Thursday – January 19: The Buckeye Water District Board of Trustees held their meeting this past Thursday at Wellsville Village Hall. Present was Board President Mike Ryan and Trustees Jack Call, Cal Carney, Roy Dray, Tim O'Hara, Bob Wines and Rick Williams. Also attending was District Manager Al DeAngelis, Legal Advisor Fred Emmerling, Fiscal Officer Tony DeAngelo and Office Manager Gregg Stanley.
The Board went into an 11 minute Executive Session for pending legislation. As noted in the District Manager's Report there will be a hearing on January 25 in the 7th District Court of Appeals regarding the appeal filed by the district and OPWC on Judge Pikes latest ruling on the East Liverpool breech of contract law suit. Back in December Pike once against ruled against the water district in favor of East Liverpool. Pike ruled that “the debt service reserve of $750,064 is not protected...” That fund was issued to BWD by the USDA and is bonded. If Pike's ruling stands it could have a far reaching effect on bonds issued for such accounts. It could possibly change the way financing is done for public projects. No action was taken by the Board upon returning to the meeting.
The Treasurer's Report was accepted as submitted. Board Treasurer Bob Wines noted that 2011 wasn't the best year financially but some cost cutting measures have been taken. Trustee Jack Call noted that the water usage amount for Salineville is up according to the Operations Report. District Manager DeAngelis said there have been some water line breaks but nothing to significantly increase the amount of water used by Salineville customers. DeAngelis noted that the Elkton prison is averaging 319,000 gallons a day, the most ever used by them.
DeAngelis reported the State Auditors are currently doing the annual audit. It is expected to be completed by the end of the month. The meeting adjourned at 9:22 AM. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, at 9 AM. The meeting will be held at Village Hall located in Wellsville at 1200 Main St.