GREEN TOWNSHIP — Gallia Commissioners spoke with contracted engineering firm Stantec about updates to a nearly finished phase one sewer project as it nears what commissioners have called substantial completion status.
Stantec engineers said the first phase of the project is within weeks of being completed as construction crews finish with miscellaneous maintenance matters. Commissioners said over 150 individuals have tapped into the new sewage system, including local school systems. The project has cost upwards of near $9 million in the forms of loans and grant funding. Roughly 300 more are expected to join the system.
Once commissioners have received a recommendation to declare the project substantially complete, the county will go into a repayment phase with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has served as a financier for much of the project.
Phase one consisted of around six miles of pipeline and added equipment for sewer renovations throughout southern Green Township around the Centenary area. According to Commissioner David Smith there is no hook-up fee and those connecting into the sewer system can expect a sewer treatment bill of roughly $55 a month.
Smith said county commissioners are in the midst of plans to shore up financing for the second phase of the project which would cost around $4 million. Commissioners hope to have the project ready for contractor bid within the next two to three years. The second phase of the project will finish the rest of the Green Township renovations going along parts of Ohio 850 and 588.
Commissioners have stressed in the past the sewer project is part of an action handed down by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Due to inspection and findings because of a complaint issued to the Ohio EPA office, the county is responsible for a cost of around $300,000 for the “failure of on-site sewer systems” across several locations in the county. The commissioners have thus started the sewer construction project in an effort to meet with those demands in replacing aging systems.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342.