The United States Geological Society (USGS) has made modifications and improvements along the Clear Fork River according to discussion at last night’s village council meeting.
They are making changes to their gauges and the water flow along the river stated Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks. “They are making some progress,” he told council members.
The modifications are part of their several year study along the Clear Fork. As part of the assessment of the Clear Fork tributary, the USGS will examine its flood occurrences, water height, rain’s impact and a host of other issues.
They will then present their findings to the Clear Fork subdivision of the Muskingum Watershed District that will analyze the cost versus benefits of engineering a solution to the flooding. The public can access their data at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/, as well as sign up for text alerts that notify residents when the river has risen beyond a certain height.
Any engineered alterations to the river would most likely take an additional several years.
Along with the update on the Clear Fork, Banks filled members in on the progress of acquiring a new village administrator.
“We have five resumes in right now,” said Banks. “And I got three phone calls from interested people over the weekend.”
The mayor stated that he plans to bring copies of the applicants’ resumes to the next meeting and have council members decide who to approach for a further interview.
According to the current Bellville Village Administrator Chuck Pscholka, bids are opening for Phase IIB of the Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 23. The potential bids will open up construction on the final phase of the project that will compete improvements to the plant and the Greenbrier Lift Station.
Additionally, Pscholka stated that progress is moving slowly on the current phase of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The village is waiting for SDOX equipment to be shipped from the BlueInGreen Company located in Arkansas. SDOX is an oxygen dissolving system designed to improve water quality.
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