By Lonnie Huhman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scio Township saw the need to invest more into its utilities department, especially after considering the needs and demands being placed on it with further growth in the township.
The result of the investment, $1.8 million, is being unveiled at a ribbon cutting and open house of the new utilities department building addition onto the township hall. The open house takes place from 1 to 4pm Saturday, Oct. 27.
Township supervisor Jack Knowles said the new township building addition was badly needed as the utilities department outgrew its former space while at the same time it was busy with continuing development growth in the township.
Knowles said the open house event will have tours through the building, refreshments offered and should be, “a great community event.”
The new addition takes the department’s space from 500 square feet to 5,000. There are four garages with parking and storage space, and much needed office space. The addition was paid out of the sewer/water reserve fund, so Knowles said no general tax dollars were used.
Utilities department director Scott Martin said the new space was badly needed. He said they had to keep some equipment outdoors, which is not good in the long haul when considering the impact of the weather. Martin said the addition is exciting and helps a busy department concentrate on what they do best.