West Farmington sewer project set for fall

WEST FARMINGTON – Funding for a $4.54 million sewer system for the village will come entirely from state and federal grants and loans.

Mayor Allen Patchin said Friday that the project is scheduled to begin later this year and bids will go out in the fall.

”We are in the process of getting ready for the project easements and rights-of-way,” he said.

The project is scheduled for completion by fall 2014.

Funding will include a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan and $1.84 million U.S. Department of Agriculture federal grant, a $500,000 federal community development block grant, a $500,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant, $237,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a $250,000 Ohio Public Works Commission state loan.

”This project will fix a health and safety threat to residents resulting from failing septic systems in the village. The village has no public sanitary system and relies on private septic tanks and leaching fields for wastewater treatment,” Patchin said.

He said the project will encompass the village and be owned and operated by the village.

”The village’s small businesses and low- to moderate-income residents will benefit because federal and state grants and loans will make the project more affordable to residents and businesses,” he said.

Patchin said they plan to hold a public meeting later this month to explain the project.

”We will invite everyone involved with the project to attend so we can explain to the public what will take place and what will be involved. The residents will be able ask questions and see what this project will entail,” he said.

He said the project will be sustained by ratepayers to the village’s sewer district and the district’s future reserves. Residents will pay a monthly capital fee.

Officials said the system will work by connecting small treatment systems in clusters, with new sanitary sewer lines linking the clusters to a common discharge pipe at the Grand River.

Patchin said the cluster system has been successful in other rural areas.

”It is a cost-effective solution to the enormous cost of individual residential and commercial septic upgrades and replacements, and provides a long-term solutions to a public health and safety issue,” he said.