Liberty proceeding with sewer project

September 11, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The City Council authorized the mayor Wednesday to review and sign documents for grant and loan applications for a proposed 12-mile sewer line from Liberty to Dunnville.

The city will seek funding from the Department of Local Government Community Development Block Grant Program, Economic Development Administration, Rural Development and PRIDE - Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment. The application is expected to be complete by the Oct. 1 deadline.

The proposal is to extend sewer service to Tarter Gate Co. which plans to build an addition that could add jobs for up to 150 people.

Richard Montgomery, a local surveyor, suggested the city design the sewer line to serve other people, who would help pay the debt. He was assured there will be no rate increase for citizens already on the city's sewer service.


"We want to benefit as many people as we can," said Mayor Steve Sweeney. "But we want to benefit our citizens first." He said the city will be assured in writing that it will be adequately compensated for use by Tarter Gate Co.

Montgomery also questioned the amount of sewage from the gate company that will be discharged into the sewer plant. He said the city may not be able to handle it if the amount is more than expected.

A study showed that Tarter Gate will discharge an estimated 20,000 gallons per day of industrial wastewater from its treatment plant, but earlier estimates were that it would discharge about 6,000 gallons a week.

The mayor said the city does not anticipate any problems. He said the capacity is 600,000 gallons per day for the treatment plant, and that 95 percent of the days, the plant will have a lot of capacity.

During the discussion, the question arose of why the sewer extension project was approved and one a few years ago for the Bread of Life restaurant was not.

"What's the difference in this project and the Bread of Life?" asked Tony Delk, a local restaurant owner. "You denied that and these people (Tarters) ask once and get it. Those folks (Sandy and Jerry Tucker) only asked the line be extended for two miles and offered to pay for it."

There was no comment from the council; however, local attorney Jerry Foster said he was opposed to the Bread of Life request and also opposes the Tarter application. "I don't think we can supply the service," Foster said.

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