More than 100 interested and concerned residents packed the Riverside Center on Wednesday evening to express their views surrounding a proposed rural sewer district project intended to reduce the amount of human waste entering county waterways.
The opinions voiced during the three-hour meeting ran the gamut — from tepid support for the project to passionate and strenuous opposition to the financial burden that would be placed on an estimated 233 households in Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village, should the project be approved. Others simply expressed impatience, urging members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District's board of directors to simply make a decision after more than two years of dialog surrounding the proposed rural sewer collection system.
The sewer project, if approved, would serve residents in the unincorporated areas of Monmouth, Roe Acres, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village by collecting household sewage and pumping it to the city of Decatur's wastewater treatment plant for treatment. The sewer collection system would be financed in part by a $2.5 million loan from the USDA Rural Development program and $2 million in low-interest loans — a total which represents 45 percent of the project cost.
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