$2 million needed to build sewage treatment facility
The Regional Sewer District is asking for $2 million so it can start construction of a sewage treatment plant in the next three months.
Tom Tucker, representing the sewer district, asked the Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night for the money.
The county commissioners appeared hesitant to grant the request and asked for more information.
‘At what point is this thing going to be profitable?’ asked Terry Miller.
Tucker responded, ‘It may take two or three years to get the customers and get ahead of the game.’
Miller and Commissioner James Goldman said they want input from the third commissioner, J.R. Eckart, who was away on business Monday night.
‘We have a definite need for sewage treatment in this county,’ Tucker said. ‘The environment is something everyone is conscience of.’
The major concern for sewage is a corridor along S.R. 64 between New Salisbury and Floyd County.
‘Everyone along the corridor has problems,’ Tucker said. ‘If we don’t get on this project now, it’ll be five years before anything gets done.’
The Regional Sewer District has decided that the first option is to build a treatment plant east of S.R. 135 near Circle Road. The plant needs a stream that never runs dry, Tucker said.
Some residents who live near the possible site of the new plant were in attendance Monday night to voice their concerns.
‘I think there is a lot more studying to do,’ said Ronnie Dobbins who lives off Circle Road. ‘Why not take it (sewage) to an existing line, not build a new plant?’
‘Don’t send their problems to me,’ said Fred Clunie, referring to the sewage problems in the Oak Park area located northeast of New Salisbury.
Tucker sympathized with the residents.
‘We’re going to look at every possibility,’ he said.
An update of the Regional Sewer Board is expected at the next Board of Commissioners’ meeting on July 9 at 8:30 a.m.
In other matters, Monday night:
‘ The county commissioners expressed the need for a partnership with the Harrison County Community Foundation.
‘We spend a lot of our time on things that aren’t county business,’ said Miller, adding that he would like to see the Foundation support the fire departments, Harrison County Lifelong Learning and other organizations that have reported to the commissioners.
‘We encourage people to get applications to apply (for grants from) the Foundation,’ said Foundation board member Brian Churchill. ‘We truly consider every grant that comes through the door. We want to help as many people as we possibly can.’
‘ County engineer Kevin Russel asked the commissioners to consider the possibility of charging surveyors for damage done to roads while surveying. Russel said holes are chiseled into the road during survey work. The commissioners asked Russel to notify surveyors of this possible future fee.