The county received $450,000 in grant funding for the Mercerville sanitary sewer project, along with $360,000 in grant funding for the Kanauga/Addison sanitary sewer project above and beyond all other funding already obtained for those projects.
In addition, the county was awarded $50,000 in water pollution control loan funding for Mercerville and $360,000 for Kanauga/Addison.
Stimulus funding for the Kanauga/Addison project will alleviate the need for residents to pay upfront tap fees. The county initially required $720,000 total in tap fees to help fund the project, which is the amount awarded in the stimulus funding, half as a grant and half in the form of a loan.
Kanauga/Addison is extremely close to reaching the bidding phase, shortly after which construction will begin on the project.
The Mercerville project was estimated to cost approximately $800,000 to complete two years ago and will probably now cost closer to $900,000. The county plans to apply for a CDBG water and sewer grant in June to pick up the remaining $300,000 to $400,000 needed for the project on top of the $500,000 awarded through the stimulus package.
If the county receives that CDBG grant it will save money for Gallia County Local Schools in the end as they are required to fund part of the project due to sewer service to South Gallia High School and Hannan Trace Elementary. The county also plans to apply for an additional $100,000 grant for the completion of “on lot” work such as connecting low-to-moderate income housing to the sewer.
The county’s permit to install (PTI) was recently approved for the Mercerville project, though the PTI will not be final until after a 30-day period for public comment is up. The project will serve the schools and 39 residences, providing new sanitary sewers for Mercerville and upgrading the elementary’s sewage treatment plant.