By STEPHANIE GROVES
OTTOVILLE — Board of Public Affairs officers Dan Honigford and Phil Hilvers told council there was technology available from the phone company that would allow the village to dig up a tap and run a metal probe through the water lines on Auglaize Street to find the depths of the lines — which will initially save the village from tearing up the newly-reconstructed street — during Monday night’s Ottoville Village Council meeting.
At February’s meeting, council met with Miller Contracting representative and Josh Clay and Brian Goubeaux of Choice One Engineering and discussed the frozen water lines on Auglaize Street.
Prior to that regular council meeting, there was a special meeting where Miller reported that the majority of the houses on the east side of the street were being affected, noting there were eight or nine houses that had frozen water lines and the village started getting reports of frozen pipes the second week of January. Clay and Goubeaux explained that after the water system was installed, the excavation was back-filled with the compaction gravel and water was used to aid the process.
“The moisture in the stone back-fill has traveled down and deepened the frost line,” Clay said then.