Columbiana Council approves measures to improve city’s electrical, water systems

By D.A. Wilkinson


City council has approved the first of two readings on ordinances designed to improve the city’s infrastructure.

One measure provides the sale of $300,000 worth of notes to improve the city’s electric system.

The electrical system in the northern part of the city cannot sustain enough power for the rest of the city in case of a major power loss.

The money raised would provide a transformer for the north substation.

City officials have said it will take 3.4 miles of electric lines to connect the north and south portions of the city.

The second measure is for the sale of $450,000 worth of notes to be used to improve the water-main system in the southern portion of the city.

That move will provide adequate pressure, minimize pressure spikes and increase flows in case of fires.

The third ordinance involves a project to improve the city’s water treatment plant, extending it at a cost of $690,000. Part of the funds would be used to improve the plant itself; the rest would be used to extend waterlines.

In other action Tuesday night, Councilman Bryan Blakeman suggested that the city create a “business and growth committee.”

The committee could offer an “outreach to current businesses to keep them in the city.” But Terry McCoy of Strollo Architects, suggested that Blakeman get involved in the Chamber of Commerce to help the community.

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