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|12-12-02: Developer for Wal-Mart store
to give city $30,000
|By SEAN RICE
The Daily Standard
RG Properties, the Columbus company committed to constructing a
Wal-Mart Supercenter in Celina, has agreed to furnish the city with $30,000 to assist with
bringing water and sewer to the Havemann Road site.
Celina Safety-Service Director Mike Sovinski gave members of the
utilities committee the update at an afternoon meeting Wednesday, and also filled them in
on the latest on the city's situation with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Sovinski said two water lines and a sewer line will be installed under
Havemann Road, coming from the direction of the current Wal-Mart. That work will occur
before work gets underway for the complete road reconstruction and widening project
beginning next year, paid for by nearly $1 million in grant money.
Finding a solution to the city's drinking water problems will cost the
city approximately $100,000 to $150,000 in engineering costs alone, Sovinski told the
City officials and the Ohio EPA are continuously in contact regarding
actions on the city's "findings and orders" from the state agency.
Ohio EPA issued the city findings and orders for failing to keep
trihalomethane (THM) levels in drinking water within the legal limits on numerous
occasions for several years. THMs are believed to cause certain types of cancer during a
lifetime of exposure.
The committee learned Wednesday that the ozone generator at the Celina
Water Treatment Plant has not worked properly since it was installed more than five years
ago. While the device does manage taste and odor problems with the water, the ozone is not
being diffused into the water to the fullest extent.
Sovinski said the system can be modified to work better and it may
reduce the THM levels in the water, which may buy the city a couple years before diving
into a new plant.
Sovinski said the EPA may allow the minor modification, because the
water quality will actually be improved while the city spends three years planning and
possibly building a new plant. Without the change, city water will remain degraded during
the entire planning-construction process.
On a low note, Sovinski is no longer certain the $20,000 fine attached
to the findings and orders can be negotiated out of the citation, but he is still in
discussion with the EPA, he said.
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