Thursday, January 11, 2001

Alexandria site approved for regional sewage plant




By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WILDER — The judge-executives of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties Wednesday approved the Sanitation District's selection of a site on Ky. 10 south of Alexandria for the Eastern Regional Treatment Plant.

        Sanitation officials say the new $30 million plant, which is expected to be in operation within five years, is needed to handle the anticipated increase in sewage treatment demand over the next 20-30 years in Campbell County and throughout Northern Kentucky.

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        “This concludes an ongoing effort over the past year or more to locate and approve a site,” said Sanitation District General Manager Jeff Eger during a special meeting Wednesday at the Marquis Banquet Center. “Throughout, we made ev ery effort to involve the public in the process.

        “We want to continue to engage the public as we move forward with the design of the plant, possible use of excess land on the site, and possible uses for portions of the office building,” Mr. Eger said.

        A selection committee spent several months going over a variety of possible sites before initially selecting four finalists.

        The Sanitation District will purchase about 80 acres, although the footprint of the treatment facility requires only about 15 acres, because officials want a sufficient natural buffer to shield the plant from housing and future development.

        The property picked for the treatment plant is next to the Alexandria treatment plant, which regularly overflows during heavy storms, sending untreated or partially treated wastewater into streams.

        The property around the plant is owned by RL Corp., which is Don and Rose Woeste of Alexandria. The judges-executive also approved an ordinance calling for acquisition of the land at 4195 Ky. 10.

        “We are currently in negotiations with the owners, who have been very helpful in allowing us access,” ' Mr. Eger said. “I believe we can negotiate the sale and purchase of the land without using condemnation proceedings.”

        The final plan for the new treatment plant must be approved by the Kentucky Division of Water, but Mr. Eger said state water officials last week expressed initial approval of what the Sanitation District is doing and said they did not anticipate any problems.

       



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