The City of Somerset, Kentucky, held a groundbreaking ceremony April 17, 2014, to mark the beginning of the Midtown Sanitary Sewer Project. The City has experienced significant growth during the past 10 years. As a result, their sanitary sewer system is overloaded and experiences significant inflow and infiltration. This project will replace approximately 12,400 linear feet of undersized trunk sewer with 24- and 30-inch PVC and ductile iron pipe. These improvements will greatly increase the system capacity reducing sanitary sewer overflows.
The $3,000,000 project is funded through a $1,800,000 U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) grant as well as local funds. The event was attended by Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler; City Council Members Jim Rutherford, Mike New, Tom Eastham, John Minton, Jimmy Eastham, and Jim Mitchell; Carrie Weise, City Attorney; Alex Godsey, City Engineer; Charles Dick, Somerset Wastewater Manager; Dana Whitis, Water and Wastewater Coordinator; Martin Johnson, Gary Epperson, and Charles Combs, Somerset Wastewater Department; and Eric Weddle, Weddle Construction.