Westville officials thankful for light storm damage

Westville officials thankful for light storm damage

WESTVILLE — Village board members said Tuesday they were thankful that the village suffered so little damage during the windstorm that occurred Nov. 17.

Mayor Mike Weese said that one of the 6-by-6-inch wooden posts securing the northern entrance sign for the village broke during the storm and will have to be replaced. The sign is receiving some touch-up painting this week.

Also, one of the power poles in Zamberletti Park came down and will have to be replaced.

"We were all without power for a while after the storm, and some trees were damaged," Weese said, "But considering the damage that the storm caused just north of the village, we were lucky."

In other business, the board decided not to pursue a proposal that would have charged a half-dozen businesses in the village a new special monthly fee to recover the cost of routine water-meter replacement.

Earlier this month, board member Mark Dunham said that seven commercial water customers in the village use larger meters that are expensive to replace.

Most residential water meters are about an inch in diameter and cost about $140, Dunham said. Commercial water meters can be up to 6 inches in diameter and can cost up to $500. Dunham also said that the commercial meters have more water moving through them and tend to wear out and become less accurate after five years or so.

Currently, the village uses money from the water fund to replace meters. Dunham had suggested charging the half-dozen commercial water customers a fee — such as $20 a month — to help cover the cost of the routine replacement of the meters after five years. Replacing all seven meters costs the village about $7,900.

Board members Don Hall and Darin Troglia spoke out against the proposed fee, saying that the village has paid for the routine replacement of the meters as a benefit to those businesses.

Weese said the special fee would not have saved much money for the village, and might have hurt the smaller businesses it affected.

The board also learned that the Westville Lions Club had helped to get the Kelly Miller Circus to schedule a trip to Westville.

Board member Darren VanDuyn said that the circus — which includes tigers, elephants, acrobats and clown — would have two performances in Zamberletti Park on April 28.

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