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Commissioners set rates, user fees for new lines

July 25, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

LISBON - With new water and sewer lines nearing completion in the County Home Road area, the Columbiana County Commissioners on Wednesday set the rates and user fees for the agencies which will be using the services.

The water will come from Salem from a line which used to service the federal prison in Elkton. The line came near the Robert Bycroft School and is being extended to the workshop for developmentally disabled, juvenile detention facility, county dog pound, sheriff's department and county jail facilities, which are all within a mile of each other.

The mini-sewage treatment plant and sewer lines will service the same area, keeping the agencies in compliance with the Ohio EPA, which had demanded some upgrades to the individual systems servicing the agencies.

The commissioners will be paying 43.5 percent of the sewage costs, with the county Board of Developmental Disabilities paying the largest share of 46.7 percent. The Multi County Juvenile Attention System will pay 9.8 percent.

The rate is based on the proposed usage of each group.

Additionally, the water rates are based on the cost of purchasing water from the city of Salem, labor, lab fees and other operating expenses. The total cost is estimated at $79,009. The commissioners will pay about $34,371 annually for the water, while the BDD will pay $36,900 and the MCJAS will pay $7,743.

Finally, the county divided up the debt from the $609,536 borrowed in order to complete the projects. The BDD is responsible for $190,598 divided up into $743 monthly payments. The MCJAS's share is $77,028 or a monthly payment of $300. Again the commissioners have the largest share at $341,910, with a monthly payment of $1,333.

According to the legislation approving the paperwork, which was OK'd Wednesday by Commissioners Mike Halleck and John Payne, the sewer costs were based on a 2008 agreement between the entities. Commissioner Jim Hoppel was understandably absent due to the funeral for his wife, Bonnie, later in the afternoon.

During the prayer given prior to the meeting, the Rev. Jenna Brown of St. Jacob's United Church of Christ offered a special prayer for Bonnie and those grieving for her on Wednesday. Halleck also made an official statement for the record.

"Both myself and Commissioner Payne, the staff of the commissioners office and those working throughout the courthouse send the deepest sympathies on Bonnie's passing," Halleck said. "She was a wonderful mother and wife. She will be missed."

In other action, commissioners awarded the roof repair project at the county jail to Boak and Sons, Inc. the lowest bidder. The Canfield company will be paid $107,000 to replace two smaller sections of the roof. The main portion of the roof was replaced in 2010 with the two smaller sections put on hold due to lack of funds.



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