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Sewer Project Moves Forward

By Staff | Jun 15, 2016

PADEN CITY – City Council approved the final reading of a bond ordinance for a $3.9 million sewer project.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the city a $471,000 grant that will require about $3.4 million more in low-interest loans.

City Water Clerk Julie Efaw said the Sewer Board has to pay around 10 percent of its monthly payment to the municipal bond commission.

She said the bond payment of $1,189 has to be paid until a year’s worth of regular monthly payments have been made $142,692 paid to the municipal bond commission.

Efaw said the monthly payment will be $11,891 for 40 years to the USDA.

She said the best case scenario is that City Hall could possibly break ground later this year.

The project would include necessary repairs to storm sewer lines and related sewerage system infrastructure.

“This project will be a very good thing for the city,” Efaw said. “This will eliminate the amount of water that is being taken into the plant that needs to be treated separating storm water from sewer water. That’ll cut costs as to how much the city has to pay to treat its sewer water because as of now, all water is going into the sewer plant.”

In other matters, council approved the purchase of a 2014 F150 for $100 to add to its police fleet.

Also, two neighbors Doug Snyder and Robert Wetzel spoke up during the citizens comments about road issue. Snyder said the end of Robinson Road goes to his home and he paved it a while ago.

As far as City Hall knows, he never sought permission of the city, nor did he request a building permit, Mayor-elect Joel Davis said. If he had, he would have been told that it was a city street, Davis said. Since he paved it, he has been using it as his driveway.

Snyder put in a gravel driveway off of this section to his home. The problem arises when Snyder parks on the road/driveway and blocks the use of Wetzel’s driveway, Davis said.

And it was John “Hoppy” Hopkins last official council meeting as mayor.

Davis will be sworn in at the July 1 meeting.