Bucyrus Council talks sewer lines
At the most recent Bucyrus City Council meeting on July 3, the city’s sewer lines were a major discussion topic for council members and some residents. It started in committee reports, when Bruce Truka, chairman for the service committee, said the group discussed Ordinance No. 17–2012. The ordinance amends and supplements chapter 923, title 5, part 9 of the Codified Ordinances, entitled “Streets, Utilities and Public Services Code.”
It deals with who is responsible for the maintenance of city sewer lines. Council member Dan Wirebaugh asked about the specifics of the “right-of-way” because it was not defined in the language of the ordinance. John Walker explained that the right-of-way starts at the center of the street, but how far it extends varies for each street.
Mark Quinn was one citizen in attendance that evening. Later he addressed the council about sewer cleanouts, asking why they were being replaced. Truka responded, saying that the tiling of some of the older sewer lines needed to be replaced.
- Mark Quinn (left), a private contractor who attended the Council meeting, talks to Council member John Walker about the sewer lines during the meeting’s recess. (Inquirer photo/Matt Echelberry)
Quinn, who works as a contractor, questioned who was responsible for the cost of the replacement. According to the proposed ordinance, responsibility changes based on what is being replaced: sewer mains, sewer laterals or the cleanouts.
Ken Emerson also addressed council and suggested that the wording of the ordinance be changed to clarify specific definitions of sewer laterals. Quinn then returned to the podium and identified some technical flaws in the language of the ordinance, which sparked a discussion lasting 20 minutes about the boundaries of the right-of-way and how responsibility for replacement can change based on the right-of-way. After the discussion, council passed the first reading of the ordinance.
In terms of other committee reports, Steve Pifer, chairman of the finance committee, announced that a motion was made at its June 28 meeting to request legislation for placing the Income Tax levy and Street levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.
In communications and petitions, council referred an amendment of the Enterprise Zone to the economic development committee. In the language of the amendment, 4.4 acres is to be annexed to Bucyrus.
Mayor Roger Moore did not have an officer report, but thanked Bucyrus residents, city workers and anyone else who helped with the ongoing cleanup effort after the recent storm that swept through the area. He commented, “It was overwhelming to see so many citizens come together to help each other.”
Service Safety Director Jeff Wagner notified the council that the Verizon 4G tower that was recently installed in the city is operational and announced that an upright freezer is needed at the Aumiller Park pool.
In new and miscellaneous business, John Walker explained that the police department’s dog, Amigo, has been experiencing some medical problems and it is time to retire him. He requested that council members considered donating to the fund to send Amigo to a new home where he can live comfortably after his service to the city.
The Crawford County Fair runs July 15-July 21 and at the July 15 Concert in the Park, the John Kennedy Orchestra is performing, which begins at 7 p.m. The next Bucyrus City Council meeting is July 17 at 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.