HOLGATE — Village council Tuesday approved moving forward to have a tank inspected in the village’s water system.

Village Administrator Rob Nagel said he received a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking it to have a water tank inspected following the boil advisory issued in July after a potential source of E. coli contamination was found at the water plant. The issue stemmed from a hole on top of a 125,000-gallon tank for the water system, which provided access for birds. Birds were discovered in the system’s overflow, which alerted village officials to their presence. At that time, Nagel reported the holes were patched on the tank.

Two quotes were received for the inspection, and council approved the lowest one, which is $1,250 from Pittsburgh Tank and Tower Group. The company will also provide a recommendation of what should be done, whether it’s repairs or replacing the tank.

“From what I could see ... when we were up there when we had the welder here ... it looks like it’s rusting from the inside out,” Nagel said. “The EPA is pretty much going to want a timeline of what and when we’re going to proceed.”

In addition, Nagel said the EPA letter included changing the back flow prevention on the bulk water and having an asset management plan.

Nagel also reported there is an ongoing issue with one of its wells which could lead to a new well being needed.

“Last year it was freezing on us, and we just built a shelter over it and put a heater in it, and that solved it,” he said, adding he recently had the well examined. “The pipe (casing) is pretty much rusting, and his recommendation is drill a new well.”

Nagel said another temporary shelter could be built to get the well through this winter, but a long-term solution will be needed. If a new well is needed, Nagel said the village will have to follow all of the current stipulations from the EPA.

“We’re grandfathered in on the other three (wells) that we have, but they’re (EPA) going to want a 300-foot radius around it,” Nagel said, adding the village would most likely need to purchase property. Nagel estimated the current wells are approximately 300 feet deep, which is likely the depth that would be needed.

Mayor Blake Tijerina said more information will be brought back to council as the situation progresses.

Council also:

•Was approached by Joshua Barnes, who stated he would like to start a committee that would organize the annual community day event in the village and possibly tie it into an effort to restart the Eyes in the Sky fireworks event around the Fourth of July. Tijerina asked if Barnes would be willing to join the village’s Park Committee, which currently organizes the community day event, to learn more about the process and the events could possibly be separated from council and into a community organization down the road. Barnes agreed to join the committee.

•Was invited to the Holgate Lions Club membership drive to learn more about what the club provides for the community.

•Approved lifting the noise ordinance Saturday for an Eyes to the Skies fundraiser poker run.

•Revisited concerns previously discussed about vehicles speeding down Kaufman Street, as well as whether the parking should be changed to only permit it along one side. Tijerina said he will send letters to residents along the street asking for their input on changing the parking. The issue also brought up a discussion regarding whether there could be an increase to the patrol hours the village contracts for with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Tijerina said he will be contacting the sheriff to discuss whether the village could increase from 30 to 40 hours per week, as well as if the patrol times could be focused more during the night hours.

•Approved an ordinance directing Tijerina to proceed with the appropriation of property within the Village of Holgate that is necessary for the Elm Street Bridge replacement project that is being performed by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The property is adjacent to the Elm Street Bridge and the last known owner was Deidrich Anton Meinen, who died May 18, 1929. The ordinance was passed as an emergency and under suspension of rules requiring three readings, meaning it’s effective immediately.

•Approved placing an “In memory of Admiral Alene Duerk” sign on the newly constructed concession stand. Duerk was a graduate of Holgate High School and the first female rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. She died in 2018.

•Approved fiscal officer Sally Briggs to attend an Ohio Municipal League Annual Fall Conference.

•Set trick-or-treat for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30-7 p.m. A Holgate Lions Club party will start at 7 p.m. at the fire department. A trunk or treat will also be set up at the park during the trick-or-treat time.

•Fall clean-up will be from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23-25 at the former swimming pool parking lot. This is for Holgate residents only, and items such as brush, concrete, tire and paint are not permitted.

•Held an executive session regarding personnel.

Upcoming committee meetings will include a Safety Committee meeting and a Personnel Committee meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 24. A Parks Committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

Council’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

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