July 19, 2008

Grant to Help Pay for Improvements

By Nancy Bowman Staff Writer

MONROE TWP., Miami County -- County officials hope a grant will help pay for sanitary sewer improvements in the Hilltop Sudivision near the Miami-Montgomery County line.

No opposition was aired last week during a public hearing on the county request for $410,766 from the Community Development Block Grant Water and Sanitary Sewer Program.

Nikki Reese, county community development program manager, said the system scheduled for construction in 2009 would serve 23 households. The project's total cost is estimated at $781,532, with construction estimated at $610,532.

Reese said plans are for the grant to pay $300,766 for the sewer main, $100,000 for tap in fees, service line installations for those households meeting income requirements and $10,000 for grant administration for a $410,766 grant request. She said an income survey showed 11 households meet requirements for payment help with tap in fees.

Matching funds for the CDBG grant will be sought from an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Water Pollution Control Loan for $370,766 for the sewer main and $70,000 in engineering costs.

The subdivision was built in the 1950s without public utilties, Pat Turnbull, county sanitary engineer, said.

He said a tile system was installed for water run off, then in the 1980s the system tied into the neighboring Deercliff subdivision sewer, which now goes to the Tri-Cities wastewater treatment plant. The broken down drain tile will be demolished with installation of the new lines.

Turnbull said the cost of assessments to property owners is not yet known. Once firm estimates are received, a meeting on the project is planned in Monroe Twp. to discuss costs and the project further with residents, he said.

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