BLADENSBURG — Expecting to get into the details of easement agreements, the Knox County Commissioners found themselves instead revising their plans after a visit to Bladensburg on Monday afternoon. At issue is the installment of a decentralized wastewater treatment plant for the hamlet, a move being driven by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Knox County Health Department. The two agencies have identified several of the county’s unincorporated villages as pollution problem spots because aging septic tank systems are failing.
Many residents of Bladensburg have had questions about the proposed system, some of which have been addressed in previous discussion with the commissioners; Monday afternoon, the board traveled to Bladensburg to meet at the site of the miniature wastewater treatment plant suggested by engineering firm ADR & Associates of Newark.
Two sets of stakes have been laid out at the intersection of two fields along the eastern edge of Bladensburg. The fields belong to Joan and Raymond Claggett. A number of neighbors living nearby were on hand to meet the commissioners, including the Claggetts; their son, Dennis Claggett; and Duane Dugan, Lynn Morningstar, Joy Smith and Judy Phillips.