2007-03-17 / News

Thornville makes offer to county

By Scott Rawdon

N EW L E X I N G TO N -- Thornville Village Administrator Josh Eggleston and Mayor Dale Brussee delivered two contract proposals to the Perry County Commissioners March 9--a proposed agreement between the village and county to provide sewer service to the south bank of Buckeye Lake, and a proposed agreement for the village to sell treated water to the county.

Vi l l a g e a n d c o u n t y representatives agreed that both contracts are proposals, and there will likely be a significantamount of discussion between the village and the county before either contract is accepted, if one or both is accepted.

"We haven't really gone over the whole thing yet," said Perry County Commissioner Lonnie Wood who added that the county prosecutor will look over the contracts. Wood assured from the county's point of view that more discussion between county and village officials will take place before either contract is signed.

Eggleston said Tuesday that according to the proposed sewer contract, the county would pay the village $10 per 1,000 gallons of sewage treated. In addition, the county would pay a monthly percentage of the existing sewage treatment debt payment proportionate to the county's number of customers to the total number of customers on the combined county and village systems.

According to the proposed sewer contract, the county could never send the village more than 110,000 gallons of sewage per day. If it does, the county would pay a penalty of 500 percent for every 10 percent increment of sewage the village receives beyond 110,000 gallons.

Brussee explained that there is technically no way to know exactly how many taps Thornville could provide to the south bank. "That number is basically unknown," he said. Basically, Thornville can continue to provide taps to the south bank until 110,000 gallons of sewer capacity is exhausted. He had no estimate of how many taps it would take to exhaust the capacity.

According to the proposed water contract, the county would pay $2.75 per 1,000 gallons of treated water with a guaranteed daily minimum billed usage of 125,000 gallons. Last summer, the commissioners proposed a rate of $2.30 per 1,000 gallons.

"Village officials are looking forward to speaking with representatives of the county," said Eggleston.

Although it's still unclear who will provide the processing service, Perry County is moving ahead with the installation of sewer lines along the south bank in anticipation of reaching an agreement with Thornville, Licking County, or possibly expanding it's own Crown Wehrle plant. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Thornport AMVETS for the $4,085,792 project.

The dilemma of providing sewer to the portion of Buckeye Lake's south bank in Perry County goes back to the 1970s, when Ohio EPA offered to install a public system, but the county commissioners who were in office at the time refused the service. After determining that some septic systems in the area were leaking into Buckeye Lake, Ohio EPA placed a moratorium on additional construction in the area. Frustrated property owners haven't been able to build on lakewide lots for years.

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