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Posted: 12/18/13

Washington Twp begins
research on sewer plant

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Talks of annexation and a need for sewer has spurred the investigation of a sewage plant in Washington Township.
       Washington Township is investigating the construction of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that would serve the northern portion of the township as well as neighboring communities.
       Supervisor Dan O'Leary said the plans were brought on in part by the talks of Romeo annexing a 550-acre parcel on 32 Mile Road to provide sewer to the parcel, but also to provide sewer to the northern end of the township.
       "We're sensitive to the fact that properties are trying to get sewer and Romeo is unwilling to provide it in an intergovernmental agreement," he said. "This would address those needs to those people."
       Two sites are under consideration for the WWTP, and engineers are examining capacity requirements through a sewer study. Permit availability is also being investigated.
       O'Leary said he met with bond advisors on Dec. 3 about the project. He said some township projects like the WWTP or a water tower may need to be bonded, and a meeting would be scheduled to discuss the details.
       "Washington has sufficient resources and a million reasons to do it," O'Leary said.
       He said the WWTP would provide sewer services to current and future developments like those along Van Dyke from 29 Mile Road to 32 Mile Road. In particular, he said an assisted living development located on Van Dyke north of 30 Mile Road would not need to build a septic field.
       "If they don't have a septic field, they can build more buildings," he said.
       Armada Township has expressed interest in the WWTP as a way of bringing sewer to its industrial district, a section of which Romeo has considered for annexation to provide sewer services.
       Armada Township Supervisor John Paterek said the township is hoping to join with Washington to provide sewer to its 2.5 square mile industrial corridor at 33 Mile Road and Powell Road. He said information the township gathered regarding sewer services in the corridor has been shared with Washington.
       "We don't need a large amount, but without water and sewer it just won't develop as well," he said. "The ultimate goal is to create jobs."
       The area already has water thanks to a 16-inch pipe provided by Bruce Township. Paterek said his board is supportive of bringing sewer to the area, especially after plans to receive them through Romeo resulted in talks of annexation.
       "I guess it was a blessing in disguise, as we'll get immediate relief in the industrial area," he said.
       O'Leary said if other communities like Ray Township wanted to join as a customer or as a co-owner Washington would allow them to do so, but additional communities aren't required to move ahead with the project.
       Bruce Township receives sewer services through a contract with the Village of Romeo for the use of its WWTP.


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