Buckeye Water District held two Special Board of Trustees meetings this week. The first meeting was held at the Administration Offices Tuesday to pass a resolution certifying that the district will be in compliance with minority business participation stipulations required by the Ohio Public Works Commission. The district is in the process of applying for an OPWC grant to extend water service along Duke Road in the Calcutta area. If awarded the grant will be part of the funding to extend that water service to a mobile home park and to any other customers along that St. Clair Township road. Water district officials stated that the affirmative plan action is always part of any project they undertake. The special meeting was called to correct an unintended omission in the original application to OPWC.
The second Special BOTs meeting was held Friday morning in the Conference Room at the Water Treatment Plant. The purpose of the meeting was the on-going litigation with the City of East Liverpool and went into a 53 minute Executive Session. The on-going litigation pertains to the amount to be paid to East Liverpool to satisfy the court ordered settlement in the breach-of-contract lawsuit. The money was awarded as a result of the Courts finding Buckeye Water District in the wrong terminating the purchase of water from East Liverpool. The Court finding has stood up under several appeals. The water district has agreed to pay the settlement but the lawyers for that City keep asking for larger amounts in the name of interest they allege was earned on the amount of the original award.
At this morning’s meeting a motion was passed by the Board to proceed and add the $1.5 million being loaned to the district by the Columbiana County Commissioners. The Commissioners offered the loan to help settle the lawsuit. District Legal Advisor Fred Emmerling explained the motion is authorizing the District to sign any legal documents necessary to use the County’s money in the settlement. The total settlement being offered to the City of East Liverpool is $5.935 million. Emmerling remarked a motion has been filed in CC Common Pleas Court asking that the settlement be enforced by the Court. A hearing has been scheduled for Monday, December 10 to take the latest motion into consideration.ole nib