On Thursday, the Scioto County Commissioners met, during which time they explained that they still do not have an opening day for the anticipated splash park.
“We just want to know where we stand on this thing,” Commissioner Bryan Davis stated. “Then, we will move on it.”
The Doug Coleman Memorial Splash Park was originally scheduled to open in West Portsmouth in May. However, that opening day never came after a after a delay caused by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The ODH approved plans for use of a non-pressurized drain pipe to carry used water back to be filtered for reuse. After construction was completed, the ODH came back saying the contractor, Vortex, should have used a pressurized pipe. Contractors were supposed to respond to the ODH by Tuesday. As of the meeting, commissioners were still awaiting a call from Vortex.
“We’ve haven’t see a copy of that (the contractor’s response) yet,” Davis stated. “So, we have been on the phone calling and basically blowing up their phone as to why. We want copies, and we have a lot of other questions too… Hopefully, we’ll find out something. We know nothing right now. We just want the Department of Health to make a determination.”
Davis went on to say that the Commissioners have not received anything in writing and have only had third-party contact.
“Vortex is 100 percent liable,” he said. “The contracts are iron clad, trust me. They have a big problem on their hands if the Department of Health doesn’t work with them, a big problem… When we had them on the phone the other day, they seemed genuinely apologetic, but that doesn’t get us to the opening.”
He wrapped up that the splash park works and that they have tested it.
“It’s sad. I mean, it works. It’s beautiful,” Davis stressed. “That’s the very frustrating part of this – the claims they are making. That drain pipe was approved stamped by the Department of Health. They stamped that thing. Then, they come back and say that according to the contractor it needs to be schedule 40 when it was stamped approved schedule 35. We are trying our best to play nice.”
The commissioners hope to hear something about the splash park soon. In addition to discussion of the park, commissioners approved several items including an application for liquor license for Rosemount First Stop. The approval simply means they will not have a meeting on the application. Davis explained that a gas station is being built at Rosemount Point. Commissioners stated it will likely be a convenient store as well.
“Really, that’s a great thing for Rosemount,” Davis commented. “They don’t have a Dollar General. They don’t have a Family Dollar … I’m hoping that they occupy that whole point because it has been such a waste of real estate.”
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