Alvordton Sewer Project Gets Funding From the Army Corps of Engineers

by Josh Colletta

The Army Corps of Engineers has given the Williams County Engineer’s Office $920,000 for the Alvordton sewer project, according to the Bryan Times.

The buildout of the new sewer system — a sister project to one in Kunkle — was mandated by the Ohio E.P.A. in 2015 after it was found that household sewage was being discharged into tributaries of Mill Creek, causing unsanitary conditions and a public health nuisance. Two separate sewer systems were planned after local officials determined a single system was too costly.

Williams County Engineer Todd Roth says the Alvordton project costs approximately $4 Million. The Army Corps of Engineers grant requires a 75%-25% match, making the county’s contribution at least $332,000. The Williams County Board of Commissioners agreed to that match on Thursday.

Roth says he’s hoping to follow the same pattern as the Kunkle project: securing some funding, getting the design phase moving, then seeking more funding based on that progress.

Meanwhile, the Kunkle project — also costing about $4 Million — has been mostly funded by the H2Ohio program, a $1 Million grant from the Army Corps of Engineers, and a $1.38 Million no-interest loan from the Ohio E.P.A. Plans are expected to be submitted to the state environmental agency by the end of the month, and as mandated by funding requirements, the project will be put out to bid by the end of August.

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