Williamsburg water quality plan to be reviewed

July 16th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: News

A public meeting is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 in Williamsburg to get public comments on an updated Regional Water Quality Management Plan for the village.

The meeting will be held at the Williamsburg Community Building, 107 West Main Street. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, the tri-state’s environmental and transportation planning agency, is considering an amendment to the village’s Regional Water Quality Management Plan.

The original WQM plan was published in 1977 by OKI to assess sources of water pollution and recommend strategies to control them.

According to Jane Wittke, of OKI, the plan has been amended a number of times over the years and OKI is currently considering an amendment that updates facility planning area boundaries and management agency designations for the Village of Williamsburg.

"The amendment would enable treatment improvements and capacity expansion at the Village of Williamsburg's wastewater treatment facility and would identify the boundaries of a wastewater facility planning area for the village, currently identified as part of the Middle East Fork FPA managed by Clermont County," said Wittke. "It would also update management agency designations to recognize Williamsburg as responsible for maintaining the wastewater collection and treatment system within its newly identified FPA boundaries, and de-designate Clermont County as the management agency for wastewater collection and treatment for that area."

The public is invited to attend the meeting or submit comments on the proposed amendment to the OKI Wastewater Quality Management Plan. Comments can be submitted up to the close of business on July 21, to Jane Wittke at the OKI office. For more details or to review the amendment, visit either the OKI office, 720 East Pete Rose Way, Suite 420, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 or Williamsburg Community Building, 107 West Main Street, Williamsburg. Call (513) 621-6300 for more information.

During the Williamsburg Council meeting held on Thursday, July 9, council voted to adopt the tax budget for 2009. A meeting will be scheduled with Finance Committee members to go over the budget with Williamsburg Clerk Mike Murray. He will respond to questions at that time.

Council voted to suspend the three-reading rule and voted to adopt the certification of delinquent utility bills.

Village of Williamsburg Administrator Patti Bates asked for council's permission to write grants for the Village of Owensville. She said she had been approached by a representative of Owensville. Bates noted that although the two villages may be in competition for some of the grant money, she did not think it would pose a problem since the grants are awarded by the state. Council said that if she were paid a straight fee for her services there would not be a problem. Bates also noted that she would be working on Owensville grants on her own time at her residence.
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