Panel hears update on sewer project
The county engineer gave the Seneca County Board of Commissioners an update on the Bascom Sewer Project Tuesday morning.
County Engineer Mark Zimmerman said the sewer line is completed, and the sewer plant is about 90 percent completed.
He said in the next four to six weeks, the engineer’s office is to start issuing permits to tap into the sanitary system. He said the first two buildings that will tap into the system are the new Hopewell-Loudon school and Meadowbrook Park.
Zimmerman said the county has eliminated the $3,500 tap fee because it has been collecting money for so long.
He said landowners still must pay inspection and installation fees, which could cost up to $5,000. The landowners will have about a year to hook up to the system.
Zimmerman said the project is slightly ahead of schedule and slightly under the budget.
Also during the meeting, county resident Claude Perry said a shooting range near his home is affecting the safety of his house.
Perry said last Saturday a bullet entered his house and barely missed hitting his 9-year-old grandson.
“I was so upset, I did not wait for the sheriff or deputy to get there, I went over to the range and ordered them to stop shooting immediately,” he said.
He said he has taken pictures of the 11-target handgun range that faces his home.
Perry said he has a concealed carry permit and is not against guns, but he thinks the range is unsafe.
After the meeting, Wagner said he talked to the shooting range owner, and they have cancelled classes until the problem can be resolved.
He said Sheriff Bill Eckelberry and County Prosecutor Derek DeVine are looking into the case.
In other business, the Ohio Department of Transportation gave an annual update to commissioners.
ODOT District Two Deputy Director Todd Audet said ODOT is looking for solutions to concerns in communities.
Audet said District Two, which includes Seneca County, received about 5 percent of the construction budget.
Dennis Charvet, District Two construction engineer, gave an update on construction projects in the district.
He said a project on US 23 will be completed in June, and projects on US 224 and SR 587 will start in July and are to be completed in October.
ODOT District One and Two coordinator Jeff Loehrke said he is familiar with problems of smaller communities working against larger communities to get funding.
Loehrke said ODOT’s Jobs and Commerce Office, established two years ago, will help communities that are creating new jobs to come up with more grant dollars.
In new business, the board approved:
A supplemental appropriation of $7,840 to the General Fund.
An appropriation adjustment of $500 within the General Fund.
A resolution authorizing the fire detection and alarm contract service agreement with Clouse Electric Inc. for the Seneca County Jail.
A revision to a resolution to establish rates and charges for the use of the New Riegel wastewater collection and treatment system of the countywide sewer district, pursuant to section 6117.02 of the Ohio Revised Code.
A revision to a resolution to establish rates and charges for the use of the Bascom wastewater collection and treatment system of the countywide sewer district, pursuant to section 6117.02 of the Ohio Revised Code.