Lanny Wallace, Greene County’s utility maintenance manager, is seen at a sewer lift station on Murwood Court in Beavercreek that was damaged by a Memorial Day tornado. The county is looking to replace three lift stations that currently use electric pumps with new gravity systems. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Greene County seeks federal funds for tornado-damaged sewage system

Three sewage pump stations in Beavercreek that were damaged by the Memorial Day tornado were already slated to be replaced, and a new federal grant may help fund the project.

Greene County is applying to receive $5 million from the Economic Development Administration to pay for replacing the pump stations on Murwood Court, Planeview Avenue and Vayview Drive in Beavercreek. The grant application is for a piece of the EDA’s $50 million it’s offering to a six-state region.

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Before the tornado struck, the county had already planned to replace the stations with a gravity sewer and larger-capacity system. The three pump stations, which are within the tornado’s disaster zone, sustained “significant damage” and are therefore eligible for the disaster mitigation funds, according to the resolution county commission approved last week.

Jason Tincu, Greene County sanitary engineer, said the damage to the stations overall was minor.

“The tornado brought light to the fact that the pump stations need replaced. There’s no back-up plan for future disasters,” Tincu said. “We already had a project planned to run gravity sewers and abandon the three stations. This is a really good opportunity for us to get federal funds and save taxpayers a chunk of money.”

County officials said the storm brought down several trees which created barriers and challenges to access the stations and get the pumps running on back-up generators. The plan to replace the stations with a gravity system is aimed at mitigating the risk of power losses and maintaining continuity of operation, and increasing the system’s capacity.

County officials said this project would support new developments with the increase in capacity to the sewage system. Commissioners noted the Mission Point project by the Miller Valentine Group — a development plan aimed at supporting the increase defense contracts tied to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The first office building associated with Mission Point was built off Colonel Glenn Highway near I-675.

The grant program could cover up to 80% of the county’s project costs and requires a local match of 20%. The county’s sewer fund has enough to cover the 20% funding requirement, according to the commissioner’s resolution.

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