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Marathon Drive to get sewer

By Deborah Lucas Angel

“Something we’ve been needing for a while.”  

With these words during the question/answer session at the Marathon Drive Sewer Expansion open forum, Corinth Mayor Billy Hill summed up the year-long process.

During the public meeting Sept. 21, Hill, City Clerk Tara Wright, Commissioner Kaye Brumley and Richard K. Smith, Project Manager of Lexington’s HDR|Quest Engineering firm fielded questions from residents.

Lonnie Lynn, a resident  of Florence who has a summer home on Corinth Lake, said he thinks the expansion is a “good idea, more sanitary for the life of the lake.  

“It’ll cost us some more.  (But) probably help development through there, septic’s not ideal. No trouble with mine, but if I had a big family, probably would (have trouble).  This will probably keep the lake cleaner,” Lynn said.

Some residents were concerned with the location of the 12 sewage pumping stations.  

In general, there will be one pump station for two houses.  However, sentiments were summed up by William Hagar who stated, “We’re needing this real bad.”

The expansion application is at the Kentucky Division of Water for review and approval which could take up to three weeks.  According to Hill and Smith, the overall process from now to completion may take about six months.  Smith said they expect to conduct  bidding, which will take about three weeks, in October.

Hill said it all depends on the weather.

Once bids are turned and a contractor is chosen, it will take about one to two weeks for the successful bidder to get their plans, budget, etc. submitted and approved.  Next is the construction.

Smith said this will take about four months to complete.  Once construction is finished, residents have 90 days to install their lines and connections.  

Fees include a one-time $750 tap on fee.  Line and hook up installations, which Hill told one attendee can range from $100 to $1,000 depending on what the residence requires (distance for lines, difficulty of installations, etc.) will be up to the homeowner but must be installed by a licensed plumber.

“People not coming in to sign easements will stop the process,” Hill said.  

The easements are for workers to be able to cross properties to install the expansion; without signed easements, workers cannot go onto properties and the expansion will not be completed.  At the meeting, four of the 23 affected citizens attended. Wright said letters had been sent to all affected residents notifying them of the meeting.

Utilizing grant funding amounting to $668,900 and local funds (tap-on fees, etc.) amounting to $15,000; the Marathon Drive sewer expansion project has full funding for completion.

Plans are on file at the Corinth City Building and can be reviewed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Affected residents can also obtain/sign their easement agreements at the office.  For more information, contact Mayor Billy Hill at 859-824-5922.