Now imagine how impatient Erie County officials must have felt when waiting two years for a $1.84 million federal check. This past week, the highly anticipated delivery actually occurred — much to the delight and relief of officials.
Commissioners finally obtained a $1.84 million federal reimbursement check for a $4.85 million sewer installation on Milan Road (U.S. 250) from East Bogart Road to Mason Road East.
State and local funds covered the remaining balance.
While concerned, commissioners said they always trusted the federal government would send a check previously agreed upon.
In the meantime, officials borrowed internally from their budget to pay for this project.
The sewer, intended to spark development in a mostly barren area spanning about five miles, started in 2009 and wrapped up in 2011.
Among the targeted areas: a 1,200-acre site abutting the NASA Plum Brook Station, where local officials envision a vibrant technology park sprouting up there soon.
“We’re excited about this project because commercial development was stifled on U.S. 250 for years due to a lack of sewers,” Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo said. “This sewer will now spur economic development.”
A new sewer line also parlays into major savings for county taxpayers.
Commissioners expect to conserve about $200,000 a year.
Officials approved eliminating trucking leachate, or liquid generated from garbage after the landfill compresses it, since the sewer can automatically transport the material underground to a treatment facility in Sandusky.
At a glance
Erie County officials spent $4.85 million to construct an 18-inch sewer line on Milan Road (U.S. 250) from East Bogart Road to Mason Road East in hopes of enticing businesses to relocate along the corridor.
Here’s how the funding breaks down:
• $2.67 million: State funds from a job-ready site account.
• $1.84 million: Federal funds from U.S. EPA
• $343,000: Local funds fronted by Erie County taxpayers.
Source: Erie County finance department