Last week Village Administration and Village employees met with a representative from Layne – the company that is cleaning our wells – to go over their testing results and the necessary steps to clean and disinfect our wells. In general, they will be video inspecting the wells, cleaning, scrubbing and disinfecting them. The process for each well will take about one and half weeks. They anticipate starting next Monday, November 13, 2017.
Once the wells are cleaned we will continue to test and evaluate water samples throughout the Village distribution system. All of or portions of the distribution system may need flushed and/or cleaned but we cannot determine this until the wells are cleaned.
Please check this site regularly for updates on the cleaning process.
The Village of Baltimore leaf pickup for 2017 will start Monday, October 23rd and will end on Friday December 1st.
ONLY leaves will be picked up and must be on the curb or at the edge of the road. To prevent damage to the equipment, please make sure there are no branches or bags mixed in with the leaves.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 740-862-4491 or email Teri Wise, Village Administrator.
On September 14 and September 25, 2017, Village officials met with a representative from Layne to discuss iron bacteria remediation. Beginning on October 2, 2017, the Village’s wells will be sampled and the iron bacteria cultured. Culturing the bacteria takes approximately two weeks, after which Village officials and Layne will again meet to discuss the best way to proceed with cleaning the wells based on the test results. The wells will then be cleaned which takes approximately one week per well. This updated information is being submitted to the Ohio EPA, with whom we’ve been working throughout this issue.
As more information regarding the remediation plan is available, it will be posted on the Village website.
Earlier this year we hired an outside engineering firm to help us identify the cause of our water issues. We recently received information on the suspected cause.
Based on the information we received, our water issues are likely caused by a non-harmful iron bacteria. Information regarding this iron bacteria is available from the National Groundwater Association at http://www.ngwa.org/Documents/ClipCopy/Iron-Bacteria.pdf.
We have already begun planning to clean and treat our wells and to flush the entire distribution system. We have also notified the Ohio EPA of this issue and will continue to work with them – as we have been for the past year – on our remediation plans.
As our remediation plans are put into action and as more information becomes available, it will be posted here.
Fairfield County and the Village of Baltimore have been awarded a $216,500 grant from the Office of Community Development (OCD) in Columbus to repair the damaged Water Street Bridge and to relocate an exposed water line which runs along side of the bridge. We were among 37 applications for a grant; out of which only 10 proposals were selected. Work will begin soon on the repairs and relocation of the water line.
The Village has started preliminary activities for the Ohio Public Works Commision (OPWC) grant for resurfacing Dorchester Drive, Circle Drive, and Tremont Court. The Geotechnical Work (Subsurface investigation), and the Design Survey are now completed and we are ready to start the design process. This project is a large one and it will run into 2018 before it is completed. We will update you on our progress here on the website but if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us or call us at 740.862.4491.