Marietta is ready to apply for money from the Ohio EPA that will fund the construction of a new water treatment plant in the town of Marietta.
Resolution No. 46 received third reading at Thursday’s Marietta City Council meeting and then a unanimous vote to pass the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account Agreement.
The plant replacement plan has an estimated price tag of $32.4 million, but Marietta received a huge boost for the project last week with the Ohio EPA listing Marietta with the highest score of all. submitted projects eligible for Emerging Contaminants funding for the 2023 project year.
As a result, the EPA estimates the city may receive $10.1 million in forgiveness of loan principal. As Councilman Bret Allphin, chairman of the city’s water, sewer, and sanitation committee, explained, the city will still apply for a loan, but the $10 million will essentially count as a grant. To illustrate the impact of Marietta’s achievement, Allphin pointed out that the total of all funding for emerging contaminants in drinking water under the Ohio EPA’s bipartisan infrastructure law, for all projects this funding round, is just over $19 million. This means that Marietta receives half of all “to agree” funds available to everyone on the project list.
The WSRLA loan application is due December 2. Allphin said early on that he didn’t want to apply for the loan until the public had a chance to ask questions and give feedback. It meets every Tuesday evening in November with all interested citizens who want to talk about the wastewater treatment plant replacement project, and will continue on November 22 and 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the armory room 10.
“I received a lot of questions and a lot of positive comments. » he said at Thursday’s council meeting. “I’m happy with the due diligence we’ve done on this.”
The Board unanimously suspended the rules at second and third readings, then decided to pass resolutions 58 and 59 to provide the Historic Harmar Bridge Company with the property easements and joint use agreement they were looking for in order to proceed with long-term plans for the bridge. Some earlier concerns raised by the city’s assistant engineer Bob Heady were addressed before the vote by HHBC spokeswoman Janelle Patterson, but council members did not comment further on the issue during the votes.
In addition, the Board unanimously adopted:
¯ An easement agreement for public parking purposes for use in conjunction with the Ohio River Museum and the Campus Martius Museum, on property owned by the State of Ohio, adjacent to Washington Street and under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Historical Society.
¯ An order amending the pay scale and increasing the salaries of various special non-union positions within the water treatment/distribution department and the sewage treatment department, effective January 1.
¯ A resolution to enter into a subrecipient agreement on behalf of the city with Washington County Homeless Project Inc., 333 Fourth St., for up to $10,000 in direct payment of a rental agreement for use of the property at 274 Front St. as a shelter for county and city homeless residents.