Water consumption high during fair week


During the week of the Fayette County Fair – July 17-22 – the City of Washington Court House consumed up to approximately 1.9 million gallons per day of water, according to City Manager Joe Denen.

In his street department report at Wednesday’s Washington C.H. City Council meeting, Denen said that fair week is normally the largest week of water consumption for the city. Conversely, the overall rate of consumption for the city is down due to the amount of rain that’s fallen this summer.

The bi-monthly meeting of council started with the call to order promptly at 7:30 p.m. with two council members excused. The minutes of the July 12 meeting were approved as were the minutes of the finance and personnel committee that met on July 17.

Denen also discussed three pieces of legislation the council would vote on later in the meeting. The first resolution was regarding the Arcadis U.S. Ohio Engineering Company, which is designing the Washington Avenue project. It appears some waterlines may need to be replaced during this project, which will increase the cost of the project, “but in the long run will help the city out.”

The second resolution was regarding the contribution to the purchase of a body scanner at the Fayette County Jail; and, the third resolution was regarding a contribution to Fayette County in the sum of $141, 920 for the funding of the Emergency Medical Services during fiscal year 2018. None of these three items have been approved, just moved forward in the process of council business.

City Finance Director Tom Riley gave a report regarding the city’s finances. “We are halfway through the year and we are in the best financial shape the city has ever been in,” he said.

Riley added that “thanks is due to our residents who voted yes to the income tax. Things are getting done.”

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:03 p.m.

Washington City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the City Administration Building, 105 N. Main St.


By Bev Mullen

For the Record-Herald

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