JEFFERSON —The cost to homeowners in Plymouth Township who live in the Meadowood allotment and have to tie into sanitary sewers was finalized Tuesday.

The Ashtabula County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution approved the final assessment for the cost of constructing a sanitary sewer extension on Elmwood and Oak Streets and Cherry Lane. The owners of 39 different parcels will have until Aug. 12 to pay the $3,750 assessment or they can have the assessment added to their property taxes over a 20 year period.

The county was under mandate to replace failing septic systems with connections to the nearby Meadowood wastewater treatment plant. Half of the Meadowood allotment is in Plymouth Township and half is in Saybrook Township.

The septic systems in Meadowood had been the subject of EPA mandates since 2011 and in 2017, an order was given to extend sanitary sewers to address pollution from the septic systems.

The Saybrook Township side had switched to sewers in the late 1970s. Now all the homes being assessed on the Plymouth Township will have until July 2020 to tap in to the sewers. 

The more than $600,000 sewer construction project was aided by two rounds of funding equaling more than $300,000 through the Appalachian Regional Commission, according to Ashtabula County Department of Environmental Services Director Nick Sanford.

In 2017, residents were faced with the prospect of having to pay $13,000 to $17,000 assessments over 20 years for the project. Commissioner Casey Kozlowski praised the efforts of Sanford and Ashtabula County Community Services and Planning Director Janice Switzer for getting the assessments lowered significantly and also working with homeowners to remove old septic systems from properties.

“They’ve done considerable work,” Kozlowski said.

In other business Tuesday commissioners:

Approved $109,559 for design and bidding services for firm CT Consultants for a Clay Street water main project.Approved a resolution for bids for resurfacing of portions of Pymatuning Lake, South River and Windsor Mechanicsville Roads was also approved.Approved a resolution accepting $80,000 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety Office of Criminal Justice Services for the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County.Approved a grant loan agreement for an Ohio Public Works Commission for an $800,000 project on Brown Road, Denmark Township, for completing asphalt overlay, clean and set ditches, widening the base, replacing pipes and other improvements for Phase 2 of the project.