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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

At the Tuesday meeting of the Scioto County Commissioners a resolution was passed 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.”

Last week the commissioners passed 11 resolutions allowing them to take those who refuse to sign easements for the Minford Sewer Project to court.

On Tuesday the commissioners passed an additional resolution adding one more property owner to the original 11, bringing the total to 12.

Since the project was announced, the county, through the Sanitary Engineers 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.

In March of 2010 the county was awarded a $14,912 loan and a $14,507,000 grant from the USDA to complete 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 of this year the Scioto County Commissioners asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (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.

USDA state director J. Anthony Logan said earlier this year that if the project is not under construction, or under a contact for construction, by July 31 a request could be made to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a waiver only with a extenuating circumstances.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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