Northwestern Water and Sewer District

Panel dips its toe into water options for northern Wood County

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News No one brought a dowser’s rod to the meeting on finding a solution to regional water needs Tuesday night. PowerPoint presentations were the tool of choice. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District hosted the Regional Water Informational Meeting at the Holiday Inn French Quartet in Perrysburg to inform officials and residents of some of the possibilities being considered to provide water to the district’s 6,500 water users in northern Wood County. Three options were discussed, though several others exist. Audience members included citizens concerned about tapping into the Michindoh Aquifer. The district’s search was prompted by the Toledo water crisis in summer of 2014, and then by the upcoming end in 2024  of the district’s contract with the City of Toledo to provide water. Toledo is undertaking a massive rebuild of its water treatment system. It has invested $500 million already with another $300 million in planned spending, explained Rex Huffman, the district’s legal counsel. Huffman discussed the ongoing negotiations about forming a Toledo Water Commission. The commission idea hatched in the wake of Toledo City Council’s rejection of another proposed joint entity the Toledo Area Water Authority. The authority, which would have included Toledo and eight largest entities, would have taken control of Toledo’s water system. City officials balked at the authority because of that, and fear that those who buy Toledo water would have too much control over the rates. Under the commission, Toledo retains ownership of the plant and is responsibility for financing improvements as well as retaining ultimate control over rates. However, as Huffman explained, the commission would establish the rates, and then Toledo City Council would have final say. But in order to overturn the commission’s action it would take a super majority. That arrangement, Huffman said, would result in uniform rates, long-term stability, and a regional approach to emergency management of water resources. Commission would also provide a forum to explore redundancy in the water sources, so entities would not be left high and dry in the event of another water crisis. “The dialogue between the city and the suburbs has never been better,” Huffman said. That was demonstrated by the overwhelming support for the commission by Toledo voters in November, he said. Theodore Bennett, an engineer with Jones & Henry, discussed the possibility of Maumee, Perrysburg and northern Wood County communities getting their water from Bowling Green.  Bowling Green already sells water to Waterville. To extend it to the other 6,500 customers would more than double the demand on its water treatment plant. The current demand is for 7 million gallons per day. The new entities would have a demand of 11 million gallons per day. The plant’s capacity is 11 million, so an addition or new plant would have to be built.  New pipeline, including across the Maumee, would also have to be run to service these new areas, Bennett said. The entire project cost would be between $95 million and $130 million.  But how this would be structured would have to be decided. Would Bowling Green expand the plant, pay for it, and pass the costs along to the new customers? Or would the district fund new treatment facilities? The initial feasibility study is scheduled to begin in January, he said. Maumee and Perrysburg are also involved in the early stages of looking at the possibility of tapping into the groundwater in the Michindoh Aquifer, which extends under the western part of northern Ohio and into Indiana. Tom Borck, an engineer with Poggemeyer Design Group, said that the interest in groundwater came from increased concerns…


Meeting on water options for northern Wood County set for Dec. 18

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will hold a Regional Water Informational Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter Depot Conference Center, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg.  The meeting will provide an update with the latest information regarding possible water options, including Toledo water, Bowling Green water, and water from the Michindoh aquifer in Williams County. As an established regional water authority, The District continues exploring long-term water supply options for approximately 6,500 water customers, including those in the cities of Rossford and Northwood, The Village of Walbridge, as well as customers in Perrysburg Township, Troy Township, and Lake Township.


Weston waterline work begins Tuesday

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will be replacing an existing six-inch diameter waterline on Center Street, from Main Street to Euler Road.  A small portion of waterline along Euler Road will also be replaced.  As part of the project, crews will also replace an existing four-inch waterline in Cygnet on Cygnet Road from I-75 to Elm Street.  The purpose of the project is to improve water quality and fire flow protection.  Work will be performed by Salenbein Trucking and Excavation.  This $338,000project will begin Tuesday, Oct. 2 and continue through December.  Restoration work will take place following substantial completion of the project in December.  This work is weather dependent and may not take place until the spring.  PROJECT IMPACT:  There will be a slight impact to traffic and local traffic to homes will be maintained.  There will also be scheduled water service interruptions.  All impacted homeowners will be notified in advance through door tags or automated phone call.


Search for water extends west to wells, north to Detroit

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   As Lake Erie starts to take on a green tint again this summer, entities north of Bowling Green are  scouting for quality, affordable water – with no clear source in sight. So the search continues, now shifting west to an underground water source, and north to Detroit. Proposals change by the week, according to representatives of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, who recently updated the Wood County Commissioners on the issue affecting much of the northern half of the county. The district provides water to 6,500 customers in Northwood, Rossford, Walbridge, Lake Township, Perrysburg Township and Troy Township. The water is purchased from the city of Toledo – and future contracts with the city are on shaky ground. The proposed Toledo Area Water Authority – which many had pinned their hopes on as a solution that would work for the entire region – appears to be dead in the water, according to Jerry Greiner, executive director of the district. Toledo balked at the idea of sharing ownership of its water plant, even though it meant other entities would then help with the towering expenses to update the plant. “Whether you’re the city of Toledo or Bloomdale, cities don’t want to give up their utilities,” said Rex Huffman, attorney for the district. But the district, Huffman said, sees the water customers as the owners – not the city. With the sinking of the TAWA plan, Toledo is now offering another possible option. Last week, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz talked about establishing a regional water commission with representatives from each community that buys Toledo’s water. The commission would then set water rates for all customers based on the true cost of service and would make decisions about capital improvements. The district is willing to consider any viable option, Greiner and Huffman said. “Some easily dismiss it, and say ‘I don’t want to deal with Toledo.’ But I think that’s a mistake,” Huffman said. The district may support this concept if it meets the long-term goal of reasonable, uniform, fair water rates, Greiner said. Water customers in Wood County share one priority. “That’s the number in the lower right hand corner of their bill,” Huffman said. Toledo rates have always been the lowest in the region – but major improvements are needed at the water plant, Greiner said. Bowling Green and Oregon rates are good, but both would need expansions to serve the district. So the district is continuing to consider all its water options, Greiner said. That includes a groundwater source through Artesian of Pioneer, in the northwest corner of Ohio. “They happen to be sitting on one of the largest fresh water aquifers in our part of the world,” Huffman said of the aquifer that extends into Michigan. “They tell us it’s an underground Lake Erie – that’s how big it is.” The district and other area entities in search of water are even looking as far away as Detroit. Unlike Lake Erie, where the algal blooms are showing up again this summer, Lake Huron has no harmful algae. The city of Detroit is sitting on extra water, since industries are using less water, and there are fewer residents to serve. The city of Sylvania is leaning pretty seriously toward Detroit water, according to Doug Miller, of the district board. Water from Detroit already goes as far south as Monroe, he said. “Transporting water a long way is expensive, but not as expensive as we used to think,” Huffman said. “It’s all about what our customers pay. We’re trying to find the…


Toledo deal likely dead in the water, but search for options continues

By JERRY GREINER President, Northwestern Water & Sewer District At The District, we continue to explore options for water for our 6,500 customers in Northern Wood County who are currently served with water provided by The City of Toledo. The District owns and operates the water and sewer systems within the political subdivisions of Northwood, Rossford, Walbridge, Lake Township, Perrysburg Township, and Troy Township.  We have provided quality water services to these communities for years and will continue to focus on quality water and fair rates during these talks. If you are confused by media reports or are wondering where The District stands, hopefully, this summary can clear things up.  Keep in mind that talks continue and there are new developments daily, so the opinion in this entry is subject to change. The Toledo Area Water Authority (TAWA) The Toledo Chamber of Commerce-led proposal for Toledo to share ownership of their plant etc. has stalled most likely ended.  The current mayor of Toledo’s representative said they had no support from Toledo City Council to proceed with it.  The Toledo Chamber has done a remarkable job with the effort and expense and continues to have hope in some form of regional cooperation.  The District continues to participate in TAWA discussions, but at this point does not see it moving forward. TOLEDO WATER COMMISSION IDEA In late May, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz proposed a regional water commission.  In this plan, water purchasers (like The District) could buy water at a wholesale rate and have a “commission-like” board seat that would oversee rates.  However, Toledo would withhold the right to set final rates and retain ownership.  A technical committee has been meeting to review details of this plan. I think our Board of Trustees may support this idea for this concept as it meets our long-term goal; reasonable, uniform fair water rates.  While it keeps all suburban parties at the table, until Toledo’s council “weighs-in” on this idea, it’s just more talk.   PERRYSBURG-MAUMEE-THE NORTHWESTERN WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT AND THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN Last Thursday, The District’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution to partner with the Cities of Perrysburg and Maumee to fund exploring alternative water options, of which there are several under consideration.  For example: Continued talks with the city of Bowling Green Discussions with Artesian of Pioneer (AOP) on a groundwater source Review of using Ottawa County as a water source A request for detailed specifics on what all parties require (RFQ) will soon be issued. SUMMARY The devil is in the details, which will hopefully be outlined by the end of this year.  Once we have them, we plan on hosting a public meeting and sharing our preferred alternative.   There are many options to consider, some reasonable, some not based on distance, water capacity or water quality concerns.  The District team is focused on fair rates and delivering quality water.  We encourage our members and our customers reach out to us with questions.  More to come…


NW district weighs water options from Toledo, BG

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Concerns about water quality, quantity and costs have resulted in a possible regional water system with Toledo in the center. But if that Plan A falls apart, then the northern Wood County area is eyeing a possible Plan B involving Bowling Green water. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District held a public meeting in Perrysburg Thursday evening to talk about possible options for approximately 6,500 of its water customers in northern Wood County. To serve its northern customers, the district currently purchases water from Toledo, then distributes it to Rossford, Northwood, Walbridge, Perrysburg Township, Troy Township and Lake Township. The status quo has been disrupted in the past few years by several concerns about Toledo water quality and cost. Toledo has been ordered to make many water system improvements, with the costs being passed on to customers who already pay large surcharges. Complaints from communities served by the district have shown growing dissatisfaction over the rates and the water quality since the Toledo system went through the algal bloom crisis of 2014. The district’s contract with Toledo water expires in 2024 – which in water agreement years is not much time. Meanwhile, talks with Toledo are still not quite complete, and negotiations with Bowling Green haven’t even begun. Rex Huffman, attorney with the district, explained at Thursday’s meeting that several political entities served by Toledo water share the same concerns. So after months of negotiations, the Toledo Area Water Authority was created. Signing a memorandum of understanding for TAWA were officials from the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, Toledo, Lucas County, Maumee, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Whitehouse, Fulton County and Monroe County. “We have a chance to really look at regional water,” Huffman said. “We want to link arms, work together, solve these problems regionally,” he said. The TAWA agreement focuses on providing economical savings and environmentally safe water for all parties, according to Eric Rothstein, an attorney who is helping to form the water authority. “This is an approach to a regional water system that benefits all parties,” Rothstein said. The proposal calls for a redundant water supply source, so the 2014 water crisis is not repeated. And it calls for transparency in the pricing structure – which does not exist now with the Toledo charges, Rothstein said. “There’s a commitment to financial transparency,” he said. “Rates will be based on the cost of doing services,” not on arbitrary surcharges like now. In the last decade, water rates from Toledo doubled the rate of inflation. Rothstein predicted the same for the next decade. He also noted that TAWA may be the best way for the region to address replacement of lead surface lines, and provide bill assistance for those in need. Then came the discussion of Plan B by Jack Jones of Poggemeyer Design Group, which studied water options at the request of the Wood County Economic Development Commission. The commission asked for the study of other options a couple years back when Toledo was a less than willing partner in the regional negotiations. “They thought it prudent to look at options for northern Wood County,” Jones said. Though the Toledo water talks have turned productive, there is still concern that the regional effort may be tenuous. “We need to protect our customers and give our customers options,” Jones said. So Poggemeyer Design Group identified three options including Bowling Green water, a water intake at the Bayshore power plant, and a Maumee River intake. During the collection of data on the options, Bowling Green rose as the top choice of the alternatives, Jones…


Public meeting on Toledo Area Water Authority initiative set for Feb. 15

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) will host a Regional Water Informational Meeting on water supply options in Wood County Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m., Quality Inn, 10612 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. As an established regional water authority, The District is exploring long-term water supply options for approximately 6,500 water customers in Northern Wood County, including the cities of Rossford and Northwood, The Village of Walbridge, as well as customers in Perrysburg Township, Troy Township, and Lake Township. The District is currently exploring options with the Toledo Regional Water Authority (TAWA) as well as other water sources in Wood County. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public by presenting information regarding these options, prior to making the decision to sign an agreement with TAWA. Information on TAWA and most the recent Wood County Economic Development Study will be presented. Click for more information on TAWA. Click for information on the most recent Wood County Economic Development Study. https://www.facebook.com/events/1597726893 Directions: From I-75, take Exit 193 (US 20), head east on Fremont Pike (US20), right on Lakevue Drive, the Quality Inn will be on the right with parking and access to the conference room facing US 20. ACCOMIDATIONS/RESERVATIONS: The District’s public meetings and events are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need assistance in participating in a meeting or event due to a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact The District at least three (3) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation. To reserve a seat, please call or email below. Phone: 419-354-9090 EX 193 Email: district@nwwsd.org


Northwestern Water and Sewer District active exploring creation of regional water authority

By DAVID DUPONT & JAN McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News Officials from the Northwestern Water and Sewer District will continue to take Part in talks aimed at creating a regional water authority. The proposed Toledo Area Water Authority would purchase and operate the Toledo water plant. Jerry Greiner, the district president, said in an interview that talk of creating a regional water district has been going on for 15 years. But Toledo officials have always insisted they were not able to sell the water plant. Now the new administration of Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz is saying that selling the plant is possible, or at least leasing the facility. That plant is in the midst of a $500 million retrofit, that’s about 60 percent done. Toledo is facing financing the rest of the job. As Toledo does this work required by the EPA, it is facing renegotiating contracts with many of its customers, including NWWSD. That contract expires in October, 2024. Those entities are looking for alternate sources of water. Greiner and the district’s general counsel Rex Huffman have been part of the discussion with eight other entities, including Perrysburg. About a third of the district’s 19,000 customers receive water from Toledo, not including those who get Toledo water through Perrysburg. The district draws its water from five entities in all, including Bowling Green. Greiner said that the possibility of the district contracting with Bowling Green to get water is still open. At a district board meeting this morning (Jan. 25), trustees gave the nod to Greiner and Huffman to go ahead and agree to continue to be part of the planning. No formal vote was taken. Rob Armstrong, one of the nine board members, objected. He was concerned about the district’s representation on the water authority governing board. As outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding, the district would share a seat on the board with Fulton County. The seats are apportioned based on the percentage of Toledo’s water that an entity draws. The district draws 5 percent, and Fulton draws 3 percent, Huffman noted. Perrysburg has its own seat, and it consumes 6 percent. District board members indicated they would favor having Greiner or Huffman represent the district, but restrictions spelled out in the memorandum exclude them. Armstrong said he did not want to go forward not knowing who would represent the district on the board. Board Chair Mark Sheffer said the board’s action simply keeps them at the table to continue investigating the process. The district would still have to negotiate with Fulton County to decide on a representative. At the meeting, Huffman downplayed the importance of the identity of the representative. As shown by the district’s own board, he said, people set aside their parochial interests in favor of the good of the organization once they are on the board. On Jan. 31 the entities will meet to sign off on continuing the process, but that does not commit them to being members. Huffman said the district will have until March 15 to commit to its share, $250,000, of the cost of a study on merging the entities. Following that a public meeting will be held to solicit comment. The final contracts will not be signed until June or so. “We need to hear what people think about this,” Sheffer, told county commissioners later in the morning “It’s probably a 100-year decision for our rate payers.” Representatives of the district briefed the commissioners on the proposal. They assured them that the district would remain its own entity. It would help fund a regional study and then benefit from lower water…


Poe Road closed for waterline work

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District announces the following update on the construction of the Potter Road Water line installation in Plain Township.  Updates are highlighted in bold and underlined.  Work was postponed due to weather. Potter Road Waterline Installation Effective, Wednesday, January 17, from 9am-4pm, Poe Road between Tontogany Road and Range Line Road will be closed for waterline installation.  Detour: Tontogany Road; Long-Judson Road; Range-Line Road.  Effective Thursday, January 18,through March, expect lane restrictions on Potter Road from Poe Road to Long-Judson Road for waterline installation.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Project complete: March.


Water & Sewer board reappoints members, reports on projects

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees passed resolutions today involving next year’s board appointments and new construction projects. The District’s Board of Trustees will remain unchanged for 2018.  The Board passed resolutions reappointing three members.  Melinda Kale, will remain on the Board and was appointed by township members in The District.  Bill Verbosky, was reappointed by the municipal District members, and William Hirzel, was reappointed by the Wood County Commissioners.  All three will be officially sworn in for their three-year terms in January. The District will now move forward on several projects approved by the Board.  Today, the Board passed resolutions to accept bids on upcoming construction projects.  These investments will improve water infrastructure within Rossford and the Villages of McComb and Weston. The Board also approved a resolution to seek a low-interest loan through Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA).  This fall, all project bids have come in below the engineer’s estimate.  According to District Manager of Engineering, Tom Stalter, “Because our customers fund these projects through rate revenues, we seek low-cost loans and time competitive bids.  By making these efforts, we hope to reduce future rate increases.” Rossford The Lime City and Buck Road waterline relocation project was awarded to Buckeye Excavating, Chagrin Falls, Ohio for a bid of $373,445.  Engineer’s estimate: $410,000.  This project will move a portion of the waterline near the intersection of Lime City and Buck Road to allow for the construction of a planned ODOT roundabout.   Work is expected to start in the spring. McComb The McComb water system improvement project was awarded to R.A. Bores, of Monroeville, Michigan, for a bid of $271,299.  Engineer’s estimate: $227,436.  This project will replace old waterlines in the Village, including portions of Scott, Todd, South and High Streets.   Construction is expected to begin late this winter. Weston The Weston Silver Street waterline loop project was awarded to Vernon Nagel, Inc., of Napoleon, Ohio, for a bid of $263,391.  Engineer’s estimate: $338,500.  This project involves the installation of a waterline along a portion of Silver Street, which will loop and improve the system.  The project will also include the installation of fire hydrants and valves.  Construction is expected to start in the spring. The District Board of Trustees minutes are posted online. http://www.nwwsd.org/about/board-of-trustees/agendasminutes/


Northwestern Water and Sewer District honored for financial reporting

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has received The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  This is the second form of recognition The District’s finance office received this month for its CAFR.  The District was recently awarded the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. According to a GFOA press release, The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.


Gypsy Lane closed for sewer work

Effective Thursday, September 21, from 8 a.m. until  4 p.m. daily, Gypsy Lane Road, between Rudolph Road and Sand Ridge Road, in Bowling Green will be closed for sewer maintenance. Detour: Rudolph Road to Sand Ridge. All work is weather permitting.


Water district consider alternate line for water emergencies between Perrysburg & BG

From NORTHWESTERN WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s (The District) board of directors recently approved the findings of a feasibility study.  The study examined the possibility of an alternative water interconnection between the water systems of The District and the Cities of Bowling Green and Perrysburg for use only during an emergency. The $85,000 study, funded by the Local Government Innovation Program, shows that during an emergency, these areas in Wood County would be provided with safe, potable water. According to District President Jerry Greiner, “Essentially, it shows that it’s possible for Bowling Green’s water supply to provide water to communities currently using Perrysburg supplied water and vice versa in an emergency.  It also can provide water to District customers in parts of Middleton and Perrysburg Townships.” The study included sampling and testing of the various water supplies at different ratios to verify the safety of co-mingled water and how such a system could be constructed. The three parties involved to will continue discussions to decide if they would like to move forward with design and construction. A presentation and full study are posted at nwwsd.org. http://www.nwwsd.org/news/2017/2017/08/emergency-water-study/


Water & sewer districts honors employees

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) has announced that employee Jarred Myers received the Collection Systems Award from the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) Northwest Chapter in Napoleon, Ohio. This award recognizes Jarred for his hard work in wastewater management in the area. Jarred is a Water Sewer Construction Crew Leader at the District, holds an EPA Class II Water Distribution License and an EPA Class II Waste Water Collection License. On Tuesday, May 9, five District employees, Claud Barringer, Bryan Martikan, Jarred Myers, Tom McGrain and Todd Saums, competed in the Operations Challenge regional invitational in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The “Ops Challenge” is an intense competition involving timed events in wastewater treatment operations, maintenance, laboratory, safety and collection systems personnel. The team “Dirty Deeds,” took first place in lab, second in safety, third in collections and third place overall. The team is scheduled to compete in June in Cincinnati, Ohio in a statewide competition in hopes of advancing to the national operations challenge in Chicago this fall.


Sugar Ridge still under EPA orders to get sewers

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   For a decade now, the community of Sugar Ridge has been on the Ohio EPA’s clean up list. In 2007, the Wood County Health District got a report of a sewage nuisance in the unincorporated village located north of Bowling Green. The EPA took over sampling and “deemed it a sewage nuisance,” said Lana Glore, director of environmental services at the Wood County Health District. The area was ordered to connect to a public sewer system. But that proved to be easier said than done. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District conducted a feasibility study to find out how to make it affordable to hook up the homes to public sewer. “They found it was very costly to build the sewer” – too expensive for the average homeowners in Sugar Ridge, Glore said last week. The project recently came onto the health district’s radar again when a concerned citizen reported that a resident of the Sugar Ridge area was trying to install a new sewer without approval, on Long Street. Upon inspection, Glore found that the resident was actually trying to fix a drainage system. She also found serious ground water drainage issues that could be affecting the septic systems. Residents in the area were advised to pump their septic tanks more often and lessen their water usage if possible. Worsening the situations is a plugged ditch along Sugar Ridge Road. Middleton Township officials are looking at how that ditch may be cleaned to allow for proper drainage, Glore said. The bad news is the septic systems are not sufficiently handling the sewage. But the good news is that the residents’ water sources seem to not be affected, Glore said. Results from homeowners who had their water sampled showed that the wells have casings high enough to not be contaminated. “Those fortunately look OK at this point,” she said. So the next step seems to be revisiting the feasibility of the project. Jerry Greiner, executive director of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, said getting sewer to Sugar Ridge is estimated to cost $1.3 million. There are about 63 homes that could be connected to the system, with 43 of those in the community of Sugar Ridge. Depending on how the project is financed and how many people hook into it, the cost per household could be about $160 to $170 a month. “That’s an incredible cost,” Greiner said. Grant funding is likely available for the project, however, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District staff was unable to get people of the community to fill out the necessary financial forms. “We couldn’t get the people to cooperate to do that,” Greiner said. “We’ve been struggling for a couple years to get this going.” The Sugar Ridge community is split by Middleton and Center townships. The statistics available for Middleton Township show a median household income of $88,311, one of the highest among the county’s townships. The data on Center Township shows a median household income of $64,500. Greiner suspects the household incomes in the Sugar Ridge area are even lower – which would help the district secure more grant funding for the project – which would make the project more affordable for residents. “That’s what stalled us in finding grant monies,” he said. To find the best solution to the problem, Glore said a meeting will be held soon with officials from the Ohio EPA, the water and sewer district, the health district, and both townships involved.