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Thornville makes offer to county

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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