September 15, 2014

Twining Sanitary Drain to be improved

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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TWINING — Improvements to the Twining sewer system are expected to begin some time this fall.

Arenac County Drain Commissioner Larry Davis said the sewer system is old and in need of repair.

“This is a system that was built around 20 years ago and has not really been touched since,” he said.

Davis said the sewer system currently services 70 users in the area.

Davis said the village of Twining runs the system, but it is owned by Arenac County. He added Davis said the improvements will cost around $286,000 when completed, and will be funded by a $7,000 grant from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe and a zero-percent interest U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG).

While a REDLG is given by the USDA using federal grant money, according to the USDA website, it does have to be paid back.

Davis said the federal loan given to the village was approximately $207,000, plus the $7,000 the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe allocated to the village. To finish the project, Davis said the USDA loaned an additional $60,000 for the project, bringing the total funding to approximately $286,000, in turn lowering the percentage Twining residents will have to pay in interest toward the loan to 2.5 percent. Residents currently pay 6.5 mills on the sewer. Davis said with out the money from the DOA, residents of Twining would have faced a millage increase.

“Without the federal loan, residents would have been paying up to 13.5 mills or higher,” he said. “With the loan in place, residents millage will stay at 6.5 mills.”

Davis said the federal loan was a big help for the village.

“This loan is a lifesaver for residents of Twining,” he said. “The loan can be paid off without a (millage) increase to residents.”

Davis said a public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Arenac County Building located at 120 N. Grove Street in Standish.

“After the meeting, if there are no objections, we will begin the bidding process,” he said.

Davis said he is ready for the project to begin.

“Without this project being done, there would have been a lot of unhappy people in the village of Twining,” he said.

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