Bethel Twp. water project discussed

By Cecilia Fox

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners declared the necessity of a water supply extension project in Bethel Township at their meeting Tuesday.

The commissioners also set a public hearing to discuss the project for Feb. 4 at 1:45 p.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room.

The roughly $2.5 million project extends water supply service to properties in the Phoneton area of Bethel Township, including properties on E. U.S. Route 40, S. U.S. Route 40, S. State Route 202, S. Wildcat Road, Shroyer Drive and Dinsmore Drive.

The township is funding a major portion of the project, County and Sanitary Engineer Paul Huelskamp said. The county is also receiving funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

“We got Brandt taken care of several years ago and we’re extending it over to Phoneton,” township trustee Jerry Hirt said. He noted that the township aims to keep the assessments in range of what the residents of Brandt paid.

A portion of the construction costs will be assessed to the benefitting properties. The estimated cost per property owner is about $8,000, Huelskamp said.

In addition to assessments, property owners must also pay a tap-in fee and connection charge if they decide to connect to the water supply. The property owner will also be required to install the water service line and meter at their own expense.

“Water and sewer have been extremely important to, not only the trustees, but all residents of Bethel Township,,” township trustee Beth van Haaren said. “Those areas have historically had problems with sewage overflow into the drainage ditches and creeks, and also water wells that have been contaminated.”

She said that the trustees understand that $8,000 is a substantial amount, but that the project will benefit the residents of Phoneton.

Phoneton resident Susan Donohue disagreed, saying she and other residents have excellent wells and no need for this service.

“There is no benefit to us,” she said.

Declaring a necessity for the project is a preliminary step in the project timeline.

In other business, the commissioners awarded a contract to Brechbuhler Scales for the replacement of the county transfer station scales in the amount of $142,547.

By Cecilia Fox

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