unsafe structure policy and procedure.
In other business at the meeting, the Emergency Services Committee met on May 26 and Fire Chief Joey Rockey presented the committee with cardiac arrest statistics in relation to response time.  Discussion was also held on the topic of employing a part-time staff during day shift hours and to gather the estimated cost for such staffing and present it to the budget committee.
The committee also discussed an issue with having enough people to run the EMS during the daytime because most have daytime jobs.
The information from the meeting was eventually sent to the budget committee for further discussion.
Also discussed in the Emergency Services Committee meeting were current obstacles the village is facing in obtaining a signed fire contract with Pleasant Township. The consensus of the committee was for Chief Rockey to work with Village Solicitor Joe Braun and set up a meeting with the Pleasant Township Trustees, if needed.
Village administrator Art Owens reported to council that a lot of work had been completed at the village park including new dirt on the ballfields, gravel around the bleacher areas, mowing and week removal and clean up at the shelter houses.
He reminded council that street sweepers would be out in force on June 14 and that crews were continuing with their pot hole and water main break repairs of streets. They were being repaired with hot patch.
“We have also had a couple meetings with contractors to itemize and prioritize repairs needed to the Gaslight Theatre/Administration building,” Owens said. “ These are the repairs that will be done accomplished with the funds we have been approved for from the State Capital Budget.”
Village building inspector Ron Roberts told council that he was continuing in his efforts to notify all owners of abandoned or dangerous buildings.
“These notices we’re sending out are notifying people that unless they clean-up their properties, the village will take action,” Roberts said.
Roberts said that demolition is not always what’s best for the village if the structure is sound and could be repaired. He mentioned a property at 430 North Main Street and a burned out home on Home Street and another house on Ohio Street.
Later in the meeting council voted to donate $3,000 to the American Legion to help with efforts to bring the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Georgetown in 2017.

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