Sewer Feasibility Information

Lyon Township Gerrish Township 

Sewer Feasibility Study Information

July 01, 2019 

Representatives from Lyon and Gerrish Township met last month with our Engineering firm, Fleis & VandenBrink(F&V) and held the first of several progress meetings to discuss the Higgins Lake Wastewater Sewer Feasibility Study.  

As one of the first steps in completing an engineering study, we discussed potential areas that could be served by a sewer system.  We understand that one of the first questions our residents may have is who may be included in a sewer system.  Having clear parameters to determine which properties should be included is important.  Key factors were discussed, and we began prioritizing and focusing a potential sewer system in areas where it would be most needed and provide the largest benefit.  Some of the factors being evaluated include proximity to Higgins Lake, depth to groundwater, soil types, existing septic conditions, and size of property.   

F&V also shared that they have begun calculating the amount of wastewater that may be generated by a sewer system in the Higgins Lake area, as well as investigating how wastewater could be treated.

Although the feasibility study is underway, we are in the preliminary stages and no decisions have been made.  We know that sharing information and giving opportunities to ask questions is important. As we continue to make progress, we will provide more updates and have opportunities for our residents to ask questions.

May 15, 2019

We are excited to announce today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Lyon Township a planning grant to study the feasibility of a public sewer and treatment system in the Higgins Lake area. The study is in the preliminary stages.

Over the next four months, our Engineering firm, Fleis & VandenBrink, will prepare the study with input from Lyon and Gerrish Township officials. The study will investigate potential sewer service areas based on environmental, land use and public health impacts, prepare alternatives and costs for collection and treatment, and conclude with a recommendation to the Townships based on both need and cost considerations. 

Both Townships are committed to keeping residents informed and involved.  We are planning a public meeting at the end of August of 2019. Preliminary findings from F&V will be presented and residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input.  Throughout the summer, we will provide additional updates on this website.

After the study is completed, the Townships will evaluate recommendations, costs, and potential funding opportunities, and decide if a sewer system should be pursued further.