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Published: Thursday, 6/12/2003

Commissioners give villages funds for sewers

BY JANE SCHMUCKER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Fayette and Lyons were winners when Fulton County Commissioners divvied up federal funds from the Community Development Block Grant program this week.

Commissioners awarded Fayette $91,000 for sanitary sewer improvements, including work that will allow it to receive sewage from Camp Palmer about three miles southwest of the village and Serenity Haven, about 2,000 feet west of the village limits. Work inside the village limits is estimated at $180,000 to $200,000, interim village administrator Tom Spiess said.

Lyons got $35,000 for storm water sewer work, which includes replacing 100-year-old tile on South Adrian Street. Some of the tile broke when the village installed sanitary sewer lines this year and last year and storm water sometimes accumulated along the street. The total cost of the project is $47,300; the village will pay its share from its street fund, administrator Vicki Neumeyer said.

Wauseon, which was guaranteed money if it made a suitable request, received $26,000 to make curbs and sidewalks more accessible to people using wheelchairs and $6,000 to install a chair lift at the municipal swimming pool.

Three downtown intersections will be modified: South Fulton at Commercial, Chestnut, and Leggett streets. Most of the city's curbs and sidewalks already have been made accessible to handicapped people, Mayor Jerry Matheny said.

The four requests for funds that commissioners turned down were:

w Metamora, which asked for $42,500 to make its village hall more accessible to handicapped people.

w Elmira and Burlington, which asked for $70,000 for a sanitary sewer project.

w Ability Center of Defiance, which asked for $15,000 to build ramps for handicapped people at three homes with a low to medium household income.

w Five County Alcohol/Drug Program, which asked for $70,000 for a sanitary sewer project at Serenity Haven, a women's residential treatment facility west of Fayette. However, the Fayette project will fulfill at least part of the Serenity Haven request, Commissioner Dean Genter said.



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