Residents of Chesterville attended a public meeting on June 9, 2015 to discuss the I71 SR 95 Interchange Area Improvement Plan.
Economic Development Director Brandon Miller conducted the presentation which focused on the Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project. This has been an ongoing project for several years. It is now in the development stage.
Miller explained that the county commissioners received a permit to install from the Ohio EPA. The permit authorizes improvement and replacement of the Wenmor Waste Water treatment Plant with a pump station which will transport waste water to the Village of Chesterville.
In 2010 a sanitary sewer study was completed by the county. The looked at capitol improvement plans, sanitary sewer and made recommendations for improvement for future growth and development in the area.
The purpose of the I71/SR95 interchange area is to increase opportunity for Economic Development, to create a regional fiscally responsible solution to waste water treatment, to leverage more community resources and to increase attractiveness to large employers and businesses by having site certified areas for development.
The boundaries are west to Knights Inn thru the interchange area to Chesterville.
The Manick and Smith group provided engineer services for the project. Engineer Randy VanTilburg has been working on the project for the past 5 years. He shared that they planned to advertise for construction bids and then they will choose a bid and sign construction contracts.
VanTilburg explained the boundaries are west to Knights Inn thru the interchange area to Chesterville. Everything on the west side will drain into a pump station basically across from the old campground on 95.That will be pumped across the interchange into the collection system on the east side where it ties into the existing system at the Wenmor plant which was privately run but recently acquired by the county. The plan is to demo the plant and put in a lift station and pump to Chesterville. “The design will actually help Chesterville’s system to operate better and be more efficient,” noted VanTilburg.
Brandon Miller then explained that as part of the original study a rate setting board was needed. It will consist of three members, the council chairman, the chairman of the commissioners and the chairman of the township trustees. The benefits, (of the new system) include increased users will offset the cost of plant operation and maintenance and county management will reduce O & M cost with potential multisite contracts.
The presentation concluded with a question and answer period.`
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