By Linda Dillman
The days of mineral deposits on sinks and faucets, reduced appliance lifespan and musty odors/earthy smells in the water of Blacklick Estates residents are expected to come to an end next year when a new softening system goes online.
Aqua Ohio area manager Greg Odell told the Madison Township trustees the company is waiting for EPA approval in order to move ahead with the approximately $1.2 million project, which is expected to reduce water hardness levels from 400 ppm to 120-150 ppm.
Aqua Ohio investigated options including a connection with the city of Columbus and an ionizing exchange softening system utilizing salt, but decided the best plan was to install a reverse osmosis system. The final monthly cost for consumers is yet to be established.
“Orders are in place. Everything is ready to go,” Odell said. “Hopefully, in a couple of months we’ll begin construction. It will be done early next year.”
The news was tempered by Odell’s announcement the company notified the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio it plans to file by the end of November to raise water rates for its customers. The company is not asking for an increase for its sewer rates.
Trustee Gary McDonald said bills went up last year from a 2011 rate case and the potential for another increase in water rates will be difficult for Blacklick Estates customers.
“My rate is right around $90 a month for two people,” McDonald said. “You put on another $7 or $8 rate increase and that would be hard for our customers. How much more is this going to cost us? Times are hard.”
Spanglers and Rose honored
Madison Township is renaming its public works facility in memory and honor of road superintendents Paul Spangler and his son, Terry.
Terry is retiring Dec. 31 after a career spanning a quarter century. He began in 1989 as a road department worker and became superintendent in 1993.
Paul began his tenure in 1980 as a road worker before he became superintendent and retired after 13 years. He passed away in 2001.
“Paul always had what was best for the township at heart,” said Trustee Victor Paini. “He was tough, but fair, and told it like it was. He believed in giving everyone a fair chance.”
According to Paini, Terry’s wife, Brenda, convinced her husband that taking a pay cut to work with the township was the best direction for Terry.
“The job turned out to be a life-saver for Terry and his family,” said Paini. “Terry shared and developed his traits much like Paul’s…tough, but fair; always having the best interest of the township at heart. He knows the township inside and out. He works hard and doesn’t complain.”
Terry thanked the trustees for their love and respect and commended his fellow workers for their service.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Terry. “They have everybody’s interest at heart. The crew’s been good to me.”
The trustees also recognized Blacklick Estate Blockwatch organizer Sandy Rose for her contributions to the community.
Rose is stepping down from her position with the organization.
“Sandy started and ran the Blacklick Estates Blockwatch for the last five years,” said Paini. “With her participation in the community, a lot of impressive events have been held and she’s dedicated a lot of time. Mad about Madison was her idea. She was very helpful with the police levy and she helped advertise drug awareness.”
Rose said she appreciates the assistance of the police department, township and fellow Blockwatch workers Marty Baker and Patricia Eldridge. Although the Blockwatch is now in a state of limbo, Rose said perhaps it will start back up sometime in the future.
“I have enjoyed it so much,” said Rose. “Everybody has been so helpful from the township staff all the way to the prosecutor’s office. I’ll still come to township meetings and attend things having to do with water issues. They haven’t gotten completely rid of me yet.”