Plans to repair Junction City sewer on hold

October 26, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

JUNCTION CITY - Dennis Gilbert said he can't cook out in his backyard because the stench is so bad.

He doesn't open the windows in his mobile home in Phylben Village during the summer but said he still smells the feces from his living room.

"I guess it's going to take some kids getting some kind of disease before they'll do something," he said.

Plans to put sewerage in the mobile home park, where Gilbert lives, have been put on hold.

While Junction City and Danville discuss, behind closed doors, a takeover of Junction City's water system, plans to improve sewerage for Junction City customers have been put on hold.

Junction City's sewerage is failing so badly the state won't allow any new sewer tap-ons. This mandate satisfied Kim King and so she hasn't talked publicly about the smells that waft over her fence from the ToombsCurve lift station on Old Hustonville Road.


King and her husband, Joe, said when the area gets even the slightest rain, feces and toilet paper come out of the manhole and flow into Ball's Branch creek that runs beside their house. They live in the county, buy water from Junction City and have a septic system.

But, still they have to put up with the smell of sewage from Junction City homes.

The Kings have run the neighborhood kids out of the creek, held their noses and waited for the problem to be fixed.

Danville Mayor John Bowling said recently he wants Danville to issue bonds to put in a force main, pump station and a trunk line to serve property owners inside the city limits. He said the Junction City part of the project isn't Danville's responsibility.

Junction City has applied for federal money to complete its part of the project, but Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder said the money could be less than the $2 million that's being sought. He said it is possible they won't be able to afford to hook on Phylben Village.

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