City tries again for sewer line funding

Mayor John Berlin said the city’s trying again to secure funding to extend sewer service from Pennsylvania Avenue, under the railroad tracks, to Benton Road/state Route 14.

A grant application was submitted this week to the Appalachian Regional Commission through the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association seeking at least 50 percent of the estimated $230,000 project cost.

The city previously applied for a grant for the project to extend the sanitary sewer, but just missed getting the funding, according to what Berlin was told.

“We were encouraged,” he said.

If the sanitary sewer could be extended the short 700 feet from Pennsylvania Avenue under the Norfolk Southern Railway and continuing to state Route 14, he said there’s a potential to eliminate some septic tanks in that region and open up some heavy industrial land for development.

The area already has water service, so with sewer service, there could be some potential for business to come. Berlin said the sewer line would serve the M-2 zoned area. He said there are lots of homes in the area that could benefit, too.

He said if they received the funding, they would find a way to get the rest of the money.

OMEGA distributes grants for infrastructure improvements for communities and for economic development.

In December, the city Utilities Commission submitted a list of possible projects needing funding, including the Benton Road sanitary sewer project.

OMEGA had been looking for projects that could be funded through future grants and asked entities to submit lists of possible projects.