Public hearing to be held on Newtonsville sewer project on Sept. 25

BATAVIA, Ohio (Aug. 17, 2017) – A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, to allow the Board of County Commissioners to receive input from Newtonsville property owner on the construction of a wastewater system and treatment plant. The public hearing will be held at the Pattison Park Lodge, 2228 US 50, Batavia 45103.

Currently, properties in the Village of Newtonsville have septic systems. The project will serve 145 property owners and 230 parcels of land in and around  the village. In October 2012, residents were notified by Clermont Public Health that a significant number of homes had failing septic systems, and sewage created a health risk. At that time, Public Health said that a centralized sewer system and wastewater treatment plant were needed.

Since then, the Clermont County Water Resources Department (WRD) has completed extensive engineering fieldwork and project design. A number of public information meetings have been held, and letters have been sent to property owners to notify them of progress. The design of the system and wastewater plant, which is proposed to be built on vacant land behind the village administration building, has been completed. The treatment plant is designed to treat up to 57,000 gallons a day.

The total cost of the Newtonsville Collection System Assessment Project and the Newtonsville Wastewater Treatment Plant Project is estimated to be nearly $8.2 million. Grants will defray the cost. The project has been awarded a $2 million grant from USDA Rural Development, and a $1 million grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. The county will kick in $1.1 million from wastewater capital improvement funds. Property owners will be assessed for the balance, with a 40-year loan at an interest rate of 2.25%. The estimated assessment is $189.93 per frontage foot of property over the 40 years, said WRD Director Lyle Bloom.

If commissioners approve the project, construction is expected to start in September 2018 and to be completed in December 2019, Bloom said.

Certified letters will be sent to all property owners notifying them of the public hearing.

More information on the project can be found on the project’s website.