Albion sewer workers may run Holley’s plant

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 May 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The villages of Albion and Holley are working on an agreement where Holley would pay Albion to run Holley’s sewer plant.

The village of Elba also has reached out to Albion about possibly running Elba’s sewer plant. That discussion is just in the “exploratory stage,” said Aric Albright, Albion’s sewer plant chief operator.

The agreement with Holley, however, is close to approval. The Village Boards from both communities are working on the language for a contract to have Albion provide the service.

Albion has three employees that work out of the Albion sewer plant on Densmore Street. The village wouldn’t add staff as part of the added workload with Holley.

“It’s a win-win situation for both Albion and Holley,” Albright told the Albion Village Board last week.

Albion would provide the manpower to run the Holley plant. Holley would still be responsible for any maintenance and equipment costs. Holley currently contracts with the Camden Group for sewer personnel.

Albright said the agreement brings revenue to Albion’s sewer plant, and also provides personnel services to Holley at a reduced cost.

“It’s a real possibility that all of these communities could come together and help each other,” Albright told Albion village officials. “This would be a huge benefit to Albion.”