The Buckeye Water District held their October Board of Trustees meeting this past Thursday morning at Wellsville Village Hall. Board President Mike Ryan presided.
After the approval of minutes of previous meetings the Board went into a 17 minute Executive Session for the litigation regarding the East Liverpool breach-of-contract settlement with District Attorney Fred Emmerling. No comments were made or action was taken when they returned.
Board V.P. Bob Wines reported that everything was found to be in order in a Finance Committee meeting held this past Wednesday and the Treasurer’s Report was accepted as submitted.
A resolution was passed changing the 2013 health insurance coverage from Anthem to Health America Ohio Flex Choice Program. The Anthem policy was brokered through the East Liverpool Cooper Insurance firm and the new Health America policy is handled through the Burnham & Flower Ins. Co. located in Blacklick, OH.
Insurance Committee Chairman Jack Call noted the coverage is basically the same but with some changes in the deductibles. The change will mean a cost savings to the Water District of nearly $30,000 per year. A series of meetings were held with Buckeye employees and management before it was decided to recommend the change to the full board.
District Manager Al DeAngelis reported that discussions with St. Clair Township trustees were very positive with having them apply for a possible CDBG grant funding for the Duke Road waterline extension. The extension on the Calcutta area road would enable residents to tie into the Buckeye system. A request by owners of a mobile home park along Duke Road initiated action for the possible project. DeAngelis also reported that applications have been completed and submitted for possible Ohio Public Works funding for both the Duke Road extension and the Frederick Heights project which is also in St. Clair Twp.
A letter was read from a Wellsville customer praising Buckeye employees for the quick and professional solving of a problem he was experiencing. The problem was being caused by the aged water lines the district inherited from the village. Also a request for installation of individual meters to each mobile home in Sunrise Trailer Court along Crawford Road will be referred to the Service Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 9:31 AM. The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 15 at 9 AM at Wellsville Village Hall. Three other meetings have already been announced since last Thursday. On Tuesday, October 23 the Computer Study Committee will meet at 10 AM at the Water Treatment Plant located at 17547 State Route 45. On Wednesday, October 24 the Rate Committee will meet at 10 AM in the Administration office at 1925 Clark Avenue. The last meeting for the week scheduled so far will be a Special Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, October 25 at 10 AM. That meeting will also be held at the Water Treatment Plant covering the never ending negotiation of a litigation settlement with East Liverpool and is expected to be in Executive Session.