The Northwestern Water and Sewer District board of trustees has approved a resolution authorizing the district to begin appropriating property easements for a sanitary sewer project in the Stony Ridge and Lemoyne areas in Troy Township.
The district has been negotiating with the owners of three properties, said Jerry Greiner, the district’s executive director, but has been unable to reach an agreement on a price for the easements.
Two of the properties are located on Lemoyne Road and the third is along Fremont Pike.
The district is seeking permanent easements for the Lemoyne Road properties and a temporary easement for the Fremont Pike property.
“We’ve had an appraisal done on the properties but we weren’t able to come to terms on the amounts of the easements,” Greiner said.
The appropriation process will begin with letters being sent to the property owners and filing the required documents in Wood County Common Pleas Court, he said, adding the district will continue to negotiate with the owners.
Greiner said he was confident the matter could be resolved, adding the valuations of the easements are relatively low, ranging from $300 to $1,600.
“If we were actually trying to buy the property for tens of thousands of dollars it would be different,” he said.
District trustees earlier approved a resolution of necessity to install sanitary sewers along Fremont Pike and several streets in the unincorporated town of Stony Ridge.
The projected cost is $5.38 million.
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.
Greiner said the district is securing loans and grants to help pay for construction costs.
The district is eligible for $2.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and $2.6 million from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.