Boyle to seek sewer grant

December 30, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Homes in Phylben Village may once again be included in a project to correct sewerage problems in the south end of Boyle County.

None of the mobile homes in the village is connected to the sewer system; instead, people there rely on septic systems to take care of their waste water.

The soil is soggy there. It doesn't drain and doesn't percolate. That means, simply, that septic systems don't work, and sewage ends up running on the ground.

Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder has long been a proponent of extending sewer service to the area. He wanted to tack it on to the Junction City sewerage project that will take out the Toombs Curve pump station that malfunctions and spills sewage.


In October 2003, Wilder announced that Phylben Village would have to wait while Junction City and Danville negotiated for Junction City's water and sewerage systems. Now that the systems have changed hands, and the plans to improve sewerage in the area are back on track, Wilder wants to see Phylben Village included.

He asked magistrates Tuesday to apply for a federal Community Development Block Grant to install sewer service in the mobile home park. Magistrates agreed.

Communities have to focus on one project for the grant, and the county had planned to apply for money for drainage improvements for McDowell House.

Wilder said he spoke to people at McDowell House, and they said they had other sources for money. They agreed that the application will more likely be approved if it is made for Phylben Village, he said.

Danville Engineer Earl Coffey hopes that the Junction City improvements will be finished by fall and then work can begin on Phylben Village.

Wilder said it will cost an estimated $1 million to install sewer service in the mobile home park.

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