|Last week's progress is pictured here. The tower to the right|
is an existing manhole that was exposed after the digging. Tanks
for the wet well are due to arrive this week and will be placed in the
hole on the left of that tower.
|A huge mound of dirt was dug from the|
hole temporarily changing the landscape
next to the Stevenson foundry.
Wellsville is on the verge of some very exciting times as a player in the developing production of oil & gas from drilling in the Marcellus & Utica shale in the region. In addition to a lot of work being done to expand existing transportation facilities with the Columbiana Port Authority’s Intermodal Park and Marathon Oil there are whispers of industrial expansion in our area. If even part of the rumors are true it’ll be an exciting moving forward period for our Village. We won’t speculate but we’ve been given hints it’s getting close to buckle up and hold on to your hats.
Part of that preparation to get ready is the upgrading of the Village infrastructure. Although money for financing upgrades is still very tight Village officials were able to start the first phase of a project that has been in the making for some time. The overall project will eventually stretch from 2nd Street all the way through town to the Wellsville Sewage Treatment Plant. This past week saw the start of rehabilitating the “forced main” sewage line. The forced main is a sewage line that runs from 2nd Street to 17th for the upper part of the Village. Sewage from homes & businesses all through that area flow to that main line and is forced to the treatment plant by pumps. Being in the oldest part of the Village the pumps and lines are very old and have been showing their age. Repairing line breaks over the years is very costly.
Upgrading that system is very important to the progression of Wellsville that is expected in the coming months and years. Having available a reliable infrastructure makes our Village very attractive to new businesses and residents that want to be part of the action. With the ever improving source of water provided by the Buckeye Water District these past few years having a reliable, trouble free sewer system is a must for Wellsville to move forward. Not being forced to spend scarce money with emergencies to repair breaks will be another plus.
Rudzik Excavation of Struthers was awarded the contract to replace the pumps at 2nd Street and to install a new wet well. Pictured here is part of the hole dug as part of that project. A nearby neighbor told us yesterday the water seen seeping in is river water. Although the hole where the water is seen is only some 20 feet deep it is below the surface level of the river.
The contract given to Rudzik was awarded last year but with budget restraints and the inability to acquire additional grants the start of the project was delayed. Village administrators did not answer our e-mail asking for details on the additional funding needed to get this phase started. Nor was our question about future plans to replace the rest of the forced main answered but that is understandable. It is probably unknown at this time since Village officials are still forced to operate on a very tight budget.