Rescue plan

Town of Tiffin receives US bailout grant

Tiffin, Ohio – This week, the town of Tiffin received funding of $ 390,000 from the State of Ohio under the American Rescue Plan Act – Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program.

This grant and other funding sources are to be used to eliminate existing septic systems for homes in the Town of Tiffin.

Earlier this year, the Town of Tiffin submitted a request for $ 390,000, which represents 75% of the construction costs of an estimated $ 520,000 project that proposes to phase out all domestic wastewater treatment systems. (HSTS), otherwise known as septic tanks, within city limits. . This awarded funding, along with local sewer and other American Rescue Plan Act funding, will fund 100 percent of all costs associated with connecting 10 properties to the city’s sanitary sewer system.

This project proposes to improve water quality by reducing the number of illegal discharges into the municipal sewerage system. Planning and design for this project will begin in early 2022, with the expectation of starting construction in late 2022 or early 2023.

The Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grants Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Development in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will provide nearly $ 250 million dollars to improve access to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Grants are awarded up to $ 250,000 for design projects and up to $ 5 million for construction projects to communities in Ohio. Public entities within a political subdivision with the power to own and operate public water and sewerage systems and public not-for-profit and non-community water supply systems were eligible.

Tiffin City Engineer Matt Watson said, “I greatly appreciate the support of the State of Ohio for our project. This funding will allow us to complete several long overdue projects that will benefit not only properties that did not have access to a public sanitary sewer, but also the city as a whole in terms of water quality.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Thank you to the State of Ohio for their financial support for this very useful project. I also applaud City Engineer Matt Watson for using our dollars with these grants to complete important projects like this without placing the entire burden on local taxpayers.