By Toni Stauffer
The Summerville Road Sewer Extension Project is set to begin August 16 and should wrap up sometime in November. The project will run sewer from Glenwood to St. Andrews, approximately 9,000 feet (almost two miles).
“We have been in communications with the city since last school year,” said Headmaster Frankie Mitchum. “The sewerage has been needed at Glenwood for a long time. With our continued growth, septic service is no longer a healthy alternative. With the sewerage addition, we will have the capacity to expand our facilities as needed. We would like to thank the Mayor and council for recognizing our need for a healthy environment for our students. We look forward to the completion of this project.”
A sanitary lift station and approximately 9,000 feet of force main will initially provide sanitary service to Glenwood School and the entire area.
“We’ve been approached by developers on the north end of the city,” Utilities Director Steve Smith said. “This will open up the area to future development.”
One end will be 100 yards west of Publix and the other end will be at Glenwood School. Funding will come from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program with an estimated cost of $1.2 million.
The project will not result in a utility rate increase because the SRF Loan/Principal Forgiveness helps to prevent increases. However, the meeting agenda stated that does not mean that rates will not increase in the near future because there are many projects that need funding.
The Utilities Department held a public meeting July 26 at the Central Activity Center to give an overview and answer questions, but even though a public notice had been published in the newspaper and online, no one from the community attended.