Sanitary engineer to retire

By Wayne Allen - [email protected]

Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe Delong has announced his intentions to retire from county employment for a second time in November. Delong has held the title of Scioto County Sanitary Engineer twice from 1997-2006 and from 2011-2016.

When asked what’s motivating his retirement DeLong said, “I’m 72 (years old) and I don’t quite have the enthusiasm I used to have.”

Under his tenure as Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Delong has overseen roughly $35 million in projects for the office. The projects he’s overseen include the Minford Sanitary Sewer System and the Eden Park Sanitary System. Delong also oversaw the county taking over the sewage treatment plant in South Webster and has plans for future growth.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Times, Delong said he plans to retire right before Thanksgiving.

When asked about his experience in the job the second time around, he said things were better this time.

“It was better this time. It was harder in certain respects, but better. Everybody has worked well together and worked hard on Minford (sanitary sewer system) and if it had not been for John Estepp we would have been up the creek,” Delong said.

A story published by the Daily Times in August of 2015, gave some history of the Minford Sanitary Sewer System, “The origins of this project dates back to 2012 when the county was awarded a $15 million grant from USDA Rural Development, and a $15 million low-interest loan from the state of Ohio office of rural development.The Minford Sanitary Sewer project included 50 miles of sewer, 19 pump stations, and a new wastewater treatment plant. Once installed the system will serve 1,300 residences, businesses, churches, and schools.”

Delong said some Minford residents are still hooking into the system.

The Eden Park Sanitary System cost roughly $2.3 million dollars and serves roughly 230 residents in that area.

“Everyone pulled together and made these projects possible,” Delong said. “The best part is, we have a good workforce, it makes things easy when everyone is pulling the same direction.”

The position of Sanitary Engineer is appointed by the Scioto County Commissioners. Delong has made a recommendation to the commissioners on who should replace him, J.P. Pickelsimer. Picklesimer has been working with Delong for the few months on various projects.

“He’s been in construction and has had the burden of being the guy to make the decisions, I think he would fit well,” Delong said. “I’ve taken him around and showed him what we got and he’s been a big help. We’re not only looking at the pump station at the airport. We have a job that was just bid to help is with our storm flows on Slab Run.”

Pickelsimer said Delong has been really helpful and has taught him a lot of things in a short period of time.

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By Wayne Allen

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Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter