Water and sewer services stretch south
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor
Friday, 16 November 2012 12:03
More than $8 million is being buried in the ground in southern Wood County.
|Workers installing waterline in Custar. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Water and sewer services are being installed in the small villages of Custar, Milton Center, Bloomdale, Bairdstown, Cygnet and West Millgrove.
Between now and the end of 2013, the following projects will be completed:
• Custar and Milton Center waterlines, costing $3 million, by Gleason Construction of Toledo and Buckeye Excavating of Chagrin Falls.
• West Millgrove sewer project, costing $2 million, by B. Hill'z Excavating of Wayne.
• Cygnet new waterline, priced at $750,000, yet to be bid.
• Bloomdale and Bairdstown new waterline, estimated at $2.5 million, yet to be bid.
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District, which is handling the projects, was able to secure grants and low interest loans for much of the work, according to Jerry Greiner, the district's executive director.
"It seems like an extremely large amount of money going to one end of the county," Greiner said.
Both Custar and Milton Center officials have been waiting more than a decade to get public water.
"It's been a long time coming," said Custar Mayor Linda Bechstein.
The towns first needed to get sewer services, since several individual septic systems were leaking into ditches.
"You could step out your door and smell it," the mayor said.
The sewer project was completed about 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the communities continued to get by with hard water that damaged appliances, Bechstein said.
But now, with the help of grants and low interest loans, quality water will soon be piped to about 212 homes and businesses at affordable costs, she said.
"I think they will appreciate it when they get it," Bechstein said of village residents.
In the West Millgrove area, 114 homes under environmental orders will be able to tap into a sanitary sewer. More than 80 percent of that project was financed by grants, according to Greiner.
Cygnet and Bloomdale are both scheduled to get public waterlines next year to replace the village well fields.
All projects are under the direction of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District with funding and engineering design by Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green.
According to Greiner, the southern portion of the county benefits in ways other than getting the water and sewer services.
The area feels the economic push of the investments, Greiner said. That includes boosts to local contractors, plumbers, material suppliers, restaurants and carryouts.
"It's a great thing when you bring a bunch of construction guys in," Greiner said.
As well, these workers buy local groceries, fuel and necessities benefitting retailers from McComb, Deshler, Findlay, Fostoria and Bowling Green, Greiner said.
The city of Bowling Green will benefit by selling excess water from its water plant which helps minimize the fixed costs of plant operations for the city's residents. The city income tax will also benefit from tax revenue from employees at Poggemeyer Design in Bowling Green, according to Greiner.
Only one incorporated village in the county, Bairdstown, remains unsewered. Towns still without public water services are West Millgrove, Risingsun and Luckey.