A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the expansion and improvements of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District facilities on Middleton Pike.
The $3.5 million project will add 1,600 square feet of customer service area and another 19,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated.
The expansion of the district’s service area necessitated the improvements, said Dave Cook, finance director.
The district renegotiated a new water contract to serve 7,000 customers in the cities of Rossford and Northwood and Lake, Perrysburg and Troy townships.
“After adding three customer service representatives and field employees to the staff for this expanded role, we needed more space.” Cook said. “We were at risk of exceeding fire codes for occupancy and could not provide a confidential, professional situation to conduct business.”
The project is scheduled for completion next winter.
Beth Vannett, office manager, said the district has strived to improve service, resulting in the residents receiving accurate, timely bills and hourly updates on their metered water use.
The district moved to the current location in September 2002 and has extended utilities to areas in need in Hoytville and Risingsun as well as Weston, Cygnet and Bloomdale.
The district has also had a role in Wood County’s economic development efforts, Jerry Greiner, executive director of the district, said.
He cited the USF Holland facility on State Route 582, the CSX Intermodal in Henry Township, and and Fed-Ex facility in Perrysburg Township as examples.
“Thousands of jobs have been added in Wood County where utilities have been extended to serve them and neighboring homes and businesses,” Greiner said.
The district is operated by a nine-member board of trustees: John Cheney, William Hirzel, Alex Molner, John Ault, Melinda Kale, Lyle Schulte, John Current, Adam Seibert, and Leonard Michaels.