Campbell council discusses plans for water plant

CAMPBELL — City council is still waiting on the results of an assessment from CT Consultants of Youngstown that will offer a definitive look at how much work will be needed to fully repair the aging water plant.

Council President George Levendis said at tonight's council meeting “my position on the water plant is I don’t see any other way than selling that plant.”

Levendis said the industry standard for water lost during production and distribution is 10 to 15 percent, but that Campbell was losing 25 percent of its produced and distributed water.

“That’s $100,000 worth of lost water,” Levendis said.

Levendis also cited obsolete water meters, stagnant wages in the water department and a billing department he said was “stone age in 2007” as evidence the plant should be sold.

“Our employees will make double what they make here if they’re working for Aqua Ohio,” Levendis said. “Their guys on the street make $30 an hour.”

Law Director Brian Macala echoed Levendis’ sentiments, and Councilwoman Juanita Rich, D-4th, said the city should weigh all the available options and wait to consider the results of the assessment before making any decisions.

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