Council seeks aid to begin sewer project

LISBON – The village is about to embark on another storm sewer project to remain in compliance with a mandate from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Council voted at this week’s meeting to begin the process to borrow money from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund as part of a plan to fund the installation of storm sewers along East Chestnut Street, from Jefferson to Moore streets.

This is just the latest in a series of storm sewer projects undertaken throughout the village in recent years, which was ordered by the OEPA to separate storm water from the sanitary sewer system.

The project comes with an estimated $1 million-plus price tag, but Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner said they will not know the exact cost until formal bids are sought. She said they will be seeking loans from several state sources, and at least one will be forgiven upon completion of the project.

In other action, council authorized Mayor Dan Bing to apply for a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Natureworks program, which provides funding for recreational projects.

The grant is to replace the porta-potties at Willow Grove Park with restrooms that have running water and flush commodes. Officials were unsure how much will be sought or needed.

Finally, council approved a tentative deal to resolve problems left over from the West Chestnut Street storm sewer project of several years ago. Ed Day of Cedar Street and the Percics, whose back yard fronts West Chestnut Street, say the project created lingering drainage problems on their property that the village has yet to completely resolve.

The village’s engineering firm has come up with a plan to resolve the problems but the property owners need to sign off before the village will proceed with the repairs. G.W. Dailey of Lisbon submitted a bid of $2,100 to repair the Percics’ property, and officials estimate it would take another $900 to $1,400 to repair Day’s property.

Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak said this should serve as a cautionary tale when dealing with contractors on projects. She recommended on the next such project they withhold final payment until they are completely sure all lingering issues have been satisfactorily addressed.