Statham gets sewer grant

STATHAM - Residents of downtown Statham who are on septic tanks will soon have a chance to hook into sewer.

The city was awarded a $100,000 Georgia Fund sewer grant from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority to help finance a sewer extension to 153 homes scattered throughout downtown Statham.

The total project cost is about $3 million. GEFA provided $2.79 million in a previously approved Georgia Fund loan, leaving Statham to contribute $146,273. The grant will help offset some of that cost.

"We've been running lines for a year," city clerk Susan Gabriel said. "There's lots of places downtown that don't have sewer. If they want to get off septic, this funding will help greatly."

Information was unavailable as to the length of time it will take Statham to pay back the $2.79 million loan.

Raye Stockmeier, Statham's assistant city clerk, lives about a half-mile from downtown and is waiting for the day she can hook into sewer.

"I would love to get off of septic," she said. "When it rains, you can't wash clothes, you can't take a shower, because the tank fills up."