2017-10-12 / Front Page

Elkton boil water alert remains; water sample testing continues

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

ELKTON - The Village of Elkton’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is treating its water system with chlorine after total coliform had been detected.

At the regular council meeting, DPW Superintendent Lonnie Schulz said the state mandates a boil water alert and he is testing water samples at various locations in the village. He said the results “are jumping around” and he explained during the meeting that re-testing a source that had a “bad” result would be good but some that tested “good” would retest bad. Schulz said he is also testing the sample bottles.

Schulz said at the meeting that he feels all four wells are good. He gave no estimate on how long it might take to resolve the issue.

As of Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, Village Clerk Lonna Fisher told the VIEW that the boil water alert is still in place and residents will be notified via the phone tree when it is lifted. She also said the village will call the local radio station as well.

In other business, President Randy Haley, in an update on the solar farm exploration, said, he tried to arrange a video conference with company representatives but they said could not come up with a scheduled time. He said the representatives said they would be in Michigan for five days but had 40 sites to visit. Haley said he prefers a meeting at night so more members of the general public can attend. He said he is working with the representatives to set up a telephone conference.

Council member Agnes Kosinski gave an update on the survey and said there was “a great response” and she will compile the results and update the fiveyear master plan for public review from mid-October through mid-November.

In police-related matters, the council approved getting the old police car ready to be sold as is. Elkton Police Chief Scott Jobes said at the meeting that the existing taser has failed and research shows it would be cheaper to lease a new one rather than to purchase one. Council member John Ginter added a lease would provide a warranty through a five-year contact whereas it would be covered for one year in a purchase.

The council approved paying Sept. 13-Oct. 6 bills as presented totaling $43,121 and set Trick-Or-Treat hours at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, with North Main Street closed from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

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