The Village of North Kingsville and Kingsville Township are both seeking to expand sewer access, though efforts are in the early stages.
Doug Starkey, director of the Ashtabula County Environmental Services Department, said his department has had preliminary conversations with both North Kingsville and Kingsville. Both entities are in the process of surveying those who would be impacted by the expansion, Starkey said.
Commissioner J.P Ducro said both North Kingsville and Kingsville had reached out to the county independent of one another. The county recommended that both entities focus on an area that they definitely wanted to add sewers.
“The county charged both municipalities with reaching out to parcel owners to determine their desire for sewer service,” Ducro said.
In Kingsville Township, the efforts are based around the Route 193 exit on Interstate 90.
Jim Branch, chair of the Kingsville Township trustees, said in an email that surveys had been sent out to the 19 property owners who would be served by the potential sewer system. Most of those property owners are businesses, he said. The township has received answers from almost half of the property owners.
All of the responses so far have been in favor of the sewer expansion, Branch said. If the property owners are all in favor of the expansion, the county will cover the $18,000 cost for the study.
The township has met with county commissioners and the environmental services department.
“Our hope is to have an answer from all property owners within the next couple of weeks,” Branch said in the email.
Kingsville currently has a wastewater treatment plant on Green Road. The study would look at creating a new wastewater treatment facility in the area of the interchange, Branch said.
North Kingsville Mayor Mindy Bisbee said a committee has been formed to look at sewer service for areas with high concentrations of businesses to help those who are trying to expand or are thinking about opening a location in the village.
“I commend the communities for trying to be progressive, and look for opportunities for growth and economic development expansion in their communities,” Ducro said. He suggested that the two communities reach out to one another and see if they could work together.