January 9, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Commissioners added two more parcels to the list of those they intend to take to court concerning the Minford Sewer Project at Tuesday’s meeting.
Currently the list contains 14 parcels of those who refuse to sign easements necessary for the Minford Sewer Project.
Since the project was announced, the county, through the Sanitary Engineer’s Office, has been working to acquire an estimated 740 easements necessary for the project. The county has been told they needed to acquire all of the necessary easements before the project could get started.
According to Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe Delong, an estimated six more parcels will be added to the list before it’s all said and done.
Recently the commissioners also adopted a resolution establishing mandatory hookups to the Minford Sewer District for those who live in the area once the system is completed.
The resolution states, “the Scioto County Board of Health has passed a resolution stating that the reason for the Minford Sewage Project is to reduce or eliminate an existing health problem or hazard of water pollution. Ohio Revised Code section 6117.51 permits the Board of County Commissioners, to order the owner of any premises located in the Minford Sewer District, the owner’s agent, lessee, or tenant, or and other occupant of the premises to connect to premises to the sewer for the purpose of discharging sewage or other waste what the board determines is originating on the premises, to make use of the connection, and to cease the discharge of the sewage or other waste into a cesspool, ditch, private sewer, privy, septic tank, semipublic disposal system.”
The resolution further states that the, “owner, agent, lessee, tenant or occupant shall comply with this order with 90 days after the completion of service of the order upon the person.”
In March of 2010 the county was awarded a $14,912,000 loan and a $14,507,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for the project to install 30 miles of sewer mains and a new waste water treatment plant among other things. The proposed project will provide sewage service to 1,327 existing homes along with modest growth capacity for the entire service area.
In June the Scioto County Commissioners asked the USDA for a 3-month extension on the $30 million Minford Area Sanitary Sewer Project.
“Scioto County will not be able to meet the current deadline of July, 31, 2012, for the Minford Area Sanitary Sewer and we are requesting a waiver to the current deadline,” the Scioto County Commissioners wrote in a letter dated May 21 to the USDA.
The USDA has not responded to the commissioner’s letter.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org