For Frankford Town Council President Joanne Bacon and Vice President Greg Welch, it was déjà vu all over again as the two were sworn in at the Monday, Feb. 4, council meeting for new terms, and both retained their previous positions on the council.
There was no election this year, as Welch and Bacon were the only people who filed for the seats they held. During the council reorganization meeting this week, Council Member Velicia Melson was also re-appointed to her secretary-treasurer position.
As soon as the Bacon and Welch were sworn in by Town Clerk Cheryl Lynch, it was back to business for the two — which, as is often the case in Frankford, included discussion about its water system.
Welch opened with the news that “iron-y water issues” had been reported in several areas of town, including Clayton Avenue and Main Street. He said he had received a complaint from former council member Cheryl Workman on Sunday, Feb. 3, and has gone to her home, “got a pickle jar full of” the water there and thought it was “very iron-y.”
He said water plant employees had since checked the filters at the plant, and they were found to be working properly.
“The filters weren’t passing any more iron than normal,” Welch said.
He said Clarence Quillen of White Marsh Environmental Systems, who operates the plant, told him he believes the iron in the water is a result of sediment in water lines being stirred up when the Frankford Volunteer Fire Department filled up two tanker trucks on Sunday morning, Feb. 3. “We need to get those lines flushed out,” Welch said. “We need to do it now.”
He said he has received an estimate for flushing the lines that ranges from $1,000 to $5,500.
“It depends on how long they have to flush,” he noted.
Welch said the Town also needs to have flow tests done on the Town’s 58 fire hydrants, with some hydrants already known to need repairs, and the hydrants are in need of new paint jobs. The council voted unanimously to move forward with the flushing of the lines and needed work on the hydrants.
Town Maintenance Supervisor Jamie Reed also reported some issues with flooding in the water plant. One recent incident, Reed said, resulted in gasoline cans floating off of pallets that they had been sitting on, resulting in gasoline in the standing water.
Reed also reported broken water lines in the restrooms in Frankford Town Park and said that heaters are needed in the restrooms, in part to help prevent water lines from freezing and bursting.
By Kerin Magill