MURRAY CITY — There is a glimmer of light at the end of the sewer project tunnel and it’s time to prepare residents for the next step in the process.

The sewer project for the Village of Murray City and Carbon Hill had been talked about for several years before construction finally started in late fall of 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

This meeting will hopefully allow residents to see that the end is in sight. Gary Silcott, principal of Stantec Consulting Services (the engineering company of the project), says this meeting is for the Hocking County Health Department to go over the process of grant applications for those who qualify.

The meeting is open to all Murray City and Carbon Hill residents and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Though it will most likely be another two or three months before connection notices go out to Village residents, the health department wants to ensure everyone knows about potential grant funding to help pay for the connections to the sewer system.

The meeting on July 16, at 7 p.m. at the Murray City Municipal Building will be to discuss assistance to properly abandon sewage treatment systems and connect homes to the new sewer system. Through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the health department is able to provide funding for qualified residents through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).

Hocking County Commissioner, Sandra Ogle, stated in Thursday’s commissioner’s meeting, she hand delivered a lot of the flyers to residents in Carbon Hill and Murray City to ensure residents realized the importance of attending.

Eligibility requirements are for owner occupied residences only, must be current on property taxes and meet the following income guidelines:

• One to four occupants of household, 100 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $24,600, 85 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $49,200, and 50 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $73,800.

• Five occupants of household, 100 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $28,780, 85 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $57,560, and 50 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $86,340.

• Six occupants of household, 100 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $32,960, 85 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $65,920, and 50 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $98,880.

• Seven occupants of household, 100 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $37,140, 85 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $74,280, and 50 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $111,420.

• Eight occupants of household, 100 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $41,320, 85 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $82,640, and 50 percent of project costs paid if annual income is at or below $123,960.

If you cannot attend the meeting and still want more information, contact the Hocking County Health Department at 740-385-3030.

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