District Board of Trustees Update

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees today accepted the appointment of a new board member, the reappointment of two current members, and also approved board officers during their first meeting of 2021.

NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER

The board accepted The District’s municipal appointment of Bill Barnhart to the Board of Trustees.  Mr. Barnhart fills the board seat left vacant by Bill Verbosky, who retired from his board seat in December.  Mr. Barnhart currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering and Operations for the Hancock Wood Electric Cooperative.   He is a registered electrical engineer in the State of Ohio and has worked in the electric utility industry for over 20 years.  Bill currently lives in Weston and also served on the Village of Weston’s council for four years.

“Hopefully, I can contribute to the board through my experience with long-term capital planning for addressing aging utility infrastructure and balancing this need with fair rates. I would also encourage management to continue to investigate leveraging technology to hopefully reduce cost, improve operational efficiency, and improve service,” Barnhart said.

Bill was appointed by The District’s municipal members and his term will expire in 2023.

RETURNING BOARD MEMBERS

William Hirzel was reappointed to the District’s Board of Trustees.  Mr. Hirzel resides in Lake Township and also serves on the board for the Hirzel Canning Company.  He was reappointed by the Wood County Commissioners and his current term expires in December 2023.

Melinda Kale was also reappointed to The District’s Board of Trustees.  Ms. Kale is the Chief Executive Officer at Work Leads to Independence (WLI), a nonprofit organization delivering services to people with disabilities throughout Northwest Ohio.  Reappointed by The District’s Township members, Ms. Kale lives in Rudolph, Ohio and her current term expires in December 2023.

BOARD OFFICERS

Mark Sheffer was re-elected to serve as Board Chairman.  This will be his sixth consecutive year as chairman.  Mr. Sheffer resides in Weston and serves as a municipal appointee. His current board term will expire in December 2021.

Steve Arnold was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Mr. Arnold resides in Bloom Township. His current term expires in 2021. Steve has spent his entire career in banking and finances, working for MidAm Bank for ten years and opening up an Edward Jones Investment office in 1996.

Melinda Kale was elected to serve as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. This will be her third year serving in the position. She is the CEO of Work Leads to Independence and participates in several community boards such as The Governor’s Council of People With Disabilities, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Liberty Township Memorial Association.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s board members are appointed three each by the townships, municipalities, Wood County Commissioners, and one board member appointed by the Henry County Commissioners. We serve over 20,000 water and sewer customers in Wood, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, & Sandusky counties.  With $240 million in assets, The District maintains over 440 miles of water distribution pipe, 8 water towers, and over 3,900 fire hydrants.  Sewer maintenance includes over 355 miles of collection pipe, 13 wastewater treatment facilities, and over 5,000 manholes.

District Board Teleconference Information

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call.

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:

Webinar: On Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684696892?pwd=SEVRYVZmRGNVc20xU3lPN0NsOXRtUT09 Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to publicinfo@nwwsd.org during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.

Due to the upcoming holiday season, The District’s Board of Trustees meetings will be held on the first and third Thursday’s during December. 

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water. More information can be found at http://www.nwwsd.org/coronavirus/

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Our goal is to be the premier water and wastewater provider in Northwestern Ohio. We are committed to sound financial management, responsible environmental stewardship, responsive public service, superior customer service, and responsible economic growth.  We strive to field a skilled, respectful, and cooperative workforce dedicated to the highest professional and ethical standards; we support them with appropriate training and technology.

Theresa Pollick, Office: 419.354.9090 X 193, Cell: 419.806.1018; Email: tpollick@nwwsd.org

District Project Update

Reminder: The District offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

McComb: Waterline Replacement Project
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on South Main Street, between Park Drive and Liberty Street, on Todd Street, near the railroad tracks, and on West Cooper Street between Liberty Street and Rader Road.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $600,000.

Perrysburg Township: Waterline Replacement
Through March, lane restrictions and water service interruptions are possible on North and South Bramblewood, Bridgewood and Cliffwood Streets in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement. Residents will be notified of service interruptions. Project complete: April 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through January, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Weston: Waterline Replacement
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on Main Street, from Evon to Cherry Streets for waterline installation.  Residents will be notified prior to service interruptions.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

District-Wide: Valve Maintenance *NEW WORK*
Effective today through Friday, January 15, crews will be in and near the village of Cygnet for waterline maintenance. This type of work involves turning valves on waterlines, which can occasionally cause water to become discolored.  Residents are advised to flush their taps if this occurs.  Valve maintenance work will continue in various locations throughout The District through December.

Happy New Year to All!

Like all of us, we wonder if we can put 2020 behind us and overcome the many issues of COVID-19.  It has impacted us in so many ways, and its effects will remain with us for some time, unfortunately.

However, District employees and board members have adjusted and never lost a day to it in 2020.  Our dedicated staff members, infrastructure, communications, and coordination made it possible for us to continue to deliver a high level of service throughout our area. It wasn’t without effort though. We learned how to do things differently, quickly, and efficiently.  That kept all of us sharp to see trends and nuances in our activities.  For example, our board quickly learned to use Zoom to conduct board meetings, since they could not meet in-person.  Our field operations and customer service field staff learned how to do their work safely, while social-distancing and handling electronic work orders.

These changes helped us to navigate these different times and get our work done, assuring the delivery of necessary utilities flowed each day without interruption.

You, our consumers stepped-it-up too!  You were financially capable to pay your bills on time and even extended yourself to fund our new “Pay-it-Forward” program to help others. To-date, your contributions have allowed 45 local families to see the benefit of a one-time payment on their accounts too!  This has been great given the uncertain financial times that many others have had to live with.

You may have seen we have no rate increases again this year on our portion of your bill, even though some of our suppliers raised their rates. Even though residential water use was down slightly last year, we have one industrial account that helped make up the shortfall. We continue our involvement in economic development discussions regularly, and it’s great to see new industries come to our county. Their employment, tax dollars, and of course, water and sewer usage help in years like this!  We hope this trend continues into a stronger 2021 year!

-Jerry Greiner, President
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District

District Project Update

Reminder: The District offices will be closed Friday, January 1, for New Year’s Day and on Monday, January 18, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. 

Damascus Township in Henry County: Meter Repair *NEW WORK*
Effective today from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., shoulder restrictions are possible today on eastbound US 6 in the Village of McClure for meter repair.  Motorists should be aware of crews working in this area.

McComb: Waterline Replacement Project
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on South Main Street, between Park Drive and Liberty Street, on Todd Street, near the railroad tracks, and on West Cooper Street between Liberty Street and Rader Road.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $600,000.

Perrysburg Township: Waterline Replacement
Through March 2021, lane restrictions and water service interruptions are possible on North and South Bramblewood, Bridgewood and Cliffwood Streets in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement. Residents will be notified of service interruptions. Project complete: April 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through January, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Weston: Waterline Replacement
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on Main Street, from Evon to Cherry Streets for waterline installation.  Residents will be notified prior to service interruptions.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

The District Enters Water Agreement with North Baltimore

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – Today, the Board of Trustees of The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) approved an agreement with the Village of North Baltimore that will allow The District to purchase and distribute water to serve areas in southern Wood County and Northern Hancock County, including the Village of McComb.

In the spring of 2020, The District completed a study outlining necessary long-term improvements and estimated costs to maintain the McComb Water Treatment plant, as well as several options for replacement of the plant.  One of those options was to secure another source to provide potable water directly to the citizens at a similar cost.  “This contract with The Village of North Baltimore could make that long-term option more viable”, says Jerry Greiner, president of the District.

“The Village of North Baltimore appreciates the opportunity to assist The District in meeting the community water supply needs for McComb and District customers in southern Wood County. This type of cooperation will be a key element in meeting long-term water supply and growth opportunities for this region” says North Baltimore Mayor Janet L. Goldner.

Since 2016, when the village of McComb joined the District, the village’s water supply has been a priority for The District’s operations department. Many improvements have been made to maintain and improve the water treatment process. The village’s raw water source is a small stream called Rader Creek. Water from this source must be collected and stored throughout the year in reservoirs to serve the community.

The water from Rader Creek includes minerals and other contaminants, including manganese, that are expensive and difficult to manage each year.  “The manganese itself is hard to manage and has received increased attention by Ohio EPA,” says Dan Wickard, District Superintendent, in charge of water and sewer operations.

“We intend to provide the highest quality of water for the citizens at the most economical (long-term) price,” Greiner said.  “The District expects to continue meeting with the McComb council to review this study and its implications, however, COVID-19 has made that a challenge to do.”

No Increase to Northwestern Water and Sewer District Rates in 2021!

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board of Trustees passed the 2021 budget at today’s meeting and approved a zero percent rate increase – that’s NO increase for District rates.   Depending on location, some customers may see increases if their treatment provider raises their rates.    They also approved a $30 million capital budget that includes $19 million in total water projects and $11 million invested into our wastewater network across The District’s five-county service area.

“Economic development is the biggest reason there are no rate increases this year.  Overall water usage was flat, but a single local industry, that started additional production this year, caused a significant increase in water use.   It’s important to note that past decisions by our Board of Trustees attracted these types of industries, and it’s paying off now.  Additionally, our staff has taken multiple steps to safely maintain quality water and sewer services throughout the pandemic.  The District team was able to reduce expenses and curtail expenditures during this challenging year.”   according to District President, Jerry Greiner.

While the full impact of COVID-19 has yet to be assessed, it was not a significant impact on revenue.

Looking Forward to 2021

The District will construct a new 1.5-million-gallon water tower in Lake Township.  This elevated tank will serve Walbridge, Rossford, parts of Northwood, and townships in northern Wood County.  The District will also build several new waterlines including a rural waterline southwest of Bowling Green to enhance water quality and flow.  A new waterline will be constructed from Weston, west to the Village of McClure, and extend north across the Maumee River to provide water service to Liberty Center in Henry County.

Maintaining our wastewater infrastructure is the goal for 2021.  Major sewer projects include new pump stations at Ford Road in Perrysburg Township and Willowbend in Middleton Township.   There will also be continued work in upgrading the sewer system in McComb and the Village of Weston.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is a rate-based utility, serving more than 20,000 customers in five counties across Northwest Ohio. The District provides over 5.4 million gallons a day of clean drinking water and treats hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater to improve the water quality of our lakes and streams. The District started operations in 1994.

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Board Meeting Teleconference Information

In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, December 17, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call.

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:

Webinar: On Thursday, December 17, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684696892?pwd=SEVRYVZmRGNVc20xU3lPN0NsOXRtUT09 Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, December 17, at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to publicinfo@nwwsd.org during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.

Due to the upcoming holiday season, The District’s Board of Trustees meetings will be held on the first and third Thursday’s during December. 

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water. More information can be found at http://www.nwwsd.org/coronavirus/

District Project Update

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Henry, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Reminder: The District offices will close at noon on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24.  The offices will also be closed on Friday, December 25 for Christmas and on Friday, January 1, for New Years Day.  We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. 

McComb: Waterline Replacement Project
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on South Main Street, between Park Drive and Liberty Street, on Todd Street, near the railroad tracks, and on West Cooper Street between Pleasant Street and Rader Road.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $600,000.

Perrysburg Township: Waterline Replacement
Through March 2021, lane restrictions and water service interruptions are possible on North and South Bramblewood, Bridgewood, and Cliffwood Streets in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement. Residents will be notified of service interruptions. Project complete: April 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining *UPDATE*
Through January, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Weston: Waterline Replacement *NEW PROJECT*
Through January, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on Main Street, from Evon to Cherry Streets for waterline installation.  Residents will be notified prior to service interruptions.  Project complete: Spring 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.