When construction of the Bay View sewer project gets started, there's likely to be some temporary inconvenience for local residents.
That's why it might be a good idea to show up for Thursday's public meeting, said Roberta Acosta, senior rural development specialist for WSOS.
Want to Go?
WHAT: Update on Bay View sewer project.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.
WHERE: Bay View fire station.
"There's a lot of good information that's going to make their lives easier during this difficult time," Acosta said.
The sewer project will replace sometimes-leaky septic tanks blamed for polluting Sandusky Bay with a sewer system that will tie Bay View homes and businesses to Sandusky's wastewater treatment plant.
The project's breakthrough came in April, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would provide a $2.9 million grant and $3 million loan for the $7 million project. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, previously had secured $500,000 for the project.
A date for starting construction hasn't been determined; it could be either later this year or next year, said Bob England, director of environmental health for the Erie County Health Department.
There may be additional grant funds available, Acosta said.
She said the meeting will discuss a request for a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant. The CDBG application, which will be submitted in June, will seek a $500,000 grant to reduce the cost of the project and $100,000 to help low and moderate income Bay View residents with their fees for connecting to the sewer system, Acosta said.
Acosta said she's optimistic the village will be able to obtain the additional grant.
The meeting also will offer an update on the project, she said.