MIDDLEPORT — A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a $486,325 project of extendingMiddleport Village water lines and installing fire hydrants in the Hobson area was held Friday afternoon.
The area where the water lines were installed was annexed into Middleport Village many years ago with a promise to the residents that they would be provided with village water and fire protection. An Ohio EPA grant of $192,699 and a zero percent loan of $296,614 to be repaid in bi-annual payments of $4,892 made it possible for the village to proceed.
TAM Construction handled the water line extension phase which extended into Leading Creek, Clonch Road, Lagoon Road, and Powell Road of the Hobson area, and the installation of 13 fire hydrants. Six and eight inch water lines were installed. The hydrants put in place are individually designed to produce from 500 to 990 gallons of water per minute. Different colors are used to designate output, according to Faymon Roberts, village administrator.
It was noted that while all of the water lines have been laid, some connections to houses remain to be completed.
Among those participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were Mayor Michael Gerlach, Middleport Council members Sandy Brown and Rae Moore; Curtis Strickland, Rural Community Assistance Program, who worked on project funding; Don Hysell, field supervisor for Middleport’s Public Works Department;Kurt Montle, president of TAM Construction; and Debbie Gerlach, president of the Middleport Community Association.
A certification of congratulations on completion of the water project was received from Senator Sherrod Brown.