CONNEAUT — An eyesore in Conneaut’s harbor is to be removed this year

A draft of the city’s 2020 budget includes $163,000 for demolition of the wind turbine.

The turbine was struck by lightning in Feb. 2017 and has not functioned since. One of the blades was destroyed by the strike. 

After it sat idle for some time, the city sued and eventually took control of the turbine. Last year, council authorized City Manager Jim Hockaday to put out a request for proposals from contractors, either for demolition of the tower, or its beneficial reuse.

“I think it’s a liability,” Hockaday said.

The 2019 request for proposals can be published again at the next meeting for an updated bid, Hockaday said.

“We’re finally at the precipice here,” Hockaday said.


In other business

• A request for proposals for the city’s two taps on the Risberg Pipeline is being drafted. The city has a pair of taps on the Risberg Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline running from Meadville, Pennsylvania to North Kingsville.

Requests for proposals invite contractors to put forth a plan to the city for a project. Late last year, the city amended its request for proposal ordinance to allow request for proposals for personal property, which is what the taps are categorized as.

The city paid for two taps on the Risberg Pipeline during the pipeline’s construction. One is located near the intersection of Route 7 and Underridge Road. The other is near the city’s East Side Industrial Park.

“I would like to get that [request for proposals] out as soon as possible,” Hockaday said.

• Council members were called about issues at the city’s recycling drop-off center on Clark Street. Garbage was in several people’s yards, council members said.

There were also complaints about people putting garbage into the recycling bins.

“We had the same issue with the compost facility years ago when the compost facility didn’t have an attendant,” Hockaday said.

City crews cleaned up the mess, Council President Jon Arcaro said.

There is a camera on the site, which the city uses to find people who violate the rules, Hockaday said. 

Citing people who misuse the recycling bins can be complicated, assistant law director Christopher Newcomb said.

There are two sets of recycling bins in the city, one on Clark Street and one at the city’s compost facility. Hockaday proposed moving the Clark Street recycling bins to the compost facility, which is monitored when it is open.

Hockaday has asked the solid waste district if it would be willing to cover the cost of an attendant in the winter, he said.

“This sounds like a viable solution to the problem,” Arcaro said.

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