Mt. Sterling continues prep for new water tower

(Posted March 13, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Preparations continue to move forward for replacement of Mount Sterling’s water tower. On March 11, village council gave Mayor Andy Drake the green light to put the village’s name in the hopper for an EPA loan should the project cost come in higher than the funds the village already has set aside.

“We’ve made no secret of the fact this project is going to take a long time, and from beginning to end, probably the cost is going to change. We need to be able to cover any difference. (An EPA loan) may not be ultimately used, but we should have it available if we have to have it,” Drake said.

The cost estimate for the project, made in the spring of 2022, is $1.37 million. The village has set aside $1.62 million for the project in the form of state and federal grants. The village hopes to cover the cost entirely with no-cost grants but wants backup options in place. An EPA loan is one possible option for covering any additional costs. The application for consideration for an EPA loan is due this month. After that, the next opportunity to apply is next year. Approval is not guaranteed.

The estimated start date for construction of the water tower is this September. Completion is estimated for late next year.

Council business
During the business portion of the March 11 meeting, council approved the following:

• expansion of the tree and beautification committee to eight members and appointment of Kathi Carson to the committee;

• the village’s membership with the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission; and

• an agreement with IGS for technical services to reduce utility costs in village facilities.

Additional reports
While all of the village’s fire hydrants are functional, some are leaking. Crews are going to repair or rebuild 17 hydrants.

The village is hosting three movie nights at Mason Park this summer. The first one is set for the last Saturday in June. The parks and recreation committee will choose the movies at their next meeting set for 6 p.m. April 22 at town hall.

This year’s community clean-up days are May 3-5. The village is once again collaborating with Mount Sterling Nazarene. The event offers opportunities for residents to get help with clean-up projects and for volunteers to do the work.

The tree and beautification committee is hosting two Arbor Day events. The first is slated for 10 a.m. April 19 at Mason Park. Third-graders from Madison-Plains Local Schools will help to mulch newly planted trees and learn about the importance of trees. The public is invited to attend. The second event is set for 10 a.m. to noon on the town hall lawn. The committee will give away tree saplings and shrubs. The public will have 10 varieties from which to choose. There is a limit of five items per person.

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