Saturday, April 03, 1999

Forum topic: sewage facility

New Boone Co. sites explored

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Boone County residents will have the opportunity later this month to voice their opinion on several possible sites for a new sewage treatment facility. The issue has become controversial.

        Sanitation District No. 1 officials have discussed potential sites in the past weeks, and will select several for presentation at a public hearing April 27.

        “There are only so many sites available in Boone County that fit the needs of a treatment facility,” district board Chairman Rick Kennedy said Friday. “We want the public involved in the process. There is nothing secret in what we are doing.”

        He said the site should ideally be in a somewhat remote location, on a large piece of land that would isolate it from neighbors, and also near the Ohio River where the discharge would go.

        In the past year, the district picked two sites that it considered excellent locations. One is on property along Ky. 8 owned by the McGlasson family, which has fruit orchards and a produce stand business, and the other is on Cinergy property at the East Bend Power Plant on Ky. 338.

        In each case, public outcry

        resulted in the district's looking elsewhere.

        The McGlassons didn't want to sell their property, and although the district could have sought condemnation to acquire the site, the number of complaints from Boone County residents persuaded the board members not to proceed.

        Similarly, the board had a tentative agreement with Cinergy to use a portion of the East Bend Power Plant property along the Ohio River for the treatment facility, but residents in the Rabbit Hash and Big Bone areas complained to Cinergy and the deal was never finalized.

        Mr. Kennedy cited the complaints about individual sites as the primary reason the board decided to present several possibilities to the public before making a final decision.

        The board will meet in a special session at 4 p.m. April 19 at the headquarters building on Ky. 17 in Fort Wright, and following that executive session, the site locations will be disclosed. The public hearing will be 6 p.m. April 27, but a site has not been selected.

        “No one wants the facility in their back yard, and we want to make every effort to build a facility that will adequately serve the area and at the same time have the least impact on residents,” Mr. Kennedy said.


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