A project set to cost $1.8 takes a step forward Monday.
Quicksall and Associates met with the Muskingum County Commissioners to submit the contract for the design plan for sewer project in the Avondale area.
Currently, Avondale contributes to a lift station near the Wal-mart that pumps excess water to another station. The area has seen problems because of it and is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to correct it.
"During periods of wet weather and it vary as to how much snow melt, ground water saturation and things of that nature, depending on how bad those conditions are that system will backup and actually discharge to the environment," explained the Vice-President of Quicksall and Associates Michael Jones.
The project will also eliminate the need for residents to use septic tanks which will reduce the amount of water coming into the lift station.
"The goal would be to submit the design, get the plan submitted to the EPA by early spring and have it go through the EPA approval process which is typically about two months," explained Jones.
Currently the project is awaiting approval from the Ohio EPA for funding that would help pay a portion of the project. They may also apply for a CDBG grant for more funding.