Phase I of the Long Term Control Plan for sewage treatment will be moved ahead due to the stipulation that a $40,000 county grant must be used this year. The cost of the project is $173,000.
Tim Harmsen of the Arcadis engineering firm proposed seeking bids in July and beginning work by September.
The most pressing issue, he said, is for the placement of rip-rap around the lagoons, as required by the Ohio EPA.
At the April 8 meeting, council member Craig Rower asked Harmsen why the cost of engineering for the project is rising from $17,000 to $20,000. Harmsen said the lower cost was estimated in May 2007. Now that the project was examined in greater detail, an additional $3,000 would be needed to cover the work.
Rower expressed his disappointment with how costs increased after the engineering was completed for the South Fayette Street rehabilitation. Furthermore, he said that his patience with the Ohio EPA is at zero.
He questioned why the agency is forcing the village to make repairs to a system that will become obsolete. He suggested the agency sit down with the area’s state senator and explain the need for the work.
“This is our plan,” Harmsen explained. “The intent of the first phase is to update existing equipment so it will last the next 20 years.”
The Ohio EPA is giving the village 20 years to replace its treatment system and put an end to overflows into the creek. Harmsen said details of the plan can be discussed at a later date while still proceeding with the Phase I plan as written.
Harmsen said the engineering for the construction phase of the project is expected to cost $9,000.
Utilities engineer Bob Seigneur was appointed to serve as the village contact person for working with the Ohio EPA.