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Planned improvements to the city’s water treatment and upcoming fall cleanup were among issues discussed by Follansbee Council on Monday. (Photo by Warren Scott)

FOLLANSBEE — On Monday Mayor David Velegol Jr. updated Follansbee Council on upcoming improvements to the city’s water treatment system.

Velegol said the project will include the replacement of aging water lines and installation of valves to reduce the need to discontinue service to large areas of the city’s customer base when line breaks occur.

He added there also are plans to install new fire hydrants and possibly establish a larger tank on Hooverson Heights to increase the system’s ability to douse fires.

The mayor told council the goal is to seek bids for the project in March.

Velegol noted there were plans initially to increase capacity at the downtown water treatment plant and use the Hooverson Heights water plant as a booster station.

But while costs for the upgrades would be less, it was determined the overall expense of running the entire system from the downtown plant would be higher, he said.

Several years ago a link was created between the two plants, allowing either to serve as a backup for the other.

It has been considered valuable because the downtown plant is served by underground wells while the Hooverson Heights plant draws water from the Ohio River.

In other business:

¯ City Police Chief Larry Rea said Ewusiak Development has asked permission to create a one-way street from the former Follansbee Middle School property the business purchased in May to the adjacent Mark Avenue.

Rea said the street will convey staff and visitors to new businesses at the site to the side street and will be far enough from its intersection with state Route 2 that it won’t trigger a motion-sensitive sensor for the traffic signal there.

¯ Rea said Dan Posey, Brooke County’s animal control officer, has set traps for rodents in alleys.

Council has received reports of a greater number of the vermin being seen.

Velegol said he’s drafting a letter reminding residents not to leave their garbage out days before pickup, something believed to have attracted them.

In related business, City Manager John DeStefano said the city’s fall cleanup will be held Oct. 26-30. Residents may leave bulky refuse out on the days of their regular garbage pickup that week.

Paint that has been dried by adding sand or cat litter will be accepted. Wet paint, construction materials, tires, car batteries, oils and anything containing refrigerants won’t be accepted.

¯ Fourth Ward Councilwoman Alexis Russell said some Parkview residents have asked for a Slow sign near Walker Road and Woodland Street to be made a Stop sign to deter speeding.

Street Superintendent Steve Meca said some years ago residents there asked for a Slow sign instead of a stop because drivers tended to slide when stopping there during icy conditions.

Russell agreed to speak to residents again.

She also pushed for the city’s new communications app to be used more to announce boil orders, road closings and other timely information.

¯ Fifth Ward Councilwoman Wendy DeAngelis and Councilman at large John Casinelli asked for new playground equipment for the Highland Hills subdivision, with Casinelli adding the fence there needs to be repainted.

Meca said the park there and another on Jefferson Street are more than 30 years old and both could use attention.

¯ DeStefano said he will ask council at its next meeting to approve the estimated $120,000 purchase of a new garbage truck. He said the city’s current truck, a 2012 model, requires frequent repairs, while a backup 2002 model is beyond repair.

Because next Monday is Columbus Day, the meeting will be moved to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the City Building.

¯ Plans were made to adopt trick or treat hours of 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

(Scott can be contacted at [email protected])

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