Funding source for sewer upgrades in ‘holding pattern’

Amber Gillenwater

January 28, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — During a special Gallipolis City Commission meeting held last week, Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney gave a brief update on possible grant funding for upcoming planned improvements to the city’s sanitary sewer system.

Finney reported that, during a recent Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) meeting, the city’s application for Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding in regard to possible upgrades to the sewer system along Cruzet and Berger Avenues and Riverview Drive was ranked seventh among other projects within the region, and will not be immediately funded.

“They only fund five, but we’ll be on a list in a holding pattern. If somebody drops out, we might have a possibility of getting on [the list], but we’ll see,” Finney said.

During a meeting earlier this year, the city manager discussed the city’s plans for overall improvements to the sanity sewer system over the next several years, including a $75,000 upgrade to the Spruce Street lift station in 2014 and possible upgrades along Berger, Cruzet and Riverview, where, if funded, the city hoped work would begin in late 2014.

Also discussed during the meeting was an emergency resolution on the agenda that, once passed, will aid the Our House Museum in gaining grant funding to help repair brick on the building, replace a chimney and fix stones along the building’s foundation — a resolution that must be passed by Feb. 1.

This emergency resolution, along with three emergency ordinances, was tabled by the commissioners as Commission Vice President Jay Cremeens was absent during the meeting, and, as such, the legislation could not be passed as an emergency.

The commissioners further scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in order to pass the presented legislation as emergencies. A budget hearing will be held immediately following this session at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the Gallipolis Municipal Building.

Also during the meeting, the city voted to place the newest commission member, Tony Gallagher, as the city’s representative on the Gallia County Family and Children First Council, as well as on the Community Improvement Corporation’s (CIC) Executive Committee, while commissioner Mike Brown agreed to attend Gallipolis in Bloom Committee meetings on behalf of the commission.

The commission also unanimously voted to place Barbara Wallen on the sinking fund board.

Also discussed was a request that has been made to the city to place a house located in the 600 block of Fourth Ave. on the list for grant funding for possible demolition. The commissioners are expected to make a decision on this issue during their next meeting.

The commission passed the first reading of a resolution authorizing the city manager to grant an easement to American Electric Power (AEP) for electric service to the water pollution control facility. Commission President Steve Wallis abstained from voting on this resolution in order to avoid a possible conflict of interest.