Scioto County Commissioners met Thursday morning in regular session when Commissioner Mike Crabtree explained that he does not have much hope for the opening of the Splash Park in West Portsmouth this season.
The Doug Coleman Memorial Splash Park was originally scheduled to open in May; however, 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 that the contractor, Vortex, should have used a pressurized pipe. Commissioners have been waiting to hear back from contractors, who they say are completely liable for the issue. However, the contractors involved with the splash park have not provided any updates.
Crabtree explained that they were already two weeks behind, and, if the pipe does have to be replaced, it will take an additional three weeks to make the necessary adjustments. Commissioners are not even sure if they have to replace the pipe yet and, as a result, are preparing for weeks of additional delay.
“It was supposed to be a six week project,” Crabtree commented. “It has already been drug out ridiculously.”
In regular session, Commissioners also approved various items including payments and transfers for services rendered and an agreement between the sanitary engineer’s office and AJR Engineering, LLC, for professional engineering services.
Engineers are being hired for the sewer treatment center to be installed in Lucasville near the Briar Patch and serving those living in the trailer park located in that area of Lucasville. Commissioners did not give detail as to when the project would begin or be completed.
The Scioto County Commissioners meet at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on the first floor of the Scioto County Common Pleas Court, located at 602 7th Street in Portsmouth.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.