Perrysburg seeks state, federal funds for wastewater project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Aspacher/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:07
PERRYSBURG - City council approved a plan to seek state and federal funding for a $14.8 million expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, despite objections by two council members to using outside money for the local project.
The plan through the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund will save the city nearly $2.7 million in interest over the life of the 20-year loan when compared to the cost of paying for the project with municipal bonds. Also considered was a loan through the Ohio Water Development Authority that would have come with a slightly higher interest rate costing about $700,000 more than the plan approved Tuesday.
Sara Weisenburger and Todd Grayson voted against the measure, with Grayson several times referring to loan programs involving federal funds as Ponzi schemes.
Grayson said people in other cities across the country shouldn't foot the bill for a project in Northwest Ohio that won't provide them any benefit.
"We are bankrupting ourselves as a nation by stealing from each other," he said.
Other members of council asserted that it's not their role to attempt to force changes in how federal programs are administered, only to best serve their constituents here. Mayor Nelson Evans said another city would simply receive the funding if Perrysburg did not pursue it.
"You've got to look at the bottom line here," said council member John Kevern. "We're not here to straighten out the federal government. We were elected, all of us, to take care of the people of Perrysburg."
Tim Warren, director of public utilities, called the decision to pursue the best interest rate "straight forward." He noted that the WPCLF loan is not without some additional governmental "red tape," but said it is well worth the better rate.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requires several studies be done regarding the presence of wetlands and potential infringement upon habitations of the endangered Indiana bat at a combined cost of about $5,500, Warren reported Tuesday.SClBThis will be the third phase of improvements at the wastewater treatment plant, with construction expected to begin early next year. Upgrades and additions including three aeration tanks, two final clarifiers, additional blower and two effluent pumps will allow the plant's capacity to nearly double to a peak hydraulic capacity of 24 million gallons per day.
In other business, council:
• Approved rezoning for 649 W. Front St., the owners of which requested a 3.9-acre parcel on their 13-acre lot be changed from S-1 scenic to R-2 single-family residential.
• Authorized a contract with Bower's Asphalt and Paving not to exceed $523,184.20 for 2013 street resurfacing.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:29

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