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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Council OKs ordinance providing sewer service to Midwest Electric

By Janie Southard
ST. MARYS - Council agreed to provide Midwest Electric with sewer service in an emergency ordinance passed Monday night, a step the mayor pronounced "good for everyone."
Located about a mile east of the city on route 33A, Midwest Electric recently completed a large addition to their existing facility. The EPA is requiring the Midwest facility to have a sewer treatment system.
"Basically it was cheaper for them to come down McKinley Road and force feed into the Parker Hannifin (Iift) system. This is all at no cost to the city. Midwest will pay all charges to tie in to the lift station plus surcharges plus the monthly commercial rate," Mayor Greg Freewalt said following the meeting.
In his report to council, Safety Service Director Tom Hitchcock noted the fire department has had, to date, 800 ambulance runs, 257 fire runs, 78 miscellaneous and 95 complaints.
The city soon expects to learn that Ohio EPA has finalized the Permit to Install (PTI) for the new wastewater treatment plant. The state EPA recently sent a report of "no significant impact findings," which is another step completed toward the PTI.
Procedures are well underway to close the municipal power plant as expected in mid-December. More than 450 tons of coal have been removed from the coal yard. Plant personnel are boxing miscellaneous stock room parts.
The electric department responded to 20 service requests: 10 street light, three tree limbs in wire and seven underground utility locates. Rope lighting has been replaced on the gazebo, covered bridge and canal boat, all in Memorial Park.
Also, all Christmas lights and decorations in the park have been installed.
Work is expected to begin this week on the construction of the utility/tax office parking deck.
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