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Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:02

Worth Township secures $23 million grant and loans for sewer project; still not enough

(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Worth Township officials say that a $23 million in grant funding and low interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't enough for the construction of a sewer project in the township. At this time, to move forward with the project, residents would face a special $10,000 assessment to cover costs. Worth Township was mandated by the state of Michigan in 2004 to install a sewer system after E.coli bacteria was found during a water quality test. The township never proceeded with the project citing lack of funding. The issue went to court. In the most recent ruling, the Supreme Court says Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act presumes that a local government is at fault for any discharge within its boundaries, regardless of whether it has a sewage system. Officials are seeking help from legislators in securing more funding. A projected completion date for the sewer project, should additional funding be secured, would be in 2015 or 2016-more than 10-years after the initial mandate.