GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commission met Tuesday evening to discuss ongoing maintenance issues as well as the results of last weekend’s Hoop Project activities.
According to City Manager Gene Greene’s report, maintenance crews have been working on potholes and road issues up near the Gallipolis Developmental Center.
Water meters throughout the city were also a topic of conversation. Greene said a water meter’s life is typically considered 10 years. With new smart water meters, workers in city offices can get a reported live reading on the amount of water used by a property. The newer meters would also allow for water flow to be shut off from a remote location.
“Our new meters aren’t giving us too much of a hard time but we just wanted to look into this and maybe get some kind of a plan when we have to start replacing them,” said Greene. “I’d like to replace a few at a time. There are about 3,000 meters out there of ours and it’s about $125 a piece (to replace them)….I’d like to do a little bit at a time. It’s not an emergency, we just want to get ready for it.”
Greene reported that a local contractor was replacing old service gas lines and the city was going back to patch the holes. The city manager reported that state workers along Pine Street were replacing handicap ramps along sidewalks as of the last few days.
“We’ve been working on an electrical contract,” said Greene. “We opened bids last Friday and it looks like we had four bidders.”
Greene noted the other bidders were consortiums. Greene said he felt AEP’s energy charge rate was lower than when the city had signed another energy contract three years ago. The city does not currently have a contract with AEP. Greene said within six months, if circumstances had changed, AEP and the city could renegotiate a contract if energy rates changed. Greene said some of the other entities would not be willing to renegotiate a contract if rates changed. The commissioners have until October to make a decision.
“Any option we take, we’ll be paying less than what we are now,” said Greene.
Commissioner Matt Johnson said he felt the Hoop Project was a success over the weekend and a few injuries were addressed over the course of the event. He recorded around 95 volunteers both days of the event.
“I would love to know what those two days provide for economically to our local businesses,” said Johnson. “Historically, (some) restaurants have their best days of the year (during the Hoop Project). I wish others would participate a bit more, but you can lead a horse to water and can’t make them drink.”
Johnson noted he had listened to concerns about the event’s continual growth and what that would mean for parking and traffic in City Park.
“It’s come into question whether we want to continue to do it and whether we want to do it (in its current location),” said Johnson. “We need to have some discussions (with the project organizers and city) because I’d hate to see it go away…I still think it’s one of the most worthwhile things that I have the pleasure to volunteer in.”
Johnson’s chief concern appeared to be the size of the event and how that would be handled in the future.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.