Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

The Grove Municipal Services Authority (GMSA) discussed the fate of the water storage tank on U.S. 59 and voted to request bids on materials for a waterline and natural gas extension project for Baycrest at a regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The dilapidated water tank is clearly visible to visitors and citizens entering Grove on U.S. 59 North.

City Manager Bruce Johnson said some people had suggested that the tank could be used for antennas or advertising.

“We need to tear it down or transfer ownership to whoever wants to use it for antennas or advertising,” said GMSA member Berwin Kock.

It was noted that no one had come forward to purchase the tank.

The matter will be place on next month’s agenda.

In other business, the board voted to go forward with a plan to build a waterline and natural gas extension in the Baycrest area. The 12” line would run from Leisure Road to Quail Run Road and connect with the existing Rural Water District #9 line.

Delaware County Rural Water District board member John Gillette told GMSA members that his district had built their part of the line in good faith.

“Right now the line comes from nowhere and goes to nowhere,” Gillette said.

He added that the line was a “strategic” rather than an “urgent” matter at this point in time.

“If we know we’re going to do this, I think this is as good a time as any to do it,” Kock said.

The board also voted to “reject all bids and return all proposals unopened” for a new natural gas provider contract in favor of keeping its current contract due to the threat of litigation.

Johnson noted that the current contract is very good.

“At the end of the day we are looking for the lowest price from the most responsible provider,” he said.

Johnson explained that the current contract would be very good for the next two years.

During his report to the board, Johnson noted that the city’s new sewage composting facility was almost ready to begin operation.

“We have poured the pad for composting and begun training,” Johnson said.

He also said the loggers the city had installed to help them alleviate the water loss problem had all been replaced and should be in good working order.

In addition, Johnson asked for and received the board’s blessing to begin gathering cost estimates for the city’s next major project, which will be the expansion of the water treatment plant.