Sunday, November 12, 2000

Plant site to be named

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT WRIGHT — A decision on the location of the proposed Eastern Regional wastewater treatment plant in Campbell County is expected Monday when the board of directors of Sanitation District No. 1 meets at 6 p.m. at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell.

        A site selection committee recently trimmed a list of four possible sites to two — one along 12 Mile Creek above Ky. 8 and the Ohio River, and the other at the current treatment plant in Alexandria.

        Although Sanitation District officials would not discuss the relative merits of each site before the board meeting, the Alexandria site is the most likely selection because it received almost no opposition.

        By comparison, the 12 Mile Creek site has been the subject of severe criticism from several property owners who would be required to give up land for the plant site.

        “Several people have told the board they don't want to sell their farms and will fight any attempt to take the land,” District General Manager Jeff Eger said. At the Alexandria plant location, the District would acquire about 80 acres for the site, and a property owner there is willing to sell the required acreage to the District.

        “The new plant would sit on 10-15 acres, but we want 80 acres total so we will have a buffer area between the plant and nearby subdivisions, as well as any homes that might be built in the area in the future,” he said.

        The current plant has repeatedly discharged sewage into the watershed around Alexandria because heavy rains result in storm water overflowing the plant and carrying the waste to nearby creeks and eventually the Ohio River.


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