The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program spearheads the Cinnamon Lake sewer project

West Salem wastewater treatment plant seen here Thursday, November 18, 2021. TOM E. PUSKAR / TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

WEST SALEM – Cinnamon Lake and West Salem have received a $ 1 million grant from the State of Ohio, which will be used to upgrade their water infrastructure.

Ashland receives large grants: The Community Foundation awards more than $ 245,000 in grants

The Ohio Rural Communities Assistance Program, a program that provides counseling services to help rural communities meet their drinking water and wastewater treatment needs, is spearheading the project.

The search for funding began in 2019, when RCAP began working with the Lorain County Rural Wastewater District (LORCO) to help secure funding for the constriction of a proposed sanitary sewer main from the Cinnamon Lake Homeowners Association at the West Salem Village Wastewater Treatment Plant. CRPA said in a written statement.

Still according to the statement:

LORCO took possession of the Cinnamon Lake wastewater system in 2017, and at the time, the system’s treatment plant was in poor condition and was the subject of an “injunction and civil penalty complaint” by the Ohio EPA.

As part of negotiations, the Cinnamon Lake wastewater system will be connected to the West Salem processing plant, decommissioning the existing Cinnamon Lake processing plant.

The project will include the installation of approximately 22,047 linear feet of eight-inch discharge line, the installation of two new raw sewage pumps and a maintenance building at the current plant site of Cinnamon Lake processing.

Once the new sewer lines are installed, the existing Cinnamon Lake treatment plant will be decommissioned and no longer in use, said Pam Ewing, senior rural development specialist for Ohio RCAP.

What are the plans for the former Cinnamon Lake processing plant?

Parts of the Cinnamon Lake wastewater treatment plant will remain intact, although parts of the plant that actively treated the wastewater will be removed and dismantled, LORCO executive director Gene Toy said.

The roughly four miles of underground pipeline will lie along the causeway of County Road 620, Toy said.

“[We] didn’t know we would get two sources of funding in the form of grants … combined to pay for almost 90% of the project, ”Toy said. “It’s really unheard of. We were lucky and in the right place at the right time. “

In addition to the $ 1 million, a CDGB-Residential Public Infrastructure grant of $ 750,000 was awarded to the project through Ashland County Commissioners, who sponsored the application, according to public records.

The estimated cost of the project is $ 2,053,600.

The remaining cost of the project will be paid through a federal loan from the EPA, and construction of the new sewer lines is expected to begin in early spring, Ewing said.

Cinnamon Lake Water and Sewage Treatment Plant shown here Friday, September 4, 2020. TOM E. PUSKAR / TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Cinnamon Lake Water and Sewage Treatment Plant shown here Friday, September 4, 2020. TOM E. PUSKAR / TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Currently, the new West Salem wastewater treatment plant is under construction, although a completion date is unknown.

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This article originally appeared in the Ashland Times Gazette: Cinnamon Lake Receives $ 1 Million Grant to Modernize Water Infrastructure

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