Extending larger water lines to the area of town near the Belington Civic Center is a top priority for Belington Council, officials said Thursday. While the project may span several years, council members said steady progress is the key to completing the upgrades.
During the council meeting, Water Commissioner Don Harris said he investigated the possibility of upgrading the current water lines that serve residents living near Serpel and Judson streets and Howard Avenue. He said the lines must be six inches or larger for adequate fire protection. He said the project would require an engineer to design it and the city would have to obtain permits from the Health Department.
According to Harris' estimates, it will cost about $150,000 for a contractor to install the water line on Judson Street. He said one fire hydrant cost about $1,600.
"It's going to be pretty expensive," Harris said. "I think it's a good idea that we sit down and design the project. It's much needed."
Belington Mayor Jody Haller is in favor of the project and hopes to get it underway in the near future. He recommended the project be turned over to the water and sewage committees for further review. Council members voted 7-0 to develop a cost analysis for upgrading the water lines.
"The project we are trying to work toward is providing the citizens in the Serpel, Judson and Howard Street areas with better water access," Haller said. "We've got some apartments and big complexes and a rest home in that area. We want to provide better water flow, more pressure and better fire protection. If the fire company has to go up there they will be dealing with some issues that pertain to having enough water supply."
In effort to save money, Haller suggested doing the project in phases and using city workers.
"I think if the city can financially do it on their own and use our manpower and look at it in phase, we can save some money," Haller said. "We will also be making progress toward the issue. Some things just don't happen overnight."
Council member Thomas Yokum suggested doing the project one street at a time to avoid having to bid the project out to a contractor.
"Even if it takes us a couple of years, at least we will be making progress," Yokum said. "That's better than sitting around and doing nothing."
In other council news, council members approved a business permit for Wind Meal Pizza, Subs and More. The business owners are Bradford Robinson and Nicholas Cross and is located at the Belington Industrial Park.
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