DANVILLE — The village of Danville knew most of its water meters were getting pretty old. Now, village officials have reason to believe some of them may not be working properly.

Village Administrator Rob McDonald reported to council Monday night that there were 153 meters in the village that were registering less than 1,000 gallons of water usage per month.

“I think we may have several meters that are malfunctioning,” said Danville Mayor Bob Dile. “We’re going to set up a mini-lab and see if that’s true.”

The meters were mainly put in between 1992-94 and McDonald said they usually have a life of about 15 years. So, to find out if any of those 153 meters are truly malfunctioning, they are going to pull them one at a time and test them against a new one that has been calibrated.

McDonald said they will set up the lab in the municipal building garage and test each meter using low, medium and high flows of water. If they stand up to the test, they will put them back in the residences; but if not, they will have to be replaced.

“We usually bill both water and wastewater through these meters, so this warrants a really thorough look,” McDonald said. “I think we’ll find some that will be in need of replacement.”

In other news:

•Council renewed the village’s memberships in the Knox County Chamber of Commerce ($150), the Ohio Municipal League ($450) and the Wireless Emergency Notification System ($262.75).

•Council also passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Knox County Land Bank.

•Joe Duncan was selected as President Pro-Tempore for 2019; and Dile appointed committee chairs: Finance (Jill Byers), Water/Wastewater (Mike Waldeck), Public Safety (Joe Mazzari), Planning (Mazzari), Streets (Jeff Furay), Solid Waste (Duncan), Parks (Duncan and Darin Durbin) and Technology (Durbin and Duncan).

•Police Chief Dan Weckesser reported his office received 111 calls for December, putting them at 2,250 for the year. There were 92 criminal charges and 113 traffic citations. He also said there were 61 calls to Brinkhaven.

•McDonald asked to apply to the Knox County Foundation for a small grant ($2,000) to help pay for new holiday decorations for the village. He was told to apply.

•Clerk/Treasurer Laurie Vess said the Regional Income Tax Association reported to her and assistant clerk Tina Durbin that there were 17 accounts that had not paid their income taxes and they were requesting to go to litigation. That accounted for nearly $18,000 and she was asked to get Village Solicitor Noel Alden’s opinion on whether to do it.

Council went into executive session to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken.

The next council meeting will be Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.


Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or fmain@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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