Garver Lake sewer plant plans delayed for 120 days

The Ontwa Township Board agreed to form a separate board to look into plans to build a wastewater treatment plant on Garver Lake.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Action to delay the process of constructing a wastewater treatment plant for 120 days was approved Monday night, May 12, by the Ontwa Township Board.

The move brought cheers from the audience after the board in a unanimous decision yielded to the pressures of the citizens who made it loud and clear that they do not want a sewer treatment plant built across the street from where they live on Garver Lake.

The board also agreed to create a seven-member sewer board. The new board will be selected from a pool of applicants with expertise in wastewater treatment and its various problems, and/or with management experience. Applicants should apply at the township hall at 26225 U.S. 12 E.

Several persons spoke to the board about the fines the township must pay to the Elkhart sewer plant, including a recent one for $10,000 for readings of hydrogen sulfide in the sewer and one last February for $11,750. One lady said, “that’s ludicrous.”

One man said he believed that it’s coming from two businesses in the industrial park.

“If you see that the people don’t want this, why are you moving forward? It’s a joke. It’s not needed,” resident John Bossler questioned.

The new seven-person board is to make decisions on the project instead of the three-member township board.

Audience members had organized with “recall” signs to recall township board members, and at one time held up their signs to show that they meant business. They were pleased, however, with the formation of the of the new sewer board, so no action was needed.

The wastewater treatment plant plans have also attracted the notice of Elkhart County residents who are concerned about the effects on Cobus Creek.

The next township meeting is 7 p.m. June 9.


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