CHIPLEY – The City of Vernon is getting a much needed loan from the county to repair their sewage treatment facility after votes were cast June 7 during a special session of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners.

The board approved a measure to loan the city $28,000 from the Franchise Fee fund to make the repairs and bring the system up to date.

Commission Chairman Tray Hawkins addressed Vernon City Council earlier in the week on the issue. Hawkins spoke about how the plant could bring in revenue in future years to sustain itself with repairs or upgrades as needed.

“If we can get the plant back up and running, the revenue funds could go into an account to use for repairs and updates in the future,” said Hawkins.

With the system back up and running, it will allow for area sewer pumping businesses to have a local facility to use rather than driving to the closest plant in Port St. Joe, 90 miles away.

The loan is set to be paid off within a year with revenue from fees generated at the plant itself.

Local businessman Davey Odom expressed his gratitude for the board’s swift actions in dealing with the issue.

“I want to thank you for the movement on this,” said Odom. “It not only impacts me but the taxpayers of Washington County. “

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in workshop at 9 a.m. on June 13.