Water quality grant sought
Zelie also will buy new police cars, equipment
Eagle Staff Writer
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By Caleb Harshberger
January 13, 2018

ZELIENOPLE — Borough council approved a motion to pursue a water system improvement grant which would help fund the installation of systems to monitor and address any potential issues with the borough’s water.

The motion came, coincidentally, after two residents raised concerns about the borough’s water quality during public comment.

The grant would be for about $100,000 with a 15 percent match and would go toward water quality monitoring and management, starting with installing sampling stations and studying the quality of the water.

Members of the borough’s public works department encouraged council to reach out to county and state representatives to demonstrate the borough’s need for the grant.

Applications are due in February.

“We have to hit the ground running,” said Councilman Greg Semel.

New police cars

Council also approved the purchase of police vehicles and equipment as laid out in the 2018 budget.

“We have some cars that need to be replaced,” said Police Chief Jim Miller, adding the department also needs new radios and cameras.

The purchase will be financed through WesBanco for $160,500 at a 3.1 percent interest rate, which will be paid in once-a-year payments of $35,000 for five years. The department will sell the current cars once the new ones are put into service. The department expects to get around $15,000 for the older vehicles.