Groundbreaking ceremony set for sewage plant
by Cris Ritchie
CHAVIES – Officials are set to break ground for a sewer treatment plant that for one local community has been a long time coming.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Chavies Wastewater Treatment Plant is scheduled for next week, and Bobby Brown, chairman of the Perry County Sanitation District 1, said he is excited to see the project finally get off the ground.
Bringing a treatment plant to the Chavies community has been an effort at least seven years in the making, Brown said, and movement on the project really got started a little over a year ago when Judge-Executive Denny Ray Noble and the fiscal court got involved as well.
“The county’s behind us, and that’s accounted for a lot of it,” Brown said.
The plant will be constructed near the line with Perry and Breathitt counties, and in its first phase will serve approximately 60 customers, including Chavies Elementary School. Eventually, officials expects new lines to be installed that will include Highway 28 toward Ky. 15, and then beyond that.
Brown said the need for this plant is evident in the Chavies community, where the elementary school continues to face issues with its independent package plant, and a number of straight pipes remain in the community which drain directly into tributaries of the North Fork of the Kentucky River. Brown also serves as chairman of the Soil Conservation District, and noted this project was one of the main reasons he accepted an appointment to the sanitation district’s board of directors.
“One of my main objectives to even be on this board was to see more of the river cleaned up,” he said.
The property is currently being surveyed and the plot updated, and Brown noted the district should be ready to accept bids within 60 days. The district has roughly $2 million to complete the project, with funding coming from sources including the Environmental Protection Agency and coal severance among others.
The Perry County Sanitation District 1 and the fiscal court will host the plant’s groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19. The site is just off of Highway 28 on Combs Branch Road. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, and signs will be posted along Highways 15 and 28 directing people to the site.
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