Plans still on for new sewer plant in Chavies

Bailey RichardsStaff Reporter

July 18, 2012

HAZARD — Officials with the Perry County Sanitation District are moving forward with plans to build a new sewage plant in Chavies, and say the plant could have a ground breaking as early as the fall if progress continues at its current rate.

Board Chairman Bobby Brown said that they have been able to acquire all but one of the funding sources needed to complete the project, and they should hear about that final grant soon. The plant can help take much of the strain off of the existing sewer system in Perry County, and will have the ability to be added on to as the need arises. In total, the cost of the project is projected to be around $1.4 million and is being funding by a combination of grants, coal severance and loans.

It will take that combination of several forms of funding to cover the expense of the new plant, but the pieces of this funding puzzle are nearly all in place.

“We are moving forward, we have one more grant to get in place,” said Brown. “We are waiting on the state government’s go ahead right now.”

The plant will initially serve around 160 customers in northern Perry County. While the question of customers is always an issue with any sort of start-up, many people fed up with septic tank upkeep could also elect for the change. Others without a private septic system may not have an option since straight piping into streams or the ground is illegal.

Along with hooking up those who are in violation of sanitation regulations, any new homes being built must be connected to a sewer system before electricity can be hooked up.

The location of the plant was being debated since two places had been suggested, but they have now decided on a property donated to the county.

“We are on the original plot which was the one the Duff family gave us, which is a little over a three acre plot,” said Brown. The land is on Combs Branch Mountain off of Highway 28 in Chavies.

Much of the funding will run out in around a year if it is not used, so the project is being pushed forward with force and could be completed in less than two years.

“If that final grant comes through and nothing else happens, we may be looking November or October (for a ground breaking),” Brown added.