Pieces of the funding puzzle for the next phase of Fayette’s sewer project are falling into place.
The $272,000 project would include work at the sewage lagoons, upgrading a lift station and tackling some mechanical work in the system. Developing the long term control plan for sewage treatment is also part of the project.
The first part of the funding package was obtained in the past through a $98,500 loan from the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. That loan is to be paid off at the rate of $20,000 a year from the sewer enhancement fee that residents pay every quarter.
Last year, a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant was obtained through county sources. An additional $22,000 will come through a second loan administered through the Ohio EPA.
Council member Craig Rower reported at council’s regular meeting Thursday that $61,072 was secured from Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding, leaving a $50,000 shortfall that will be borrowed through the OPWC at zero percent interest over 20 years.
In order to pay for the sewer work ordered by the Ohio EPA, the village has been advised by its engineering firm to increase both sewer rates and the sewer enhancement fee.
OHIO EPA—Ken Delphous reported on a response from the Ohio EPA regarding the village’s Long Term Control Plan for problems with the sewage treatment system.
Utilities engineer Bob Seigneur explained later that the agency had a half dozen minor issues, which he said isn’t unexpected for a proposal such as this one.