HUBBARD COUNCIL Where has all the water gone?

The mayor says the city has a raccoon problem and he hasn't found the solution.
HUBBARD -- A councilman wants to find out where almost half the water the city buys is going.
Councilman William Williams, D-at-large, chairman of council's utilities committee, asked for legislation that would permit the city to seek proposals for a water loss study.
Consumers Ohio Water Co. has determined the city is losing 48 percent of the water that enters its distribution system, he said.
The water loss has been a problem for the city for years, but it hasn't been determined where the leaks are.
Williams said Consumers Ohio Water Co., from whom the city buys water, has given the city a proposal to find the water leaks, but he wants to see other proposals.
Raccoon problem
In other business, Mayor George Praznik says the city has a raccoon problem, but there's no immediate solution.
"We've had an invasion of raccoons," Praznik told city council Monday night.
The animals are living in the city storm sewer system and he has reports of four of five of them at a time being spotted going into a catch basin.
Praznik told lawmakers he has contacted Trumbull County's animal control agents but they don't deal with wild animals, only domestic animals, such as dogs and cats.
The mayor said he has got a price from a trapper, but the trapper wants $45 per animal captured.
Councilwoman Lisha Pompili-Baumiller said residents should keep the garbage cans closed because they attract raccoons.
Contents of transformers
In another matter, Praznik said he will get a report from the city electric superintendent about possible hazardous contents in city-owned transformers.
The mayor said he will seek the report after Councilman Richard Keenan, D-4th, pointed out that city employees could be killed if a transformer containing toxic materials explodes.
Keenan called attention to a city employees being near a transformer along North Main Street when it exploded in June. No one was hurt.
Williams, D-at-large, chairman of council's utilities committee, said a report of the accident showed the transformer didn't contain toxic materials, such as PCBs.
Praznik said the city has 800 transformers on poles and it would cost $70 each to test them for their contents. He noted some are new and wouldn't require testing.
Williams said that some of the transformers are old and their serial numbers are obliterated.
Resurfacing program
In other business, council passed a resolution authorizing the board of control is advertise for bids for this year's street resurfacing program.
Council plans to spent about $70,000 to resurface five streets, depending on the amount of the bids.
This about the same amount the city has spent on its annual resurfacing program.
Also, council authorized the board of control to advertise for proposals for professional services to assist during negotiations with unionized city employees.
Contracts with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Fraternal Order of Police expire Dec. 31.

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