Fayette's Ohio Street water line may be replace 2013.01.16

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council hopes to address a troublesome water issue while construction workers are already in town for the sewer project.

An old water line has broken repeatedly over recent years on Ohio Street leading toward Fayette Feed Mill and village administrator Steve Blue is working with the Arcadis engineering firm to replace the line.

Blue told council members last week that Arcadis will look over the area and determine the best place for a new line.

"I hope to incorporate it into the CSO [sewer] project and then Fayette will pay 25 percent of the cost," he said. The larger portion of the cost would come from the contingency fund of the sewer project, if approved by the Ohio EPA. He figures the line would likely break during construction of the sewer line project anyway.

Council member Julia Ruger was concerned about the cost of the project, but Dave Wheeler sees the work in a different way.

"If we don't fix it in this project, it will cost us a lot more later," he said—the entire cost rather than 25 percent.

Wheeler noted that village workers have had to dig up the street at least seven times in the past two years to repair breaks.

The village's share of the cost could pay for itself, Blue suggested, by eliminating the need for future repairs.

Blue put a rough estimate on the Ohio Street work at $20,000 for trenching and laying the new line.

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