Meadville Tribune

February 4, 2014

Highland Reservoir replacement discussions continue Wednesday

By Mary Spicer
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Various aspects of the replacement of Meadville Area Water Authority’s Highland Reservoir in Meadville near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Limber Road are scheduled to be included on agendas for four public meetings during the month of February.

Wednesday: A discussion of the replacement of the playground at H.P. Way Park, which has already been removed by the city in anticipation of MAWA’s construction of two 2.5-million gallon tanks to replace the aging reservoir, is on the agenda for Meadville City Council’s monthly study session Wednesday afternoon. The meeting begins at 4:15 in the Meadville City Building on Diamond Park.

Plans call for a playground to be constructed in a different location at the site once the tanks are in place and operational. It’s currently predicted that construction on the tanks will continue through the 2014 construction season and the playground will be ready for replacement in the spring of 2015.

According to City Manager Joe Chriest, the playground will be included in a scheduled update of the master plan for the city’s parks. While the city will be responsible for designing and installing the new playground, MAWA will pay the replacement cost of the current equipment — a sum currently calculated as between $140,000 and $160,000 — to the city, according to MAWA Chairman Tim Groves, who also serves as the city’s finance director.

Thursday: The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will get its first look at renderings of the proposed tanks during the commission’s monthly meeting. The meeting begins Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Meadville Central Fire Station’s public meeting room, which is accessed from West Center Street.

Feb. 17: MAWA members are scheduled to discuss the project during the authority’s monthly meeting Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the authority’s offices on Rogers Ferry Road in Vernon Township. While the authority moved its regular meeting day to the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m., the February meeting has been rescheduled due to a number of conflicts. According to Nold, the change applies only to the February meeting.

Feb. 19: Meadville City Council’s Feb. 19 monthly meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the City Building is expected to include a presentation on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendations on the tanks.