Fayette council hears details of sewer plan 12.19

Written by David Green.

Fayette has a sewer upgrade plan to hand over to the Ohio EPA. Now council members must wait for a response and expect negotiations with the agency.

“This is a proposal,” village administrator Tom Spiess explained to council members Thursday. “There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.”

Spiess introduced Tim Harmsen of Arcadis, the engineering firm employed by the village, who spoke about the details and cost of what’s known as the Combined Sewer System Long Term Control Plan.

“It’s not a very bright picture, but you’ve got to stay positive,” Harmsen told council. That’s about the only advice I can give you.”

Harmsen laid out a 20-year plan that would finish rebuilding the village sewer system to separate storm water from sanitary waste. The system was built as a combined system that handles storm and sanitary in the same sewer line.

When completed, the system would eliminate overflows of sewage into Spring Creek—as ordered by the Ohio EPA.

Harmsen said the system has 19 permitted overflow points, including four primary, active combined sewer overflows (CSOs). When water flowing through the system exceeds capacity—such as during a heavy rain—overflows occur.

The village has spent about $1.5 million in the past to install separate sewer lines and the remainder of the project would cost an estimated $4.6 million, at today’s construction costs.

To pay for the work, Harmsen said the village will need to increase sewage fees by 9.0 percent annually. Grants and low interest loans are also part of the financial picture.

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