By Wayne Allen
The village of South Webster has asked Scioto County to take over their sewer system.
“They (the village of South Webster) are not in the sewer business and we (Scioto County) are. We can take over the sewer system, assume the debt that’s left on it and put it with the rest of our operations,” said Joe Delong, Scioto County Sanitary Engineer.
He said by the county taking over operations for the system it will raise the rates of a few and lower rates for the majority of users.
“We have some personnel that would be free to run that plant. The guy that’s going to run that plant will also run the Minford sewer system once installed. By doing that it will save us about $35,000 a year and by having that savings we can afford to run it (South Webster Sewer System),” Delong said.
On Tuesday, the Scioto county Commissioners accepted a letter from Delong that stated, “we request that you (commissioners) approve the transfer of the South Webster sewers as discussed with members of South Webster council on Jan. 4, 2014, provided they approve the transfer at their next meeting. After the council’s approval we will submit an agreement for the commissioners and council’s approval.”
Delong said the South Webster Village Council is anticipated to meet next week to discuss the transfer.
“The council will have their meeting and depending on what the vote is there, it will go forth,” Delong said. “We’ve already discussed terms and once both of them (commissioners and village council) agree to go forward, we’ll make an agreement.”
He said once an agreement is reached the $2 million of debt on the system will be transferred to the county. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permits will need to be transferred to the county and the county’s operator will have to be listed as the operator of record.
When asked about a timetable moving forward Delong said, “I’m think we should take it over April 1.”
Delong said there are roughly 350 people currently being served on this system. He said the village was restricted in the ways they could grow the system by their corporation limits.
“The village could not expand the system because they were confined to the village itself. We can expand the system by adding more lines,” Delong said.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.