PUTNAM COUNTY — After much discussion members of the steering
committee for a proposed regional water and sewer district have come up
with a name for the district.
Members of the Steering Committee
met Thursday to receive updated information on the progress of forming a
district and talk about getting information out to villages, townships
and residents about the district.
The regional water and sewer
district will be called the Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer
District. The committee members felt it was important to have a name
that would still apply if the district is ever extended beyond the
Putnam County boundaries.
Progress continues on a study to plan a
regional water and sewer district in Putnam County. The county was
awarded a $100,000 Ohio Local Government Innovative Grant last Dec. to
do the necessary work to form a regional water and sewer district under
Ohio Revised Code 6119.
During a prior feasibility study done
after Ottawa received a LGIF grant, a recommendation was issued that a
regional water and sewer district could mean “significant opportunities
for meaningful savings, both in capital costs and annual O & M
(operations and maintenance) expenses.
Poggemeyer Design Group Inc. is doing the preparation to establish a water and sewer region,
M. Amos, of Poggemeyer Design Group, told members of the steering
committee the next step in the process was to talk to village councils
and township trustee members.
“We need to know what systems and
services they have,” Amos said. “It’s also important they know that
nothing’s been decided about the district. All that has been done is
receipt of a grant to establish a district and preliminary work.”
council recently sent out a letter to each entity in Putnam County
about the process including requesting a meeting with each entity to
discuss potential participation in the proposed regional water and sewer
Poggemeyer Design Group Inc., along with steering committee members will be attending the meetings to discuss the district.
entities will be asked will include if they would consider being a
member of the regional water and sewer district in Putnam County, if
their water and/or wastewater system have excess capacity, and if they
would be willing to provide services outside of their jurisdiction.
the plan is complete’ participants will have to petition the Court of
Common Pleas Court to establish a regional water and sewer district in
Putnam County. This plan has to include a finance plan and a plan of
operation for the proposed district.
Prior to filing the plan
public information meetings have to be held The plan has to include a
financing plan, planned administrative policies, and how billing and
collection will take place.
The steering committee agreed a web
page/Facebook page should be established to keep residents updated on
the progress of the district.
The next steering committee meeting
is 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, in the court house assembly room. The
public is welcome to attend.