The Times West Virginian

January 15, 2014

Rivesville water project approaching completion

Telemetry system among last phases

By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian

RIVESVILLE — The water project that Rivesville started eight years ago is now almost complete, Mayor Jim Hershman said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The emergency work to move the pipes on County Road 17 by the railroad tracks underground was completed the week before the extreme cold temperatures of last week.

Pro Contracting completed the work in around four days.

“We had no issues with the water lines freezing,” Hershman said. “Everyone seems to be satisfied with our emergency project.”

Still to be completed on the water project is the telemetry system, which will allow the system to have automated, wireless monitoring. The city is just waiting on a couple of modems to arrive, Hershman said.

On Martin Street, three new services need to be hooked up to the existing new water line, and there is also some work to be done at the BFS station, he said. The city also wants to remove seven fire hydrants.

This work will be subcontracted out through Pro Contracting, Hershman said.

“This will be the last phase in the water project,” Hershman said.

Resident Doug Potts spoke to the Rivesville Council about starting a Christmas parade next year, and volunteered to organize it.

Potts said that, with the council’s permission, he would call fire departments, towing companies, paramedics and police departments to see who would be interested in participating. He would also like to see a dinner after the parade, to give the children a chance to eat dinner with Santa.

Council agreed that he could call area towns to see what dates other towns are planning on having their parades to try to set a date, and said that, if they were to decide to hold a Christmas parade, Potts could chair the committee.

In other business:

• Because the city now has three working vehicles, the city plans on downsizing to two vehicles.

• The mayor of White Hall, Guy Ward, presented the city with a $2,500 check to put toward fireworks for Rivesville’s annual Riverfront Festival.

• Rivesville has received 10 applications for the position of chief of police and will be interviewing qualified applicants starting next week.

• FirstEnergy donated $1,000 for 50 new chairs for the community building.

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