Montgomery County and the Village of Phillipsburg announced today the upcoming construction of a $4.7 million public sanitary sewer system installation in Phillipsburg (and an area of Clay Township). This project is in response to orders issued in 2009 by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which instructed Phillipsburg to correct failing septic systems that were leaking sewage into storm drains and ditches.
“Installing a sanitary sewer system is the best long-term solution to the problem, and it will help protect public health and the environment,” said Montgomery County Commission President Dan Foley.
The sewer installation will begin in the next two weeks and is scheduled to be completed in May 2015.
“Montgomery County Environmental Services did a wonderful job working with the Village of Phillipsburg to secure a $2.1 million grant to help offset the cost of the project,” Foley said. “I’m proud of the work they’ve done so far to help our citizens.”
In 2009, the OEPA discovered that sewage was contaminating storm drains and ditches throughout Phillipsburg. The current septic systems were failing and could not be updated due to soil conditions and lot sizes. The OEPA then issued orders for Phillipsburg to correct the problem.
In 2012, Montgomery County Environmental Services signed an agreement with Phillipsburg to address the problem by installing, owning and operating a new sanitary sewer system in Phillipsburg.
“We believe this sewer project will improve the quality of life for the residents of Phillipsburg and Clay Township,” said Patrick Turnbull, director of Montgomery County Environmental Services. “We’re excited to work with the Village of Phillipsburg to make this happen.”
The Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners has hired Brackney, Inc. to install the sewer system. The project will impact 255 properties in Phillipsburg and 10 in Clay Township.
“Roadways will have to be closed during construction, which will provide a safer work environment and allow for faster construction progress,” Turnbull said. “We will work with the contractor to minimize the impact on the businesses and residents in this area.”
The project will cost approximately $4.7 million. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency provided a $2.128 million grant to offset some of the cost of the project, as well as a $2.48 million loan that will be repaid by benefited property owners through a property assessment.
The tentative assessment for Phillipsburg residents is $9,500 and $7,337 for Clay Twp. residents. The actual assessment cost will be determined after construction work is completed.
After the project is completed, an assessment bill will be sent to property owners. All, part or none of the bill can be paid immediately. Any balance left will be charged interest and appear on property taxes, and can be paid over a 40 year period.
Residents who will be affected by the project can contact the project manager with any questions or concerns at (937) 781-2629.
About Montgomery County Environmental Services
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Services provides trash disposal, recycling, drinking water distribution, and wastewater treatment to the citizens of Montgomery County. The department also offers educational outreach to local schools, communities, and businesses that want to learn more about conservation and sustainability in the Miami Valley region.