GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commission gathered for its regular meeting Tuesday night and continued conversation with concerns of aging infrastructure and ongoing maintenance.
“Did a little research on infrastructure,” said Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene. “It looks like to rebuild your infrastructure, the city of Logan is going through it right now, and it’s about a million dollars a mile (of water and sewage pipeline). They’re going to have to fork out $45 million to rebuild their infrastructure. That just gives you an idea of what we’re talking about. “
A member of the audience asked Greene how many miles the city maintained.
“I‘d say total inside and outside (the city limits), you’re looking at a total of 30 miles,” said Greene. “Simply because when you think of replacing infrastructure, you’re not only replacing your waterline. You’re replacing your sanitary sewer and your storm sewer. So, whatever mileage that you have in town of waterline, you multiply that by three and that’s where you’re going to get your start.”
Commissioner Beau Sang mentioned it was possible to not have to do the project all at once. Greene answered that was true but oftentimes lines were laid “on top of the other.” Greene did agree that the city would not have to replace all the line mileage at a time, however.
Gallipolis is looking to start working on a waterline to the Gallipolis Developmental Center soon. The Gallipolis Water Treatment Plant is looking to set up a new generator.
Gallipolis previously applied for a paving grant last fall and the Ohio Public Works Commission recently approved financial assistance for the project. The city is looking to receive $187, 227. It requires a $47,000 match from the city. Greene said he and the City Auditor and Clerk Annette Landers ideally wanted to engage in the paving project in the spring of next year, but OPWC said grant funding needed spent by the end of the year so the city would need to move on soon with paving.
The city is still looking to replace a culvert on Airport Road and make repairs to the Gallipolis City Park Bandstand and Kerr Memorial Fountain with calls going out to professionals.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.