Village of Risingsun
Risingsun Mayor Rick Whetsel is happy to report that a long-planned sewer update for the village of 600 people is almost complete. Planning for the new system began in 2006 with warnings from the Ohio EPA to shut down ancient septic systems and develop a water treatment program. Mayor Whetsel knew that the work was necessary. Most buildings in the village were built before 1950 and many before 1939. Before the new system, many houses shared both a well and a septic system with a neighbor.
Mayor Whetsel first looked to link his village to the nearest existing system in Fostoria, about eight miles away. The estimated cost was much more than the village could afford. Mayor Whetsel formed a sewer committee and began working with Poggemeyer Design to research the alternatives. They discovered that it would be more affordable to build their own plant, and have it operated by Northwestern Water and Sewer. Now the pipes have been laid and the system is nearly complete. The mayor expects that one problem that requires an easement from the school system will be resolved after the next school board meeting.
The Village of Risingsun has been a member of TMACOG since it was established in 1968. Mayor Whetsel says, “The village has used TMACOG for help with grants and with working with federal agencies. We asked TMACOG to help us work with ODOT on issues concerning State Route 23. We have always gotten value for our membership. When we call and ask for help, someone gets back with us right away with an answer.”
The next major improvement in the village should be sidewalks that will be funded by a Community Development Block Grant. The mayor expects work to begin in the spring of 2010. In other village news, next year will be the last for Risingsun’s elementary school. High school students have long attended a consolidated school and starting in 2011 students in kindergarten through eighth grade will attend a new school outside the community of Kansas.