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UPDATE: Grant will allow West Mansfield to correct water system issue

Logan County has received a $259,000 competitive set-aside grant through the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The funds, directed to the newly developed critical infrastructure program, will enable the Village of West Mansfield to improve its water treatment plant and sanitary sewer facilities.

CLICK HERE to read the Logan County Commission's release about the grant.

Village Administrator Dave Evans explained that the project will remove lime sludge buildup.

When the water plant was built about a decade ago, lime, which has been used to treat the village’s water supply to make it softer, was diverted through the village’s wastewater treatment system and deposits have occurred in the sewer lines and at the lagoons where the wastewater is treated.

Mr. Evans said the grant will allow the village to find an alternative disposal method for the lime as well as removing the lime sludge from the sewer system and lagoon.

“It is to correct a problem when the water plant went in,” Mr. Evans said. “For the (Environmental Protection Agency) as long as you are making progress they don’t set restrictions or dates. We were looking for financing and the EPA knew that. This allows us to move forward.”

The village is responsible for about $20,000 of the cost and the county will contribute also, Mr. Evans said.

Ohio received 76 requests for 2013 set-aside programs and awarded 29 grants.

Community Development Consultants of Columbus will assist the Logan County Commissioners in the selection of an engineer through a public bidding process to develop plans for the project, followed by selection of contractors, also through competitive bidding.

“This is a very important project that will benefit the village for years to come,” said Commissioner John Bayliss.

An aggressive timeline has been established to complete the project by spring 2014.

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