According to Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Darren LeBrun, PE, PS residents in the Eden Park and Minford area can be expected to be contacted as early as this month to start negotiations on easements to make way for multi-million dollar sewer projects slated to begin in 2011. In April, it was announced that Scioto County would be receiving more than $20 million dollars in stimulus funding and low interest loans to finance a sewer project in the Minford area. "The project will call for the installation of 30 miles of sewer mains, a new waste water treatment plant among other things. To my knowledge this is the single largest grant ever received by the county, and this is the largest county project thats been preformed," Lebrun said. The proposed Minford project will provide sewage service to over 1300 existing consumers (homes). Lebrun estimates construction on the Minford project will begin in 2011. "As early as this month we are going to be contacting people for easements where we need to get easements. It's been county policy if people give us an easement we will give them a free tap. We will wave the $450 tap fee," Lebrun said. "We would need an easement when we can't stay on existing right-away. We have to dodge existing roads and utilities. We wanted to avoid tearing up people's yards as much as possible." "We looked at the design, of both projects as if we lived there, we did the best we could with that in mid when it came to the design," Lebrun said. He said granting an easement does not mean a connection to the system. Once the system is complete effected residents are required to establish a connection. The estimated construction cost of the Eden Park project is $2 million dollars. "There is no existing system at this time. Once the system is completed, the county will have the waste treated by the city of Portsmouth," Lebrun said. Lebrun said designed into both projects is potential for expansion in the future. "We designed the system to take into account the potential for economic development. We have capacity for design and future development," Lebrun said. "We took into consideration the possibility of the Portsmouth By-Pass being built in the future. There are areas around Minford, Muletown and the Lucasville-Minford Road that are able to be developed. If development happens in that area the system will be able to handle it." For more information about the projects call the office of Scioto County Sanitary Engineer at 355-8249.