Wednesday, March 01, 2000

Sewer plant plans surveyed


Residents question timing and size

BY TERRY FLYNN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — Tom Greiser looked at the various displays and charts, listened to what sewer experts had to say, and finally decided he still didn't have a solid opinion about the need for a new sewer treatment plant in southern Campbell County.

        Mr. Greiser was one of about 80 people who visited Campbell County Middle School here Tuesday evening for a Sanitation District No. 1 workshop on the proposed waste water treatment plant.

        “I'm still not certain this needs to happen, at least not right away,” said Mr. Greiser, who lives on three acres south of Alexandria.

        Sanitation District officials and board members were on hand to answer questions from county residents concerning the proposed new facility, which they say is necessary to alleviate existing environmental and public health problems and allow for future development.

        The Alexandria treatment plant overflows during periods of heavy rain, sending untreated sewage into streams. There are also problems with septic tanks and private package treatment plants. For those reasons, the state has placed a moratorium on development in the area.

        The Sanitation District is presently planning for interim repairs and upgrades in the sewer system, but not bringing a new treatment plant on line for about 10 years.

        Alexandria Mayor Dan McGinley said a new treatment plant is needed now.

        “I don't know what will happen in 10 years,” he said. “We need to accelerate this process any way we can. We have some streets inside the city with serious septic tank problems, and there are many more in the (unincorporated) county.”

        Peter Garrett, who owns a small farm near 12 Mile Creek in the southern end of the county, was curious about a display that showed the size and capacity of the existing Dry Creek plant in Villa Hills, the proposed western regional plant in Boone County, and the proposed eastern regional facility in Campbell County.

        Dry Creek is a 20-acre facility on 90 acres of land; the proposed Boone County site is 150 acres with a facility that would eventually cover 50 acres; the proposed Campbell County site is 20 acres with a two-acre facility.

        “I don't see how that small a facility can handle the expected development in the county in the next 20 years,” Mr. Garrett said to engineer Pete Johnson, who is a consultant on the Boone County site for GRW Engineers.

        Mr. Johnson explained that studies show the new plant, with an initial capacity of 5 million gallons a day, would only be required to handle the area from Alexandria south.

       



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