1 S. London St  Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143
                                    If the weather on Thursday is any omen, construction on Mount Sterling’s new water treatment                                     plant should go well.
                                    Numerous remarks about the beautiful spring weather could be heard before dozens of men                                     and women grabbed a gold-painted spade to ceremonially toss some newly dried out dirt on a                                     piece of outdoor carpet.

                                    It marks the beginning of a 14-month process, which has been designed by IBI group of                                     Westerville and will be built by Jay-Car Construction of Mount Sterling.

                                    “We feel thrilled to be here,” said Kevin Wood, vice president for IBI group.

                                    The $6.7 million water treatment plant is the largest project for the village IBI group has done.
                                    Dave Joselin, president of Jay-Car Construction, thanked IBI for selecting his company for the                                     “much-needed” project.
                                    “We’ve been a part of the village for many years,” Joselin said. “It’s something for the village                                     that will give us good, clean water for next 100 years.”

The new plant will have a capacity of 864,000 gallons per day, said Randy Stoll, project manager of IBI group. The village’s current usage is approximately 300,000 gallons per day so the new plant will be able to handle increase usage of nearly three times the current usage.

Water will be drawn from newly drilled wells, which are being located adjacent to Mason Park, just west of the water treatment plant’s site. Stoll said Ohio EPA has tested the water from the wells and deemed it safe.
The water will be further purified through a filtration system, which will remove iron and manganese. The water will then be softened through the reverse osmosis process.

The plant is being financed through a low-interest, 30-year loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA). The rate for the $6.7 million over 30 years is 0.96 percent on the first $3 million, the 2.9 percent on the remaining $3.7 million.

With construction completed by June 2017, it is projected to be on line by July 2017, Stoll said. Eventually the current treatment plant will be decommissioned, but will remain available until all tests have been run and everyone is comfortable with the operation and output of the new plant.

“That’s the beauty of this project, they operate independent of each other,” Stoll said.

Wood noted the original brick building served as the village’s electrical plant before it was converted to the water treatment plant.

Martin said of the current building, the preliminary discussion includes using the site as a secondary maintenance site for village workers.

In his remarks on Thursday, Mayor Lowell Anderson said the village is building the plant “for generations unseen.”
Water rates, which were increased in 2014, will remain the same “for some time,” Anderson said.

For water alone, residential customers pay $4.90 for the first 1,000 gallons (one unit) plus a $15.50 monthly debt service fee for $20.40 per month.

Add to it a one-unit sewer service charge and the baseline monthly water and sewer bill is $32.48.

By Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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The CHIP program is designed to assist low and moderate income residents with means to make home repairs. The County CHIP program is offering:

-Home repair assistance: Funds are available to assist homeowners residing in London and in the County, outside of the city of London, to repair one or two major deficiencies to their owner-occupied single-family homes.  CHIP home repair assistance is a grant.

-Private Owner Rehabilitation: Funds are available to help homeowners residing in London and in the County to bring their homes up to code.  CHIP Home Rehabilitation assistance is deferred, 100% forgivable five-year loan.

Interested households should contact Emma Hall, Case worker, Madison County CHIP office to obtain additional information.  The CHIP program telephone number is 937-728-8978

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2016 planned road construction around the Mt. Sterling area.
Community Service Program  
We had one community service worker who started his hours last week.  He was assigned to one of our employees and worked on various projects in the street department.

Waste Water Treatment Plant
We started on the list of items on the waste plant.  Many of these are routine maintenance but noted here to let you know that on-going maintenance is important to keep our infrastructure functioning.

New Water Supply Plant
Planning is on going for ground breaking on April 14 at 10:00 am on the site.  The list of participants was finalized and invitations sent out.  Expect delivery of the completed plant remains June 23, 2017.

Current Water Supply Plant Repairs:
Work was completed on the aerator tower.  It was quite dilapidated due to not being maintained.  It was cleaned, power-washed and new media was installed.  It was back in service as of Friday afternoon and working as designed.

Hydrant Flushing:
The next hydrant flushing will be scheduled for a couple weeks after the water supply plant repairs are complete.

I am continuing work on the HR package that includes an organizational chart, job descriptions, pay charts, time sheets and a process for accrual and debit of leave.

Street Sign / Stop Signs / Speed Bumps:
We replaced several faded stop signs in alleys.  We posted several intersection signs at locations that had none.  We are waiting for art work and quote from Kleem Signs for new signs for the two intersections downtown.

Cliffview water run-off:
We spoke to Morrison Excavating to seek a quote on the work to drain water from the area.  He will give us a written estimate to include surveying, line location and materials.  We will have more to report when we receive the quote.

Street / Alley Maintenance:
We are continuing our alley and street maintenance.  Holes are filled as we see them or get reports from residents.  The curb replacement was complete on High St. near the water supply plant.  We have not flooded the area yet to determine run off time - we will do that in the next couple of days.  During a recent heavy rain, it seems to be draining well towards the catch basin.

Storm Drain / Water Supply / Waste Pipes:
We evaluated the storm basin on Yankeetown St. and Woods Ave.  It was obstructed with debris and gravel.  It was vacuumed out and water jetted north towards Sterling Crossings.  We then cleaned beyond Sterling Crossings to clear any obstructions further down the system.  After the last rain, it seemed to drain better from the Woods Ave. area.

Community Center / Health Center:
We posted the Madison Health banners in the village.  We are seeking signage from them to place on the chain link panels at the five entry points to the village. Other businesses in the village will also provide signs to post on the panels.  We have discussed with Madison Health the idea of them providing signs to post at intersections directing drivers to the center.

Meetings Attended:
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Mount Sterling Breaks Ground on the Water Treatment Plant
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office encourages county residents to dispose of unused or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter medications on national Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30, the public can bring the medications to the office’s communications center at Elm and Garfield streets in London.

This is the office’s 9th Annual Drug Take-Back Day, held in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

“We can’t emphasize enough the importance of this event,” said Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin. “Medications no longer used but stored in the medicine cabinet or on the shelf over the kitchen sink are potential opportunities for misuse by family members, including school-age children as well as adults.”
Deputies will staff the drop-off point and will accept any form of pills, capsules, tablets, cold remedies, painkillers, vitamins, ointments, creams, inhalants, and liquids—with no questions asked regardless of the quantity. However, needles and syringes will not be accepted.

t is recommended for privacy purposes that the patient’s name, the name of the drug, and other pertinent information be removed from a medication.

According to the DEA, during last year’s Drug Take-Back Day, 3,800 federal, state and local agencies took in more than 702,365 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted drugs at more than 5,000 collection sites throughout the country.

The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, the majority of which are obtained by families and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

“Madison County is not immune to the national drug epidemic, especially the illegal use of heroin,” Sabin said. “Those unused or expired medications stored in the family medicine cabinet pose a curiosity for young children and a temptation for teens who may have given into peer pressure to try drugs as a cool thing to do. They don’t recognize that they are placing themselves at risk for drug abuse and addiction which can ruin their futures as well as cause great stress and anxiety for their families.”

Since the first drug take-back day, the sheriff’s office has collected at its check point more than 400 pounds of medications from county residents. Overall, since 2010, the DEA has collected 5,525,021 pounds of drugs through drug take-back day initiatives.

Lt. Eric Semler, who heads the sheriff’s office investigation unit, points to the family medicine cabinet as an open introduction not only to drug abuse but also to home thefts.

"In many cases of addiction to prescription medications, heroin and other narcotics, such as OxyContin or Percocet, it began with what a person found in the family medicine cabinet,” Semler said. “This addiction can lead a person intent on feeding his or her habitual drug abuse to break into a home in pursuit of drugs or items that can be sold to finance that habit.”

Voicing his concern, he added, “I highly recommend getting those medications out of the home and taking them to the drug take-back point for proper disposal.”

Sabin also urged families and administrators at senior living centers to check on medications that seniors may have been taking that have expired or are no longer needed as they can cause confusion regarding dosage regimens.

“Drug Take-Back Day provides our residents the opportunity to help make their homes as well as our county a safer place to live and enjoy,” he said.

For more information on Drug Take-Back Day, contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 852-1212.
Drug Take-Back Day
April 30th, 10:00 am - 2:00pm
Madison County Sheriff's Office - 222 Garfield Ave.  London, Ohio