Attica council talks treatment plant funds

ATTICA Attica’s new sewer treatment system topped council’s agenda Thursday night.

Engineer Lyn Makeever informed members the Environmental Protection Agency has requested an additional form for its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit at a cost of $200.

The cost estimates for the project have been reevaluated. The current cost is $3.1 million. Costs have increased several hundred thousand dollars due to higher prices for rock lining for the lagoon and an additional 3,000 feet of roadway, forced main and electrical services to the modified site plus legal fees.

Village Administrator Greg Martin stated he has applied to the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund for a principal forgiveness loan. The village is also applying for $500,000 from Issue I funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission and they hope to acquire another $500,000 from Community Development Block Grant funding.

The village has collected $150,000 in sewer fees which has paid for soil borings, engineering and legal fees and now the village looks to finance $1.965 million through a 30-year 1.5 percent loan for construction of the wastewater treatment system. The annual payment for the loan is $81,843.

Makeever noted the land purchase has been reduced by five acres of wood land.

Martin stated he has settled with Sunoco for laying a pipeline across village property and he received $11,359. He also said a written agreement had been obtained for the village to cross their lines for their sewer project.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs reported a total of $840,007.07 in all funds. That total includes the second half real estate tax settlement. She continues to work on 2014 appropriations and stated the water treatment plant annual payment of $155,622 to the US Rural Development is due on October 1.

“Party in the Park” is scheduled weekend at Myers Park. A softball tournament along with cornhole is planned.

The downtown farmers’ market will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14.

Councilman Jeff Painter stated Roes Tree Service has trimmed more trees for $1500 and two more trees have been identified to be cut down.

In other matters, council:

Adopted the resolution authorizing the mayor to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission capital improvements program for grant funding for the wastewater treatment plant improvement project

Heard the second reading of the resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and to authorize the necessary tax levies for fiscal year 2014

Heard the old police cruiser had been sold for $350

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12.