Kirk Dougal/Times Bulletin Pictured is the current wastewater treatment facility for Ohio City. The 40+ - year-old facility will be replaced with a new building in part paid for by federal grant money.
Kirk Dougal/Times Bulletin
Pictured is the current wastewater treatment facility for Ohio City. The 40+ - year-old facility will be replaced with a new building in part paid for by federal grant money.
BY KIRK DOUGAL

Times Bulletin Editor

kdougal@timesbulletin.com

OHIO CITY - Federal funds will soon be coming to Van Wert County to help fix a problem in Ohio City.

Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel announced last Friday the village will be receiving $500,000 toward the building of a new wastewater treatment plant. The current facility, which is more than 40 years old, has overflow issues with heavy rains and high ammonia levels which has led to fines from the Ohio EPA.

After studying the issue, it was decided the most economically feasible solution was to build a new facility. The wastewater treatment plant will cost approximately $2.5 million to build which means the grant from the Water and Sanitary Sewer Program through the Office of Housing and Community Partnerships will pick up 20 percent of the tab.

The rest of the cost will be paid for by village residents. Mayor Dale Boroff said the village will secure a low interest loan for the outstanding amount which will then be repaid with a sewer surcharge on their monthly bills. That means all the houses in Ohio City will need to be metered but the estimation right now is that the efficiency gained will keep most home owners' bills at the same amount or less.

"We've just set the rates so that we can pay the (loan) back," said Boroff, making sure residents know the village will not be making money off the surcharge. "We're very appreciative when we get grants like this that can help projects get built."

Boroff is hoping the project will be let out for bid in May. The new facility will be built behind the current plant.

The Water and Sanitary Sewer Program is designed to help local governments fund projects to build or renovate water and sewer systems. Boroff said the project engineers applied for the grant which grades approvals based upon the number of persons who will be affected as well as other factors like project financing and readiness.