Morrow County Commissioners pass sewer bond resolution

By Alberta Stojkovic - The Sentinel

Commissioners approved a resolution for $900,000 of revenue bonds for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and improving the Chesterville, Ohio Sanitary Sewer System at their meeting on Sept. 12.

The resolution is the culmination of many years of planning and study on behalf of Chesterville and Morrow County residents.

It was just over a year ago in July 2015 that County Commissioners received a permit from the Ohio EPA authorizing improvements and replacement of the Wenmor Wastewater Treatment Plant near the interchange at State Route 95 and I 71.

Attorney Caleb Bell, bond counsel of Bricker and Eckler, was present at the meeting and he will work with the Development Office and Shane Farnsworth to verify the county’s insurance and income to secure the bonds.

Commissioner Tom Whiston explained that the present water and sewer plant at Chesterville is working at just half capacity, and the small Wenmor plant servicing the area at State Route 95 and I 71 is past its prime.

The present two systems are operating inefficiently and the cost for Chesterville patrons will surely go up if improvements aren’t made.

Whiston pointed out that this is a good time to carry out the project to repair the plant at Chesterville and to bring it to full capacity. The present bond rates Chesterville is paying can be lowered along with making the plant more efficient.

The capacity of the sewer load will be increased from 17,000 to 45,000 or 50,000 gallons per day.

This will also allow greater efficiency, as well as more capacity for economic development from Chesterville to the Interchange at I-71 and State Route 95.

“The best thing about this though,” said Whiston is that it will insure monitoring and testing at the outflow of the system. This will allow for better treatment of water and better quality of water going into the creek.

By Alberta Stojkovic

The Sentinel

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