Licking County Commissioners formally notified Pataskala by letter May 17 to object to the city's plans to expand its sewer-service area under an EPA-approved "208 plan," in reference to the federal law that allows the EPA to designate sewer-service providers in a geographic area.

Licking County Commissioners formally notified Pataskala by letter May 17 to object to the city's plans to expand its sewer-service area under an EPA-approved "208 plan," in reference to the federal law that allows the EPA to designate sewer-service providers in a geographic area.

Following a utility study performed in 2010 by W.E. Stilson Consulting, engineers for the city, Pataskala decided it would promote the city's utility service to expand its service area, allowing existing capital costs to be spread over a larger customer base.

"The study also said it was important for the city to consider ways to extend service, for the future sustainability of the system and the best interest of the system," city administrator Tim Boland previously told ThisWeek, noting that likely service areas included the state Route 310 corridors north and south of Broad Street and the area near Route 310 and state Route 161.

But an opportunity for Pataskala might be a lost opportunity for Licking County and the county objects, according to the May 17 letter.

"Commissioner (Doug) Smith expressed Licking County's concern regarding the plan's proposed encroachment into the County's existing 208 service area within the unincorporated boundaries of both Jersey and St. Albans Townships," according to the letter. "Commissioner Smith iterated the county's opposition to the city's proposal in that area and stated that Licking County would go on record to that end."

The letter states that the commissioners will pursue their objections with Ohio EPA and asks that Pataskala limit its service to its corporate boundaries.

For more on this story, see the May 29 edition of ThisWeek Licking County.