RAYLAND - "Everything is a go." That was the reaction of Village Administrator Rich Bibbo about funding for the village's $400,000 sewerage system project.
Bibbo recently was informed that a $124,999 grant and a $125,000 no-interest loan for 30 years have been approved through the Ohio Public Works Commission for the project, and that includes small government funding.
The financing scenario from Pam Ewing of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership lists a $150,001 no-interest loan for 20 years as the anticipated amount from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Ewing noted that once the final design has been approved, the project can be bid to determine the final amount needed from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund of the Ohio EPA.
Bibbo explained it is his understanding the Ohio EPA has approved the no-interest loan for Rayland, but that agency wants more information.
The project involves the replacements of the Warren Street pump (lift) station with a state-of-the-art station and of 1,400 feet of sanitary sewer line in Mazeroski Park and the adjoining lowlands area, according to the village administrator.
He noted the project involves major improvements for the village.
Work already is under way as engineer Jeff Vaughn of Vaughn Coast and Vaughn of St. Clairsville had surveyors in Mazeroski Park last week, and the surveying now is complete in that area.
Bibbo explained that instead of one pump that pumps sewage into another pump station on Warren Street before pumping it into the line leading to the Tiltonsville-Rayland wastewater treatment plant, there will be two pumps when the project is completed.
Now, if the one pump in use shuts down, the station shuts down. With a two-pump station, if one shuts down or discontinues working, there will be a switch automatically to the other pump so the system will continue working.
"That is going to be an extremely large improvement to our sewer system," said Bibbo.
Regarding the sewer line replacement, Bibbo said Mazeroski Park and the adjoining lowlands are the same elevation with both being in the flood plain.
"The sewer line in the low-lying area is only 3 to 4 feet deep and anytime we have any rise in our water levels, it covers the sewer pipe," Bibbo said. If there is any break at the joints or elsewhere, rainwater or surface water infiltrates this sewer and goes into the pump station before going on to be treated as raw sewage.
"With this improvement in the sewer line, we will be able to cut down the infiltration of surface water - this cuts expenses and is more efficient. That's another major improvement," he added.
Noting how the village pays for sewage treatment, Bibbo added, "Anytime we can cut down the amount of sewage coming out of Rayland to be treated, it means a lower expense to the village of Rayland."
The sewerage system project is the second major advance in Rayland in recent years. A few years ago, the village was the only stimulus grant recipient in Jefferson County.
It received a $700,000 stimulus grant for the replacement of water lines on Main, Church, Highland and Diamond streets.