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Waterline project to replace some of city's oldest distribution lines

Zoe Greszler • Mar 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

WILLARD — The city council here discussed upcoming maintenance projects, including a water line replacement project that was slated to start last week.

Willard City Manager Jim Ludban said the project on Spring Street will replace “three blocks of some of our oldest distribution lines.” The affected residents, as well as the schools, received a letter informing them of the construction, and asking them to plan accordingly. 

Ludban was proud to say the work would be handled locally.

“All the planning and preparation has been accomplished with internal resources, and our own people will be doing the work,” Ludban said in his manager’s report.

“When the water line replacement is completed, the entire street will be paved as part of our 2018 pavement project. You will notice in their appended report that maintenance is aggressively attacking the ‘winter work list’ we developed,” the city manager added.

The project will install water meters at various homes and locations as well. 

Council also heard that City Hall adjusted its hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the current hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The changes will result in some incremental utility savings, but, more importantly, will enhance manpower utilization,” Ludban said.

In other business, council discussed the Willard City School’s safety plans and Ludban said all students were going through ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training as part of the district’s safety plan.

The council also accepted $8,100 in donations, including one for $7,250 from the Willard Business Association sale of books. 

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