CONNEAUT – Conneaut City Council approved a $143,000 contract for the demolition of a damaged wind turbine in the city’s harbor during Monday night’s meeting.
The turbine, adjacent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, was struck by lightning in February 2017. One of the turbine’s three blades was destroyed, and the gearbox was damaged in the strike.
Conneaut filed suit against NexGen Energy Partners and Conneaut Wind, a subsidiary of NexGen that owned the turbine.
The city was received control of the turbine and put out a request for proposals, either to demolish the turbine, or to reuse it.
The low bid to demolish the turbine was $163,000, which the city used for budgeting purposes. Earlier this year, the city published the same request for proposals, and received a number of quotes for the demolition. The work is tentatively scheduled for March, but could be delayed if there are high winds, said City Manager Jim Hockaday.
The contract was awarded to C. Crump Inc., the second-lowest bidder. The lowest bidder did not deliver a complete bid.
In other business:
Request to dredge
At the beginning of the meeting, a letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was read into the record, stating that the Army Corps of Engineers had requested permission to dredge the Conneaut Harbor from 2020-22. The dredging is will impact lake water quality, the letter said.
Conneaut is in the process of building a facility to separate material dredged from its port into its component parts, which can then be sold. The city received a $4 million grant for the facility.
Title work has finished on the site, and work is in progress on surveying.
The next steps in the project include environmental insurance and advertising for bids for clay to cover the base of the site, Hockaday said.
In the past, when ports along Ohio’s Lake Erie coast were dredged, the material taken from the harbors was dumped into Lake Erie, in a practice called open-lake dumping.
Open-lake dumping will be banned as of July 1, 2020, per Ohio Senate Bill 2, which aimed to clean up Lake Erie.
The bill also regulates fertilizer and manure applications.
Delinquent grass bills
An ordinance was introduced at Monday’s meeting to assess unpaid grass cutting bills to property taxes. The bills are for plots of land that were not mowed, and had to be mowed at the city’s expense. Bills were sent out to landowners, and those who have not yet paid are planned for assessment.
The ordinance was not passed on Monday, and property owners who have received bills can still pay them, and avoid having the cost of the mowing assessed to their property taxes.
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