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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 09/25/13
WT OKs more money for
water storage facility
by KIMBERLY SCHERERFollowing the approval to spend an initial $20,000 on Washington Township's water storage facility, the Board of Trustees voted to spend more money now that a cost break down is in place.
Observer Special Writer
"There are certain things we need to do before we go to bid," Supervisor Dan O'Leary said.
Township engineers at Giffels-Webster provided a cost break down for the board detailing cost estimates for what's next up for the project. A topographical survey and geotechnical investigation for the proposed land will be followed by the engineering design.
O'Leary said the first two are important because they will ensure the land, which will likely be situated between Fire Station 2 and the water and sewer building, will be able to hold up the water facility structure. If not, the study will determine if footings will be needed, and will address other potential issues.
O'Leary said it will likely be April 2014 before the township is ready to begin the bidding process for the project.
The board voted during its Sept. 18 meeting to spend $270,000 of the $4 million project.
To hammer out some details that weren't discussed before, Trustee Lisa Rapp wanted to know if other sites were considered before the current one was selected and before money is spent on land studies.
Township Engineer Mike Kozak said they first took a look at township-owned properties because it would keep the cost of the project low. The spot between the Fire Station and water sewer building worked out well because it's at a high point in the township and there is a water main already in place. Kozak added that since the water system is pressurized, it doesn't matter if its location is near the bulk of residential and commercial buildings.
Another concern was brought up by Trustee Abby Jacobson concerning the screening of the facility once it's constructed.
"Yes, I am an adjacent property owner, but whether I was or not I feel the ordinance that we have in place to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community . . . I believe screening is very important," she said, adding that it should be done right away and not 10 years later.
Jacobson said the issue should go before the Planning Commission for its recommendation and she said the township should observe the screening ordinance that is in place.
O'Leary said it will go before the Planning Commission for an advisory review, like they did when the Fire Station was in the planning stage.
"That would be our intent in this case," he said. "We're not going to do anything irresponsible."
"It doesn't send the right message if we're not trying to live within the ordinances that we set in place. We should make every attempt to follow the ordinances, just like we did when we built the fire station," said Rapp.