LIMA — The Allen County commissioners received an update from the Allen Water District and Sanitary Engineer’s Office about various water and sewer projects going on around the county.
The groundwork was also laid out for future projects and how they might be funded, with the possibility of American Rescue Plan Act money being spent.
Projects currently in the works include waterline improvement projects in the Indian Brook neighborhood, as well as the East Regional Waterline Project. The district is also working with the City of Lima to complete a master water plan study, which is expected to be completed in 2022.
Commissioner Beth Seibert talked about the importance of staying ahead when it comes to making changes to the county’s water systems.
“(Allen Water District’s) role is to look at this county and look at it as a palette of opportunity and where challenges are,” she said. “I firmly believe that the board of county commissioners wants to work proactively, not reactively, when we look at infrastructure.”
On top of the projects that are already underway, six other projects could be in the future plans, including a waterline project along state Route 81 to Lafayette and Harrod, extending a line to Gomer and developing a line to serve an industrial park on state Route 65. The projects have not yet been finalized in terms of funding, and a proposal to use some ARPA money has been made.
“Out of about $13 million in projects, they’d like to see about 26 percent of that funding come from the rescue dollars,” Seibert said. “We talked today about justification of projects, how to define the most benefit, who’s being served and what is being served in these projects. I think as we look forward towards actually committing rescue dollars, then it helps us better justify the projects. I think it gives us a lot of confidence on the efforts and the research that is really put into putting certain projects forward.”
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