6/16/2017 7:46:00 PM Wellston projects will support General Mills, school campus
The City of Wellstonís South Water Plant (pictured) will benefit from a major upgrade when a controller upgrade project is carried out in the near future. Wellston City Council has approved a $509,311,000 contract for a project which will modernize the plantís electrical controls. The plant serves the cityís largest employer, the General Mills Plant, as well as approximately 20 residences. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)
The City of Wellston will be embarking this summer on two major infrastructure improvement projects, which will support a factory on one end of town and a school campus on the other.
Wellston City Council members gave a unanimous "thumbs up" to both projects at a special meeting Thursday evening, June 8, when it awarded contracts to the companies who will serve as the contractors. Wellston City Engineer Tim Wojdacz told The Telegram that he expects both projects to be completed by next fall and that both should improve water service and reliability in those areas of the city.
The first project is a controller upgrade project for the South Water Plant. Council awarded a $509,311 contract to the West End Electric Co. of Portsmouth. The second project is a new water line for the section of Minnesota Avenue from Broadway Street to Golden Rocket Drive. Council awarded a $307,526.61 contract to Danny Sullivan Excavating, LLC of Coal Grove.
Wojdacz says that the planned work at the South Water Plant is an important and overdue project to upgrade the electrical controls of the plant, which is located off State Route 327 on the far south end of the city. The plant provides water service to the city's largest employer, the General Mills Plant, and also to approximately 20 residents.
Wojdacz explained the plant's electrical controls are so old it has become increasingly difficult to make repairs and even find the necessary parts to do so. As for the new Minnesota Avenue water line, there are several beneficiaries. In addition to residents living on that section of the street, the Wellston City School District and the Wellston Fire Department will benefit.
The new water line will provide a second source of water for the school campus on Golden Rocket Drive where Wellston High School and Wellston Middle School are situated. If there is a service problem or disruption with the water line running to the schools from Grady Lane, the Minnesota Avenue water line will assure that service will not be lost.
Also, the new water line is needed to properly service the new burn building of the Wellston Fire Department, which is located on Minnesota Avenue across from Golden Rocket Drive. The burn building is a training facility for firefighters which requires higher levels of water pressure than the current water line can provide.
It's also a plus that Appalachian Regional Commission grant funds and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will provide more than half of the necessary funding (approximately a total of $550,000) to pay for the two projects with the city able to finance the remainder of the costs.