Village well in need of repair

By Joshua Keeran -

MECHANICSBURG – Village Council on Wednesday learned the Mechanicsburg Water Treatment Plant (WTP), 420 W. Main St., is operating with one fewer well than normal.

Village Administrator April Huggins-Davis said well No. 1 has been out of operation since late last week.

“It needs a major overhaul,” she said. “This well is our oldest well and is our best well.”

According to Mayor Greg Kimball, the well was dug in the 1920s.

During a recent inspection of the well by Moody’s of Dayton Inc., it was discovered not only did the well casing contain some holes, but the pump also had a hole.

To remedy the situation, council agreed to appropriate $35,000 for the rehabilitation of well No. 1.

“It’s a lot cheaper than drilling a new well,” Huggins-Davis said.

Work on the well, which will be performed by Moody’s, includes video inspection and cleaning, as well as the installation of a new stainless steel casing and pump. Wiseman & Sons, Mechanicsburg, will handle the excavation work.

While the well is out of service, the WTP will continue to operate using the village’s other two wells, which are fine, Huggins-Davis said.

Also during the meeting, council was informed the village will be reimbursed for its annual community spring cleanup held April 30 and for mosquito spraying this year through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Mosquito Control Grant.

The reimbursement amount totals $4,200, Huggins-Davis said.

In other business:

•Council authorized Kimball to sign an application seeking funding for the Water Treatment Plant Project through the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Round 31 State Capital Improvement Program.

•The village’s new 2016 Ford F-550 Super Duty commercial truck, which council agreed to purchase on June 6 from Lebanon Ford at a cost of $71,000, has been delivered. The truck features a snow plow, spreader and stainless steal dump body.

Huggins-Davis said the plan is for the truck to be featured in the village’s Summer Celebration parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

•A public hearing to discuss the village’s 2017 tax budget will take place prior to council’s next meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 18, in the municipal building.

By Joshua Keeran

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.