Yorkville in need of new water tank

YORKVILLE – Several recommendations have been received from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding Yorkville’s public water system, and one involves replacement of the water storage tank in the future.

Contents of the letter from Debra Prim, environmental specialist, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Ohio EPA, were discussed by village officials at a special meeting this week.

The letter, sent to Mayor John DeFilippo, was the result of an evaluation survey of the water system in March.

“The Village of Yorkville is currently in compliance with all drinking water requirements,” Prim noted.

Three deficiencies were listed in the letter, which noted, in part, that these “are not regulatory violations, but are actions that are recommended by this agency for optimum operation and to reduce the potential for future violations or contamination.”

Included were:

  • The current distribution system consists of primarily 60-plus year-old cast iron pipe. A significant overhaul of the distribution system should be considered for the near future.
  • The finished water storage tank should be replaced and is in a poor location. It was indicated another location for a new tank should be chosen because of existing problems, and officials were encouraged to begin planning for the tank replacement.
  • All finished water storage facilities should be cleaned and internally inspected every five years.

The village was requested to respond in writing within 30 days, indicating how and on what schedule the system would address these matters.

Council President Pro-Tem Blair Closser, who presided at the special meeting, turned the session over to Chad Buksa, water treatment plant operator, to explain the evaluation. When the system was evaluated, Buksa was interviewed and the water system was inspected in his presence.

“We need to find a new location and need a new tank in the future,” said Buksa.

Councilwoman Karen Vargo said she recently attended a Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission meeting where she learned there is $300,000 in critical infrastructure money available, and the village’s water tank may fall under this criteria. To apply for the funds, a letter of intent would have to be received by the commission by June 21.

“This doesn’t give a lot of time to do legwork,” she added.

Officials discussed the village applying for grant funds on its own or possibly working with Tiltonsville under the Shared Service Coalition.

Both villages recently took action to be part of the coalition. It previously was explained this doesn’t involve combining or consolidating villages but concerns equipment and materials that the villages can purchase as a group.

Buksa said he would talk to Carl Sgalla, village administrator for Tiltonsville. He also reported the first priority is to get the water tank serviced, and the EPA said cleaning and painting tank would give the village five years for its continued use.

This, according to the discussion, would give the village time to find a new location for the tank, to check into Shared Purchasing and to investigate grant funds.

Prim explained the evaluation’s purpose “was to determine the ability of the facility to provide adequate, safe and potable water that meets the requirements of the Ohio Administrative Code 3745.”

The eight major elements reviewed during the survey included source, treatment, distributions system, finished water storage, pumps/pump facilities and controls, monitoring/reporting/data verification, water system management/operation and operator compliance with state requirements.

In other matters, 40 American flags were presented to the village by representatives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on behalf of the 335 members of the veterans’ group. Representing the VFW were Bob Richardson, commander, and Mark Armitage. Council expressed appreciation for the flags, which had been requested by Mayor DeFilippo.

Armitage informed village officials that Memorial Day services will begin May 25 at 8:45 a.m. at the Upland Heights Cemetery and on May 26, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Indian Mound in Tiltonsville, then on to Rayland Veterans Memorial Park and continuing onto other areas.

Council’s next regular meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. in the municipal building.