A Brief History of the District
In the late 1950’s, Wood County had minimal water and sewer facilities in the county (except for the larger and medium-sized municipalities). Fostoria, Bowling Green, Perrysburg, Rossford, Walbridge, and a small part of Northwood, had publicly owned water and sewer services.
In the Early 60’s, development along Woodville Road resulted in Wood County building a wastewater treatment plant near Millbury. The county’s sewers were built in parts of Northwood and edges of Perrysburg’s old corporate limits by the mid 60’s too.
In 1966, Ohio Governor James Rhodes told Wood County they needed to provide water and sewer to the new Chrysler-Machinery facility in Perrysburg Township. This resulted in the construction of the E. Broadway pump station and Oregon Road water tower. In the meantime, water mains to connect Toledo with Rossford were used as a temporary connection.
As subdivisions were built away from the municipal areas, developers built small wastewater treatment plants/collection systems in subdivisions such as Country Manor, Green Acres, Williamsburg and Arlington Woods. The county assumed control of these locations once built.
In the north, In the 1970’s, we built the large sewers in the northern ends of the county which connected to Perrysburg wastewater treatment plant and Lucas County wastewater treatment plant, sewers extended to Millbury from Oregon and sewers installed in Perrysburg Township were connected to Toledo (via Miami/Oakdale intersection). Water came to Northwood from Oregon at this time, too.
In the South, water was extended to Portage in 1976 from Bowling Green, as well as for some of the outside subdivisions. This was part of the early development for us on the water business side of county operations as it was extended in the north and south.
In the 1980’s, NE Plant abandoned and a new trunk sewer to Oregon was built. Most of the work being done was on the sewer side by the county and the water work was contracted to the cities.
Walbridge asked Wood County to assume control of their W & S systems during this time, too.
In 1991, water was extended to Rudolph and Arlington Woods from the City of Bowling Green south. Master meter contracts were negotiated with the city’s administration, during this time which expanded the departments’ involvement with master-metered water purchases.
In the late 80’s-90’s projects, such as water and sewer to Exit 5, (in Lake Township) water to landfill was extended on Rt. 6, west of BG. By this time, the county was serving about 5,500 (+ 1,100 sewer only customers) managed by the Wood County Sanitary Engineering Department under County Commissioner control and most of the billing and customer service done by Toledo and Oregon in the north.
Discussions started with Linda Amos, County Administrator and Jerry Greiner about forming a regional water and sewer district in 1988-1993 mostly initiated by the county and northern townships.
Under ORC 6119-after much study it was decided to form the Wood County Regional Water and Sewer District. Board of County Commissioners included Robert Latta, Marilyn Baker and Leonard Stevens with strong support of the county’s townships especially Lake and Perrysburg Townships.
In December 1991-Judge Kurfess granted a preliminary order establishing the District and issued draft operations plan be written to implement by May 18, 1992.
Commissioner Leonard Stevens was very involved and asked John Cheney to serve on board. Cheney didn’t realize the commitment he was still going to be involved for 22 years after 100’s of meetings of the District. Nine county-wide board members were involved in countless meetings to set-up the District.
On March 16, 1992 amended petition to the court (remove Pemberville & Walbridge) communities. On May 17, 1992 preliminary court approved board members (Pemberville & Walbridge removed) and the Board was tasked with a plan of operations (POO) due in 6 months.
On June 21, 1992, Judge Kurfess ordered District to be organized, decide requirements for POO and swear-in ceremony for board occurred.
On December 17, 1992, the court extended the time necessary to file the POO until May 18, 1993. Meantime, the county fended lawsuits from Toledo, Northwood and Perrysburg on various utility and contract issues.
On March 17, 1993-Final order establishing District-(Cygnet & Rossford removed from petition) and started operations in January 1994.
In 1995, the District finished its largest waterline assessment and revenue bond project in Lake Township and Northwood.
At the time our members included 14 townships (w/o Perry, Montgomery, Jackson, Webster, Grand Rapids) and 3 municipalities including (Jerry City, Custar, Millbury) all of whom were considered part of the District.
Wood County transferred all water and sewer facilities to the District which included water and sewer lines, pump stations, contracts, trucks, equipment, real estate and employees and all debt ($8.3 m) to the Wood County Regional Water and Sewer District.
We were in business!
Our office operation was in a small space on the 3rd floor of the county office building and our (O & M) field operations crew was at the Woodville Road operations area which was at our old abandoned wastewater treatment plant.
-2002 new facility which expanded in 2013
-Members-all townships (and part of Scott Township in Sandusky County).
-Now including 12 municipalities Bairdstown, Bloomdale, Custar, Cygnet, Hoytville, Jerry City, Millbury, Milton Center, Risingsun, Rossford, West Millgrove, Weston