Commissioners discuss well testing outcomes

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — Following a public hearing earlier this year, the county offered Phoneton residents that would be affected by a proposed water line extension free well testing and the results are in.

The Miami County Commissioners held a public hearing Feb. 4 to discuss a proposed water line extension to Phoneton residents. At that meeting, many residents spoke out against the project, saying that they had good wells and don’t want to pay for a service they won’t use.

At the meeting of the commissioners on Tuesday, County Engineer Paul Huelskamp presented the results of the well water tests.

Out of 153 property owners, more than 40 opted for testing. Of the 43 wells tested, 15 showed unacceptable levels of coliform bacteria, eight tested above safe levels for E. coli, and two tested above safe levels for nitrates.

Many residents of these properties signed a petition objecting to the project, which they submitted to the board earlier this year. The petition states that the property owners oppose the 20-year special assessment for the project and have no need for the water line.

The approximately $2.5 million project would extend water supply service to properties in the Phoneton area of Bethel Township, including properties on E. U.S. Route 40, S. U.S. Route 40, S. State Route 202, South Wildcat Road, Shroyer Drive and Dinsmore Drive.

At the February meeting, Township Trustee Jerry Hirt said the township would fund up to $1 million of the project, not including the more than $250,000 in engineering costs paid from the township’s infrastructure levy. The county is also receiving funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the project.

By Cecilia Fox