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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe Delong delivered a report to the Scioto County Commissioners on Thursday about an extension his office has received on a $250,000 grant associated with the Eden Park Sanitary Sewer project.

“We have already received approval for a one year extension on the grant. It (the grant) was counted in the original job and we had to ask for an extension because we got started late on the project,” Delong said.

Recently the county awarded a $2.3 million contract to J&H Erectors for the construction of the project. Once started, construction is expected to take a year.

The project will run along Ohio 139 and Munn’s Run northeast of New Boston and will serve 245 homes and businesses.

“Crews have begun to move some dirt on this project,” Delong said.

He said as part of the contract, substantial progress is supposed to be completed on the project in 210 calendar days from the start of the project, with with final completion in 300 calendar days. The project officially started on Jan. 7.

Delong said the proposed Minford Sanitary Sewer Project is also progressing. Since the project was announced, the county, through the Sanitary Engineer’s Office, has been working to acquire an estimated 740 easements necessary for the project. The county has been told they needed to acquire all of the necessary easements before the project could get started.

Delong said an estimated 11 easements are still needed to proceed with the project, and he expects an additional four or five residents to sign over easements in the near future. For those that have not or will not sing an easement necessary for the project, the county will take them to court for access to the necessary land.

In March of 2010 the county was awarded a $14,912,000 loan and a $14,507,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the project to install 30 miles of sewer mains and a new waste water 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.

In June the Scioto County Commissioners asked the USDA for a 3-month extension on the $30 million Minford Area Sanitary Sewer Project.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com.

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