By COREY MAXWELL

Managing Editor

MINSTER — With the construction and completion of a new water tower three to four years away, improvements need to be done to the current Ohio Street water tower to keep it going. 

Village Administrator Don Harrod informed Minster village council on Tuesday night about what’s going to take place.

Harrod said the water tower had been leaking but crews from Worldwide Industries Corp. were able to get in and get the leak fixed. 

“Because it's the third time we've had a leak and because it's going to be three or four years before we get a new water tower built, we also asked them to price coming in and sandblasting with epoxy,” said Harrod.  

He said the cost estimate would be $39,400 but there could be some extra costs if the crews sandblast and find out the metal is thin and places and have to do some welding.

Harrod said the tower would need to be drained and kept dry for a minimum of seven days to allow for Worldwide Industries to sandblast, put on epoxy, let the epoxy set up and then a day or two to disinfect and run a bacteria test. 

“We're looking at a time to do that when we can use the least amount of water we can,” explained Harrod. “Dannon is planning a shutdown the first week of June so that may be the ideal time to do it, when Dannon's down. Even if Dannon doesn't go down, we still think that we're able to keep our system pressure and the water levels flowing with just the one tower.”

Council approved the repairs.

Next, council discussed the location of where the new tower will be built. 

Harrod said that CDM Smith, the company that’s going to build it, needed council to determine where it would be. 

CDM Smith recommended two locations: one on West Seventh Street adjacent to the compost area and the other being off West Fourth Street near the Nidec Minster pattern shop. 

Harrod noted the cost would be reduced if the tower were built on village property instead of requiring a land purchase, and was leaning toward the West Seventh Street property. 

“Either one of those sites would work. There's probably some benefits putting it by the composting facility because one, we already own the ground, so we're not buying any, and two, it's got pretty big space around,” he said. “There's extra site away from homes, businesses.”

He added that if the village needs to put in a new line between Fourth and Seventh streets, there wouldn’t be any reason to tear up the streets.”

In other business, council:

•Passed Ordinance 21-03-01, which established a small power production rate schedule as well as establishing the rates to be charged electric customers for services supplied by the electric system of the village of Minster. 

•Motioned to purchase a new truck for the water department to replace the 2001 GMC that’s currently used.

•Approved nine separate invoices over $3,000. 

•Heard Harrod say that the electric department is working with both Nidec Minster and E.A. Lawton to get both entities switched over from operating off the old substation to the new substation. he said the switching would occur sometime later this month. 

•Heard Harrod say that the village will begin evaluating the condition of various streets to determine which streets could be resurfaced as part of the 2021 minor street resurfacing project. 

•Heard Harrod announced that Hamilton Street between Fifth and Seventh Street will remain closed to traffic. He said the village removed part of the asphalt from Hamilton Street and have begun to lower the hill that was part of the street. He said once the street is lowered to a suitable height, arrangements will be made for the street to get repaved. 

• Harrod said electric department employees would begin to hang the military appreciation banners on state Route 66 prior to Memorial Day. Harrod also announced that the parks department, along with the Minster Tree Commission will be celebrating Arbor Day on April 30. The details of the event are still be worked out, but the program will involved the distribution of tree seedlings to the students at Minster Schools. 

  • Council entered executive session to discuss litigation. No action was taken. 

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