Funds Lining Up For Sewer Work

The Marshall County Commission is seeking to use $1.5 million in federal funding for an estimated $4.4 million sewage extension project in Mozart.

The Marshall County Sewerage District last fall applied for financial assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office to help fund the project. The office is serving as the pass-through agency for the grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Some residents for years have been discharging their sewage into ditches and empty lots. Other residents’ septic systems are failing, causing raw sewage to pool on streets. Ronda Francis, Marshall County Health Department administrator, said previously residents had the opportunity during the 1980s to connect to Wheeling’s sewage treatment system. But since not everyone agreed to do so, the state Public Service Commission nixed the project.

The project includes installation of 29,658 feet of 12-inch pipe and smaller gravity sewer pipe, 7,400 feet of 4-inch and smaller diameter force main, 277 manholes, two major pumping stations, five duplex grinder pumping stations, three simplex grinder pumping stations, one master metering station and service laterals.

The project can serve up to 223 residents living in the areas of Fraziers Run Road, Fairview Avenue, Kettler Avenue, Carl Street, Ruth Avenue, Schuberts Lane, Teal Circle, Arcadia Place, Snedeker Road, Highland Heights and surrounding areas in Marshall County.

Virginia McDonald, area specialist for USDA Rural Development, said the ARC grant was approved Sept. 3.

“We are now in the process of determining the conditions which must be met before the funding can become available,” McDonald said. “It is likely these conditions will be identified and relayed to the Marshall County Sewerage District by July 1. The district will have 60 months from the time the conditions are identified to fully disburse the ARC grant funds.”

Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said $4.960 million in funding is available. In addition to the $1.5 million ARC grant, other funding sources include: an $800,000 State and Tribal Assistance Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency; a $500,000 state Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council grant; a $1.660 million IJDC loan; and $500,000 from the county coffers.

“We still do not have a sewer treatment agreement with the city of Wheeling. Those discussions are ongoing and a meeting with Wheeling will take place in the very near future,” Frohnapfel said.

The Bel-O-Mar Regional Council is serving as the project’s coordinator.

The county commission is scheduled to hold a meeting at 7 p.m. March 19 at the courthouse to allow residents to ask questions or make comments about the project.