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Commission approves project funds

CADIZ — The Harrison County Board of Commissioners approved the village of Harrisville’s request to use any leftover funds from its wastewater treatment plant project to help fund a new project — the replacement of a storm sewer line.

Bob Allen, business manager of E.L. Robinson Engineering and consultant for the county, met with Commissioners Dale Norris and Paul Coffland Wednesday on behalf of the village to request the funds. Commissioner Don Bethel was absent from the meeting.

“When I was over there (in Harrisville) for the bid opening, the mayor showed us an area where they have a storm sewer surcharging on personal property, two parcels of property. We were trying to figure it out, and given the village of Harrisville is struggling financially, I asked if any money was left over from the wastewater treatment plant project and if they could be authorized to use it to try to make repairs to that issue,” Allen said.

In April, the village was awarded $437,880 grant funding through the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association to complete the wastewater treatment plant project that includes the replacement of the UV disinfection unit and installation of an automatic bar screen to remove debris and prevent trash from entering the system. Additionally, the county earmarked $200,000 for the project. However, the cost to complete the plant upgrades is lower than what the village originally anticipated so officials are hoping to use some of the county’s pledged funding to repair the storm sewer line.

Allen said none of the funds will be utilized for the new project until the plant upgrades are complete and the cost is finalized. If there are funds left over from the project, the village would like to use the money for storm sewer replacement on Cemetery Road, he said.

The estimated cost of the sewer line project is $104,150.

Norris said the board has had similar requests in the past with the village of Hopedale and others, which they approved. Commissioners signed a resolution to authorize the village to use any remaining county funds to replace or rehabilitate the storm sewer line that surrges during wet weather events.

Allen said the village is waiting for some materials for the plant upgrades, which are expected to arrive in December. He said the village will keep commissioners updated on the progress of the project.

Commissioners will next meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the courthouse, located at 100 W. Market St.

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