May 14, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
On Tuesday afternoon, Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe Delong was delivering paperwork to the USDA for review on the Minford Sewer Project. Earlier Tuesday morning the commissioners approved a right-of-way map for the project, which was said to be the final step before the paperwork could be delivered to the USDA.
Funding of the project was first announced 2010, stating that Scioto County would be getting $29 million from the federal government to construct the system.
The $29 million in funding is offered from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the USDA Rural Development through a $14,912,000 loan and a $14, 507,00 grant.
The project calls for the installation of 30 miles of sewer mains, a new waste water treatment plant and other items. The proposed project will provide sewage service to 1,327 existing homes along with modest growth capacity for the entire service area.
The Commissioners have passed a resolution establishing mandatory hookups to the Minford Sewer District for those who live in the area once the system is completed.
The resolution states, “the Scioto County Board of Health has passed a resolution stating that the reason for the Minford Sewage Project is to reduce or eliminate an existing health problem or hazard of water pollution. Ohio Revised Code section 6117.51 permits the Board of County Commissioners, to order the owner of any premises located in the Minford Sewer District, the owner’s agent, lessee, or tenant, or and other occupant of the premises to connect to premises to the sewer for the purpose of discharging sewage or other waste that the board determines is originating on the premises, to make use of the connection, and to cease the discharge of the sewage or other waste into a cesspool, ditch, private sewer, privy, septic tank, semipublic disposal system.”
The resolution further states that the, “owner, agent, lessee, tenant or occupant shall comply with this order with 90 days after the completion of service of the order upon the person.”
“The USDA will look them (documents) over and give us closing instructions,” Delong said.
He said it could take up to 90 days for the USDA to review the documents, then the project will be one step closer to being able to go out for bid.
Delong said progress on the $2.3 million dollar Eden Park Sewer system has slowed down.
“Production is a little on the slow side,” Delong said. He said the slowdown has been caused by a variety of factors.
“We are hoping production can be improved in the near future,” Delong said.
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