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Sewers will be Granville's next challenge

Village is preparing for waste water plant maintenance and improvement projects

Jared Baker
Granville village president
Jared Baker Granville village president

GRANVILLE — With Granville's McCoy Street project now mostly completed, the village board's attention is beginning to turn toward its sewers and water plants.

During the Sept. 4 board meeting, village engineer Mike Richetta, of Chamlin & Associates, presented the board with the possible blueprint to reconfigure the sidewalk and curbing on the northwest corner of the intersection at Hopkins and McCoy streets.

The plans would increase accessibility and could include a ramp, a new walkway, new steps into Granville National Bank, and an ADA compliant handrail.

Richetta didn't have a cost estimate for the improvements, but after the board was in agreement with the idea of improved accessibility, he said he'd have more information before the next meeting on Sept. 18.

The improvements will be included in the already budgeted expenses of the overall McCoy Street project.

Richetta also reported the major improvements being made to the water treatment plant were going well.

"We should have the new brine system ready to go in early October. About 50 to 60 percent of the work is completed, and we're scheduling plant shutdowns based on the amount of available water in the tanks, so the village will never be out of water," he said.

Board member Jim Petit asked Richetta to work on a list of maintenance items that could be started at the waste water treatment plant in preparation of the new EPA requirements the village is expecting.

Petit also mentioned the possibility of receiving grant funds through new legislation from state Sen. Sue Rezin in regard to flooding and stormwater issues.

One of the possible causes of the increased contaminant levels at the waste water plant is inflow into the storm system from the creek running alongside the pipe. The challenge for the village is the difficult terrain and inaccessibility of the area, especially for any heavy equipment that would likely be needed during repairs.

The board agreed it would be easier to survey the miles-long area in the early winter, after vegetation has died back and before snow covers the area. The village also agreed to seek bids on the overall scope of the project, so they'd have an idea of the sure-to-be-significant expenses.

The board also agreed the project to install a sidewalk to Casey's General Store was more complicated than initially thought, and that it would require a survey of the area to understand what would be needed during construction.

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