BUTLER — The village is on its way to start construction of a new waste water treatment plant, with the approval of a site it has purchased between Butler and Bellville.
Village officials received notice this week from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that five acres next to the Clear Fork Trailer Park is an approved site for construction, said Mayor Ken Kinley.
The Clear Fork Trailer Park is on State Route 97 which runs from Butler to Bellville. The acreage adjoins the park, and the five acres is located on the southeast section of the land, near the bike trail. It was purchased from the Ashland Corporation.
No starting date for construction of this facility has been decided, said Kinley. It will be under the direction of K. E. McCartney and Associates, Inc., engineers.
Kinley said the new plant should take care of waste water needs for Butler as well as future needs for the area.
The village has been working for some time to find a site for the waste water plant. Kinley has met with officials from the EPA numerous times.
Kinley said now that the village has the land it will be able to start the process of applying for grants for construction of the plant. There is a person within the EPA who will be able to steer the village in the right direction to find sources for grants, Kinley said.
K. E. McCartney and Associates, Inc., will have drawings of the project and be in charge of the construction project. Brian McCartney, of that firm, is village engineer for Bellville and has worked closely with people in Bellville, Butler and the Clear Fork Valley School District. The school district will be building two new elementary school buildings in both villages.
Kinley said “the first step has been accomplished” and things can now move forward.
The EPA will help in the grant application process, and people within Richland County government can also be of help, said Kinley.
There is no time line yet for the project, because the process has just begun, he said.
Kinley said the village has worked for almost two years to find a suitable site for the project. Various people within the village had tried to talk to people earlier on because they believed some groups could help with the project. But most said they couldn’t help because the process was still in its early stages.
The McCartney firm will work with contractors and put out requests for bids once the project starts, Kinley said.