By DIANE DIERKS
Clay City has obtained $3,998,500 in grant and loan money to update the wastewater plant that is currently operating over capacity.
According to Roy Chenoweth, town council member, Clay City was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Community Focus Fund and another $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development. A loan totaling $2,967,000 was also secured through the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development with a repayment period of 40 years.
An order has been in effect in Clay City since October, 2002, prohibiting any new construction, unless there is an existing sewer line connection.
Chenoweth said the town has outgrown the existing waste water treatment system that was installed in the 1970s. He is hopeful the town will continue to grow at an even faster rate, once the new treatment plant is completed and the ban is lifted.
The town will begin accepting construction bids Oct. 5 and the completion date of the plant is projected for August, 2007, barring no difficulties. Residents should expect no interruption of services during construction.