State grant goes to Midway for drainage improvements

(Posted Oct. 2, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

More drainage improvements are coming Midway’s way to help alleviate flooding issues.
On Oct. 21, the Ohio Department of Development announced the award of a $392,700 critical infrastructure grant to the village of Midway (Sedalia) to replace collapsed tiles and connect existing storm lines to the drainage systems along State Route 38 and State Route 323.

Madison County government officials applied for the funding on behalf of the village through the state’s Community Development Block Grant program. The village will provide $21,800 in matching funds toward the project.

Midway’s existing storm water system is a combination of 19th century clay tiles and miscellaneous additions from the past 40 years. The system cannot handle runoff generated by the slopes north of the village. As a result, storm water floods residents’ homes, septic systems, and wells.

Residents report that when their leach fields flood, their basements flood with gray water and raw sewage. This backs up their household plumbing systems, preventing them from flushing toilets or using their sinks and showers. The septic backups also overflow into the open swales and ditches along roadways and in residents’ yards. According to the grant application, raw sewage contaminated a resident’s well in at least one instance.

The village has already done some drainage work on the west and south sides of town using money leftover from another CDBG-funded project. The new $392,700 grant allows for additional improvements throughout the village, benefitting 287 residents. Those improvements include installation of 2,750 linear feet of storm lines, 14 culverts and catch basins, and two manholes.

According to Whitaker Wright, senior planner for CDC of Ohio, the county’s grant administrator, engineering and design work likely will begin in December or January after which the project will go out to bid. CDBG rules require that the project be completed by August 2024.

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