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Water storage tank condition spurs council's concern

By Don Berry
Contributing writer
updated: 9/12/2018 8:50 AM

The Chester City Council received word that the water storage tank behind the V.F.W. is no longer usable.

The tank is located in the area of the old water tower, which was taken down years ago. When the current water tower was built by Chester Grade School, the tank was used frequently as a backup when problems arose.

Alderman Russ Rader, who retired from the Water Department, mentioned at the Sept, 4 meeting the pumps and motors at the tank are still in good shape and that the 500,000 gallon tank serves as an important stopgap measure when emergencies arise. The city narrowly avoided a shutdown of the water supply last year when problems arose at the water tower.

The council will seek more information on the cost of repair or replacement of the tank.

In other business, the Council approved a 2019 non-regulated agreement between the city and Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council. The agreement allows Western Egyptian to assist in funding utility bills owed by individuals to the city. The agreement can be terminated by either party with a 15-day notice.

The council approved repairs to the sidewalk on the south corner of Taylor and State streets. This section includes a handicap ramp at a cost of $3,071. Alderman Nancy Crossland added the sidewalk on Swanwick near Hardees is also in need of repair. A tree has caused the sidewalk to buckle and it poses a possible danger to pedestrians. Street Superintendent Randy Eggemeyer will look at repairing and replacing it.

Alderman Ray Allison mentioned complaints being received concerning individuals who blow their grass clippings out into the streets. It is dangerous to motorcycle and bicycle riders and causes problems with the storm sewers. The council will issue a public notice reminding citizens of the ordinance prohibiting this and the possible consequences of the action.

The council heard from Police Chief Ryan Coffey and Fire Chief Marty Bert. Coffey reported that the new patrol cars should be on the streets in October. The Fire Department had ten calls in August bringing the total for the year up to 69. Both departments will be working in the schools to educate students, teachers, and parents on what to do in the case of emergency.

The next City Council meeting is 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and the public is welcome to attend.