At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020, Tony Valerius, Service Director, advised Vermilion citizens that Columbia Gas is replacing the gas main on Liberty Avenue near the Hazelwood intersection. Their work has required the closure of one of the eastbound lanes at times, so he asked all drivers to use caution while traveling in this area.

He conveyed the Distribution Department has been dealing with main breaks, with the most recent being on Aldrich, which subsequently led to the replacement of a valve, which in turn has led to two more valves leaking and needing replacement. Door notices were handed out last Friday and they will be replacing them both on Thursday, January 9. Affected citizens can expect their water to be off for approximately three hours with a boil advisory to follow.

He was pleased to announce that the Erie Regional Planning Commission informed them that the City of Vermilion will receive funding through the State Capital Improvement Program for the Mapleview Drive Reconstruction Project and the Liberty Avenue Water Main Replacement Project, which the City applied for through the Ohio Public Works Commission. The Mapleview Drive Project will consist of the reconstruction of the road, curb and gutter from Hollyview Drive to Forestview Drive, and the Liberty Avenue Project will see a new water main installed from Vermilion Road to South Shore Court. This section of waterline is part of the EPA mandated 10-year Water Main Replacement Program for the City.