Commissioners make application for village

By Wayne Allen

Recently the Scioto County Commissioners passed a resolution authorizing the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to apply for state funds for a sewer project within the village of Otway.

RCAP is making the application to the Ohio Development Services Agency for Community Development Block Grant Residential Public Infrastructure Program Funding for the Village of Otway Sewer System Project.

Christopher Hunt of Hunt Engineering is working with village officials to secure funding for the project.

“The community does not have a centralized collection and treatment system for sewage or what’s called waste water. They are what’s considered unsewered, which means every home has an individual system,” Hunt said. “We’re working on obtaining funding, doing preliminary engineering and design for a collection and treatment system for them.”

Hunt said the engineers estimate for the project is $1.7 million.

He said once the system is built, it will have room to grow.

“We will have capacity in the system to handle future growth. The planning period for this would be 20 years of growth,” Hunt said.

He said an application for a permit to install has been filed with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are waiting for the permit to be approved before they can apply to certain funding sources.

Hunt said with the permit to install, the project will be in a better position to ask for certain grant funds.

He said the project is on schedule to reach a 2017 completion.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT