By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
About 100 area residents gathered Monday night at the Glendale School to discuss the proposed $29 million Minford sewer project. The vocal majority of those in attendance oppose the plan and meeting organizers asked attendees to sign a petition to stop the project.
“Last night (Monday) was the first time petitions were available for signing and we got over 100 signatures. We are hoping to get 1,000 signatures in the end,” said Amy Moore, a homeowner who has refused to sign an easement accepting the terms of the project. “We are committed to stopping this, we feel like this is a waste of government money that could be used for something else.”
She said petitions are available at various locations throughout Minford.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe Delong said he plans to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture for an extension on starting the project in anticipation of not having all 740 easements signed.
Delong said the county now has 530 signed easements.
The project calls for the installation of 30 miles of sewer mains and a new wastewater treatment plant among other things.
The proposed project will provide sewage service to 1,327 existing homes along with modest growth capacity for the entire service area.
USDA state director J. Anthony Logan said earlier this year if the project is not under construction or under a contact for construction by July 31 a request could be made to the White House Office of Management & Budget for a waiver.
“The agency will consider making a request for a waiver to OMB with the information you provide. Waivers will be requested sparingly so the reason for delay must be well-documented and show extenuating circumstances,” Logan wrote.
Delong cautioned that just because the county makes a request for an extension does not mean it would be granted.
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