City Council approves $58,000 to clean water treatment plant's service line
sg飞艇appMANSFIELD - Mansfield City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to pay Allied Technical Services to clean the water treatment plant's service line for $58,000.
A buildup of calcium carbonate in the line earlier this year caused officials to issue a citywide boil advisory while workers constructed a bypass line.
sg飞艇appThe advisory was issued at the time due to the potential for bacterial contamination. It was lifted after four days when test results for contamination came back negative.
sg飞艇appThe Ohio Environmental Protection Agency subsequently issued four violations to the city, according to Dave Remy, public works director.
Those violations have been addressed, Remy said, who added the EPA has now mandated the entire 350 foot long, 48-inch service line must be cleaned on a regular basis.
The pipe hasn't been cleaned in a decade or two, according to Remy.
sg飞艇appA five-person dive team from Allied will clean the line, while a separate two or three-person team will clean the water treatment plant's clear wells, or reservoirs for filtered water.
sg飞艇appAltogether, the work will take eight 10-hour working days to complete. Remy does not expect another boil advisory will have to be issued.
sg飞艇appBefore council approved the money, which comes from contractual services that were included in the 2020 final budget, Remy stressed urgency, saying the city has until June to finish cleaning, and has to submit a report to the EPA by July 1.
"The EPA has kind of stepped up its maintenance and outlook on water plants and one of them is looking at the plant's maintenance program, the maintenance logs, how often we're doing things," Remy said.
sg飞艇appRemy, questioned why the contract was being awarded to Allied Technical without competitive bidding, said the Cincinnati-based company is the only one, to his knowledge, that does the kind of specialized work that's required.
Going forward, workers will clean the service line every two to three years.
sg飞艇app"We don't want to see this happen again, this blindsided us back on New Years's Eve," said Jon Van Harlingen, 3rd Ward councilman.
sg飞艇appIn other news, council:
• Completed the first reading of legislation to designate the entire city a community reinvestment area.
sg飞艇app• Authorized the city to enter into a contract for Fair Housing Services with the Richland County Board of Commissioners and the Richland County Regional Planning Commission.
• Honored Payroll Clerk Cheryl McClain on her retirement from the finance department.
• Gave the Ohio Department of Transportation consent to repair a bridge on Ohio 430 over Maple Run. The work comes at no cost to the city.
• Authorized the city to purchase salt. Bob Bianchi, city engineer, said the city has about 4,500-5,000 tons on hand, more than Mansfield would usually have this time of year due to a mild winter. The city used about 4,500 tons this season, compared to 7,000-8,000 during the 2018-2019 season.
• Authorized the city to accept and appropriate $240,640.74 from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services for METRICH.
• Transferred $10,000 within the general fund. The finance department will use the money to purchase laptops so employees can work remotely. Their desktop computers will be given to other departments that are in need of newer computers.
sg飞艇app• Transferred $3,700 within the general fund for the purchase of computer equipment in the crime lab.
• Legislation to consider selling about 19 acres of land at 500 N. Main St. was pulled from the docket.