Local citizen Richard Montgomery is in favor of the application but is concerned about the location of the sewer line and how it will be constructed. The best route would be along U.S. 127 South because the line could provide sewer service to businesses and residents in the future, but the cheapest route is along Green River. That would cost an estimated $500,000 less.
He suggested the sewer line and pump stations be large enough to accommodate Tarter Gate and other places along the way, like the Bread of Life restaurant and a proposed 40-resident subdivision on Walnut Hill.
Engineers have suggested a 4-inch sewer line to handle not less than 5,000 gallons per day for Tarter and up to 20,000 gallons per day for growth.
Mayor Steve Sweeney said the city's current sewer treatment plant capacity is 600,000 gallons a day. The plant usually treats 220,000 gallons per day.
Sweeney said the city can only apply legally for the funds in this application to serve Tarter Gate.
Add-ons could be a separate project later, he said.
Diaz said this particular pot of money is for economic development that serves businesses that plan to provide more jobs.
"Once it is built, you can come back and do other things." she said. "Nothing says this is to benefit one person only."
Local resident Jerry Foster expressed concern about ground water going into the sewer system. He's also concerned about keeping the sewer rates down and also about dumping raw sewage into Green River.
In the county where there is 7.1 percent unemployment, 100 new jobs could mean an additional $19 million a year, said Arlen Sanders, executive director of Liberty/Casey County Economic Development Authority.
Sandy Tucker of the Bread of Life restaurant said about half of the 100 Galilean Ministries employees work in the restaurant. She spends about $6,000 a month to haul sewage to the city and about $1,500 actually goes to the city.
Tucker had asked the city a few years ago to build a sewer line about two miles south where she proposed a restaurant and recreational complex, but was turned down. She said she would be interested in hooking the restaurant onto the new sewer line.
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