A big step was taken to try and put an end to the stink that’s been looming around Muskingum County’s sewage problems, and it could be solved by working with the city of Zanesville. After years of discussions and studies over the county’s sewage mess, this is the first ever document drafted that tries to sniff out the problems. The ordinance authorizes Mayor Jack Fenton to enter into an agreement with Muskingum County regarding the expansion and upgrade of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The council went into executive session to discuss terms of the agreement. They then moved to amend the document so that the proposed 50/50 split of the total cost was not part of the deal. Muskingum County Commissioner Don Madden was at council and he said that without sharing the total cost, the county wouldn’t have enough revenue to pay for the project. The cost of the project is estimated to be between 16 to 18 million dollars and if an agreement is reached it could still be another four years before the project is completed.