The Press Newspaper
An informational meeting for residents and property owners in the Stony Ridge and Lemoyne areas in Troy Township to discuss a sanitary sewer project is scheduled for April 22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5520 Fremont Pike.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.
The board of trustees of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District has approved a resolution of necessity to install sanitary sewers along U.S. Route 20 and several streets in the unincorporated village of Stony Ridge.
The projected cost is approximately $5.38 million and advertising for contract bids could begin as early as June, Jerry Greiner, executive director of the district, said.
The district is proposing to install 14,200 feet of sewer lines along U.S. 20; 2,580 feet along Stony Ridge Road; 2,150 along State Route 163; 1,400 feet along Railroad Street; 1,400 along Oak Street; 700 feet along Maple Street; 400 feet along Main Street; 7,150 feet along Lemoyne Road; 500 feet along Hickory Court; 700 feet along Five Point Road; 800 feet along Cherry Street, and 600 feet along Bean Street.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency determined in the mid-1990s that septic systems in the Stony Ridge and Lemoyne areas were not meeting water quality standards and polluting Henry, Packer, and Two Root creeks as well as groundwater sources.
The district has about eight sources of potential funding to help pay for the project, Mr. Greiner said.
He said district officials are confident they can obtain $500,000 through the Community Development Block Grant program. The district also plans to apply for a loan and grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program.
Other possible sources of funding include the Ohio Water Development Authority and Ohio Public Works Commission.
Letters notifying residents of the informational meeting and estimated monthly costs for users have been mailed, Mr. Greiner said.
“Since we have no meters, most users will be charged for use based on a single-family residential dwelling (or equivalent) as one unit,” the letter says. “However, multi-residential living units, commercial, and industrial users, schools, and churches will be charged based upon a pre-rated number of units. These users could possibly be charged for more than one unit, based on their estimated design capabilities.”
Users will pay a monthly sewer bill based on their respective units allocated, the letter explains. The bills will cover treatment charges, an operating and maintenance charge, and a debt service charge.
Preliminary estimates for the monthly bills are $75 to $80 per unit, Mr. Greiner said.
Property owners have 28 days from receipt of the letter to object in writing to their proposed unit charge allocations.
Project plans and rate and cost estimates are available for review at the district office, 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.